Essential Dog Road Trip Tips!
Essential Dog Road Trip Tips!
Melbourne, 3 Jan 2019 - If you follow us on Instagram, you would have seen our story updates of our recent family road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. We specifically planned a road trip as we wanted to take our furbaby Duke with us. Here are our top tips for a successful and happy dog-friendly road trip.
1. Plan Dog-Friendly Accommodation
Whether you choose to camp, glamp or book a bed and breakfast, you need to check that your accommodation is dog-friendly. Thankfully sites like Airbnb allow you to filter your search down to 'pets allowed'. If you are thinking about camping sites like Park Victoria list dog-friendly campsites. And Take Your Pet lists a range of accommodation options. If you're not sure, it's always worth calling the campsite/hotel beforehand to check that your furbaby is welcome.
2. Plan a Dog-Friendly Route
Check the route for dog-friendly pit stops, like parks, before you head off so that you have a place for a quick run-around and wee (for you and your doggo). There is nothing worse than your pup crying to let you know she/he needs a wee and being stuck on the highway with no safe place to pull over.
3. Plan a Dog-Friendly Location
Research your final destination(s) for dog-friendly parks, beaches, eateries and wineries/bars. Government sites like Good Living South Australia or the Parks and Forests section of the Queensland website will give you dog-friendly walks/parks and beaches. If you are staying in a dog-friendly bed and breakfast, your hosts might have some useful information for you too, so be sure to ask them for advice. If you're part of a dog group on Facebook, like AireNet Australia for Airedale Terrier owners, ask your fellow group members for tips.
4. Pack the Essentials
Just as you would pack a bag for yourself or your child, you need to pack a bag for your furbaby too. This way you can keep everything together.
- Water and Food Bowl
- Dog Food (to save bringing the entire bag, you can measure out enough for each day, plus a little spare, into an air-tight container. If you usually use a cup/device to measure your dog's food, bring this too).
- Poop Bags....bring plenty!
- Dog leash and collar (ensuring the collar includes an up-to-date tag and council registration tag)
- Copy of medical record and certificates (if you don't want to bring physical copies, save all the documents in a Google Drive Folder, or something similar for easy access)
- Copy of insurance details (see above if you don't want to pack a physical copy)
- Dog brush and a couple of old towels
- Dog bed /and or blanket
- A kennel (if your pup usually sleeps outside)
- Favourite toy/s
- Treats (if you usually use these for commands such as 'come' particularly if you're letting your dog off in a new area)
- Occupier treats (great if you will leave the pouch alone for a few hours and you're worried about them destroying your accommodation)
- Pop-up shade (if you plan to spend days at the beach, pack some sort of shade device for your pup to relax in)
5. Keep That Doggy Seatbelt On!
Keep your dog safe, when the car is in motion ensure your furbaby is restrained with a pet seat-belt, car restraint or in a kennel. If this is new for your pet, try and get them used to it before heading off on your trip.
6. Get Your Pooch Used To The Car
If your pooch is not used to the car, take them on a few short trips before you head off. Start off with a short journey, and slowly build up the time. Drive somewhere fun with your pooch, like to the park or beach, so that they can start to associate the car journey with a fun destination.
7. Prepare For the Worst
Make sure your pup is microchipped, their collar has a tag with your up-to-date contact information, and bring a print out of a recent photo, just in case they decide to wander off on an adventure of their own!
Research where the local vets/emergency vets are located and bring a copy of medical records/insurance details.
Be aware of local wildlife. Will there be kangaroos, snakes, crocodiles where you are staying, and do you know what to do if your pooch comes face to face with one of these animals? Do a little research beforehand, to be as prepped as possible.
Check your pup at the end of each day. Look over their coat, paws and ears for grass seeds/tics, wounds, etc.
8. Pack a camera/ GoPro
Take a camera or video camera to capture these special memories. Will this be your pups first time swimming? Be sure to pack an underwater camera.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY......HAVE FUN!