Best Practices for Traveling With Your Dog

Traveling with your best furiend is always fun and alleviates the worry of wondering what’s happening with your pup while you’re not at home. However, cars aren’t designed with canines in mind, so you need to be prepared when taking them on the road with you by planning ahead and taking advantage of these travel tips.


  1. Exercise. An exercised pup means a tired pup and a tired pup always travels better. This will allow for a peaceful car ride when you depart on your journey and will make it easier to get them to travel in a crate rather than in the second row of the vehicle, freeing up more room for your passengers or cargo. A lot of cities are now offering “Doggie Daycare” in which you drop your pup off for a full or half day of play time with other dogs at a dog-specific facility. An exhausted dog will travel so much better than an anxious dog when it comes time for your trip.

  2. Invest in a car seat. Yes, dogs can sit in car seats too, and they serve multiple purposes. First, they obviously keep your dog in a safe and secure position so they won’t jump into your lap while you’re driving, or get thrown into the air if you’re involved in a collision. Second, they create a calming atmosphere for dogs who may get stressed on car rides.

  3. Consider a harness if they are too big for a car seat. If your dog is on the larger side, a car seat may not be feasible, but a harness could be a good option so they don’t get harmed in the event of an accident.

  4. In extreme circumstances, use a sedative. For longer trips, you may want to consider requesting a sedative from your vet so that your dog won’t distract you from the keeping your eyes on the road. If can’t hurt to take this precaution to prevent the amount of stress on everyone.

  5. Do your research. Dog forbid you run into a situation where your pup requires medical attention, but you’d rather be prepared if such a crisis does ensue. Researching the nearest vet clinic or animal hospital would be beneficial when traveling long distance so you know where to go if your best buddy needs immediate medical attention on your trip.


Taking these extra measures for your dog and for your vehicle will ensure that there are no surprises when you begin your travel, and will make all the difference when it comes to bringing them on your vacation! We have many Volvos that would make for great vehicles to take on your next roadtrip and allow for plenty of room for your four-legged friend as well! Come see us and we’ll find the best fit for your budget and specifications.


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