Long car trip - tips?

I have a very long road trip coming up (LA to Portland) and I'll have my two pups with me, riding in the back seat. Any advice on car safety, feeding, breaks … ??

Thanks!

Lori

I drove from Baltimore to Oklahoma City with two boxers in a Dodge Dakota, lol, for us we kept their feeding schedules the same. We stopped about every 2 hours to stretch legs and potty breaks, walk around a little. Our guys ate at 7 in the morning and 7 at night so it was easy to keep their schedule on track.

Are you stopping over night?

@ZenGrrrl:

I have a very long road trip coming up (LA to Portland) and I'll have my two pups with me, riding in the back seat. Any advice on car safety, feeding, breaks … ??

Thanks!

Lori

Back seat as in crated? or doggy seat belts? Please don't let them ride loose…

Feeding is not necessary, usually will cause more problems with motion sickness, mine that travel all the time to shows, I never feed them while we are driving, but I do give them bully sticks to chew if they want... normally they sleep the entire time (at least till you slow down to get gas or food for yourself..:D ... potty breaks at the same time that you gas or feed yourself...is fine... for me the faster I get there the better...

@tanza:

Back seat as in crated? or doggy seat belts? Please don't let them ride loose…

I have a seat belt for the smaller one but not for the larger dog, and don't have a crate for either. Should both be put in separate crates? And if so, should they be Veri-Kennel (hard plastic) type crates? I was planning on buying collapsible crates.

Lori

If you have a regular car I'd say just seat belt them both, thats how mine are. I don't like the idea of putting a crate in the backseat of a car (just me) because it limits visibility.

Either or… but please make sure they are secure in a crate or seat belt... my personal choice would be each in their own crate.. I use the wire so there is not a problem with visibilty for them or me... And with belts you need to make sure that they don't chew their way out.

Regardless it is very, very dangerous to have an animal loose in the car... god forbid you would have an accident.. or stop someplace and have one of the bolt from the car...

I have traveled up and down the West Coast... and mine just sleep .....

Mine just sleep also. When I stop for gas, they awaken and we take them out to potty. Otherwise, no stops…. they sleep the whole time, really.

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