On the Road with Fido: Tips and Tricks
Now that you’ve purchased a second home in beautiful Pine Canyon, you will likely be doing a lot of traveling between Flagstaff and Phoenix – Fido included. It’s an exciting new journey filled with unknowns, but the tips here will ensure you not only get settled in, but have a relaxing trek on your trip between homes.
Although you won’t be moving out entirely, there may be a few items you wish to transfer to the new home such as furniture and décor. Your pup won’t notice much difference in your current home, but if he isn’t used to car travel, it’s a good idea to get some practice in with a crate. Before you make your first full trip, give your pooch a few weeks to get acclimated to crate travel. Start by getting your dog use to the crate in an area of the house he is comfortable in such as the living room, and place and toys and familiar items inside for comfort. Once your dog is comfortable, take a few short trial runs before building up to the full ride, and talk with your vet if you notice any motion sickness.
Once you arrive at your new home, try your best to mimic what your dog is use to by placing his bed in a similar area and keeping up with routines. Don’t forget to find a veterinarian so that this truly becomes your dog’s second home. Once you are settled in, leash up and explore the neighborhood. Use this time to start exploring the dog-friendly fun in the area such as the agility equipment at Thorpe Dog Park or the hiking trails at Kendrick Park. You and your pooch will certainly love cooling off at Upper Lake Mary, which is one of two manmade lakes in the area. After all that exercise, treat yourself to a cold brew at Mother Road Brewing Company followed by some tasty BBQ at Satchmo’s. Both are dog friendly.
The distance from Phoenix to Flagstaff is about two hours, so it is important to always be prepared when the unexpected happens such as traffic or car trouble. Bring along a collapsible water bowl and fresh water, especially on hot summer days, and pack a doggy bag complete with food, treats, waste bags, toys, leash, bedding, and any medications. Make sure your dog is wearing an I.D. tag at all times should he escape or get lost, but don’t forget to update it so that it displays both of your addresses. If your pooch isn’t a big fan of collars, consider microchipping as a more permanent form of identification. As was mentioned above, your dog should either be in a crate or securely fastened with a safety harness. It might be tempting to let Fido sit in your lap or lay across the backseat, but should an accident happen, the restraint will reduce injuries.
Don’t forget to take breaks when needed. Your pooch will likely be able to make it the entire way there without stopping, but if he seems uncomfortable, make a quick pit stop so he can find some relief. While you can’t plan ahead for unexpected traffic, you can use your phone to check for traffic delays and find detours. In addition, you probably know better than anyone which time of day is the worst as far as traffic is concerned, so avoid those times so the trip is quick and pleasant for everyone.
Moving and traveling with Fido in tow doesn’t have to be stressful or even difficult. By planning ahead and keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be a pro in no time.
Article Courtesy Of: Medina at dogetiquette.info