This Thanksgiving, 42.5 million people are expected to hit the road to visit family and friends, according to AAA. You can visit our Pet Travel Tips page for an overview of the way that Cici and I roll. And want ideas about where to go, be sure to visit our Free Guide to Pet Friendly Cities (places we’ve visited and recommend). But here are a few more fun pet travel tips for pet owners traveling with their dogs this holiday season.
Cici and I suggest:
If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to put towels, seat covers and/or sheets over the car seats to stop the fur from flying all over the place. Bergan’s travel seat protectors can help. I’ve also seen dog seats (like car seats for kids) that you can get although we’ve never tried any of them.
It’s also a good idea to bring pet food in a plastic storage bin to keep food fresh. And I always carry a pet travel bag for Cici filled with her items (toys, treats, green first aid kit including Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy, aromatherapy oils such as Lavendar and more). And if you are into hiking with your dog, there are backpacks for dogs to carry their own weight.
Now here’s a word from other dog travelers:
From Lucy Postins, CEO of The Honest Kitchen: (Cici loves Keen pet food)
Adding a small amount of dried ginger or ginger tea to a light meal before you depart can be beneficial for pets who are prone to sickness in the car. Some dogs do better if they fast right before hitting the road.
I have three dogs…90 lb, 75 lb and a 40lb that travel three times a year
between Minneapolis and Denver with me . I do several things:
1. they all wear their seatbelts which attach to their harnesses, and to
the actual seatbelt. Without those, they’d be all over the place.
2. We listen to either classical music or Through a Dogs Ear music. Both
really settle them down and lull them to sleep.
3. We stop at dog friendly parks where there is a gated area and they can
RUN. Just walking them on the leash doesn’t cut it.
4. When it’s dark, they just go to sleep. But if I’m trying to do it in a
day I use Happy Traveler, which is an herbal mixture my vet recommended.
That also keeps them very relaxed. (it’s chamomile, hops, etc)
5. I don’t give them rawhides or too many treats. Driving makes them very
thirsty, and those make it worse.
Tips from Bart the Dumpster Dog
I suggest crating the dogs in the back of the car or tethering them or at least providing some Kong-type toys to occupy them.
Dog appeasing pheromones can be spritzed in the air. Also
available as a plug in outlet or as a dog collar (there is a kitty
version as well). This is the stuff the mommy dog emits to the
puppies. It can be helpful in stressful situations (one of my dogs is
Some swear by gingersnap cookies. Others like the Calming Cap by
Premier Products (which lowers the visual stimulus for the dog). One
owner showed me how she would just put a puppy potty pad in the crate
with the dog to make her clean up easier. If you go this route, carry a
zip style bag to seal off the pad and something like Nature’s Miracle
really cuts the smell.
a favorite toy, bed and a couple of treats. I like to teach “place” on
a dishtowel. I can bring the towel, do a quick review of the command in
a new place and the dog understands that all the rules from home, apply
Sit Dog Stay
When traveling with a dog to visit relatives who might be a little
squeamish, win them over with wonderful treats like a Doggie Candle or a
Doggie Room Spray or some kind of all-natural aromas with a
pet-friendly twist and the wonderful thing is that when you get them from
Soap Hope, all the profits go to lift women from poverty. They make a
great housewarming gift for your travel host, especially since the gift
note says “Every dollar of profit from this gift will empower a woman to