Ever since the pandemic and from having staycations, more and more people are enjoying the road-tripping life. Whether you are travelling down the Irish Wild Atlantic Way, taking in the sights of the gorgeous Lake District or discovering Scotland’s Route 66 – adding your four-legged friends to the passenger list can only add to the excitement!
Bringing your four-legged family member along for your road trip is so much fun but it can also add a few speedbumps of its own. To make the most out of your trip, it is always best to be fully prepared before you set off. We have our top 5 tips to make your road trip a safe and enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Packing Checklist For Your Dog
Just like you would create that mental checklist when heading off for a few days, don’t forget to create a checklist with your furry friends in mind. There are of course the essentials, - water bowls, leash, waste bags and food (Our Naturo Trays are perfect for transporting on trips and eating on the go), but don’t forget about those delicious treats to keep them content during the journey. Our sister brand, Norsh Pet Foods has created a raw, freeze-dried treat for cats and dogs. high-quality, naturally tasty treats in 100% compostable packaging are the perfect road trip treat for your pet! You can find out more on their website: https://norshpetfoods.com/
Travelling with your Dog in the car
While you’re driving, the safety of your family and your four-legged passenger is a priority. It’s easy for cats and dogs to get a little restless after hours of travel and we can’t blame them, we do as well! A crate or car harness is a great way to keep your pet safe for the entire journey. Dog Behaviourist Leon Towers recommends a travel crate, covered with a soft cloth will make your pet feel safe and secure for your journey. Visit our Instagram Highlights for more advice from Leon’s Q&A! https://www.instagram.com/naturopetfood/
Pet- Friendly Pit Stops
When planning your road trip, don’t forget to research your rest stops to make sure they are pet friendly and suitable for your furry companions. Parks, rivers, and forests are perfect for the whole family to stretch their legs and enjoy the scenery. This will also allow your pet to burn off some extra energy and help them relax more before setting off again! It’s also recommended to research your restaurants and cafés to ensure they allow dogs and if they need to be kept on a leash.
Talk to your vet.
A quick visit to your trusted vet is recommended to ensure your pet is healthy and ready for their holiday. It also gives you a chance to ask questions about possible car sickness and anything else which might be on your mind. It is always recommended to ensure your pets have a microchip and that all contact details are up to date. While we never want or expect to be in those scenarios, a missing pet while travelling can be a scary experience.
Basic Commands for your Dog
You want your road trip to be as relaxing as possible to enjoy the break and the quality time with your four-legged family member. But while you are in a new environment, it can be frustrating if your pet will not follow commands. We recommend taking some time to practice your most basic commands with your dog, such as, ‘Come’ and ‘Heel’. This could help you and your pet feel more confident while on the road and allow you to relax and have fun.
Now you're ready for your amazing 2023 Road Trip! So get the sunglasses on, pack your pup's favourite Naturo dish and hit the road!