Road tripping with your dog can be a little stressful sometimes. However, road tripping during the winter can be even more stressful! Snow and cold temperatures make it more difficult than in the summer months. However, it shouldn’t stop you and your pup from getting out there and going on new adventures! So here are some tips on how to make Winter Road Tripping a little easier.
Plan Out Your Stops
It’s cold out these days, which can make rest stops a little tricky. If you have more than one of you in the car, alternate who gets to go into the rest stop. This ensures someone is always with the dog. If you can’t guarantee that, go quickly and make sure you keep the heat on in the car for your dog.
Get Creative with Activity
Each time you stop, you should allow your dog some time to let out some energy. Now, your normal rest stop isn’t going to have a dog park so you’ll need to get creative with it. Find some park benches he can jump up and over or take a few laps around the outside of the parking lot. Now, if there’s snow that’s even better! The plows will have made some nice and tall snow piles. So make your dog climb up them! He’ll have lots of fun and get out a lot of energy. Keep an eye out for signs that your dog is too cold like shivering or lifting of the paws. But you don’t need to do this for very long. You’ve got places to be! Just a few up and downs on the snow piles will be enough to get out a little more energy.
Blankets, Blankets, Blankets
Make sure you have some blankets in the back seat for your pup. Now, using blankets that smell like you or your dog are even better. It makes them a little more comfortable because it smells familiar and safe. It will help them settle into the drive a little easier. Also, in case of an emergency, you will have blankets for you and your dog to keep warm with. Now, no one wants that to happen, but it’s always good to be prepared.
Along the lines of emergencies, just in case anything should happen or if the temperature should drop drastically, it’s not a bad idea to have a sweater or coat on hand for your pup. Any extra warmth will be appreciated by your four legged friend. It’s always good to be prepared!
A Few of Their Favorite Things
On any road trip, make sure you have a few toys that your dog loves that they can entertain themselves with while you’re driving. Anything to help them not be quite as bored is helpful. Remember, you’re trying to make this drive as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for everyone.
If you have any more winter road trip advice for you and your dog please feel free to share!
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