If you’re planning on taking a road trip with your dog, you have the chance at a great adventure and a lot of wonderful memories. But you also want to make sure you’re prepared, so you don’t end up far from home and in a frustrating situation with nowhere to stay or other issues that could put you and your pet at risk. Here are some vital road trip tips to consider.

Find Pet-Friendly Hotels Before You Travel

Before heading out on the open road, you’ll want to figure out where you and your dog are going to spend the night. When you’re traveling alone it’s easy to pick a hotel when you get tired, and stop for the night. Since not all hotels are pet friendly, though, you don’t want to take a chance on picking one when you’re ready to stop. Do your research beforehand, instead.

Look for Restaurants Where You Can Bring Your Dog

The same is true for restaurants, since you want to be sure your dog can come with you when you eat. Look for restaurants that have outdoor seating, as they’re more likely to accommodate dogs than a restaurant that only has an indoor space.

Get Your Dog Comfortable With Their Crate

Crate training is important when you’re trying to get your dog comfortable with travel. You may want to crate them in the hotel at night, or in the vehicle when driving. Also consider a harness for the seat, so you can buckle them in during your drive.

Never Leave Your Dog Alone in the Car

Even if you’re just planning to be a few minutes, it’s important that you never leave your dog alone in the car. Especially in the summer months, the inside of a car heats up extremely quickly. Don’t put your dog at risk of heat stroke, or take the chance on them damaging the interior of your car, by leaving them alone.

Last-Minute Changes? You’ll Need a Licensed Kennel

If you have a last-minute change of plans and can’t bring your dog, make sure you’re boarding them at a licensed kennel that also offers doggy daycare and training. That will keep them safe and happy, and you can have peace of mind on your trip.

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