Taking Your Dog on Holiday: How to Enjoy a Car Journey with Your Dog

We all love spending time with man’s best friend but if you have to travel somewhere with them, it isn’t always the easiest or the smoothest experience. Some dogs travel better than others and how far you are travelling and which form of transport you will be using will all affect how well the journey goes. Going somewhere with your dog in a car doesn’t have to be hard work and just by doing a few things such as keeping the volume of the radio down and making sure the kids don’t play too loudly will all help.

Enjoy a Car Journey with Your Dog

Enjoy a Car Journey with Your Dog

It’s similar to travelling with children, as you will need to make regular bathroom breaks and fit snack times into your travel itinerary. You will need to stock up on healthy dog food and not everyone knows this interesting fact but many dogs really enjoy eating fish, so try buying some dog food containing fish to ensure they are not eating rich and potentially sickly food.

Take the Right Food

Let’s start with the food, as we all know how much dogs love a good meal and it is a good idea to give your dog some food before the journey, so they are not travelling on an empty stomach. Buying healthy food is important for your dog and below are some of the things to look out for when buying dog food:

  • Grain free
  • No added colourings
  • Sugar free
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No fillers

It is also a good idea to make sure that the snacks and treats you give your dog are healthy too and always check the list of ingredients before buying anything for your furry friend and don’t forget that fish is a healthy and tasty option.

Prepare for the Journey

If you plan to travel with your dog in a car, then do the following:

  • Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh air and isn’t too hot or too cold
  • Put their bed in the boot, so that they feel safe and comfortable
  • Put a bowl of water with them
  • Get them used to the boot by putting them in there a few times with a treat prior to the journey

Important: Try not to leave your dog in the car alone but if you need to leave your dog in the car to make a quick pit stop, never leave them unattended for long. If the weather is hot, make sure they have a lot of ventilation or open the back and put a protective cage up to stop them from escaping.


Make sure that your dog has an ID tag on and is microchipped, so that if they get lost during the journey someone can contact you to return them safely.

Take a Lead & Collar

You will also need to make sure that you have a strong lead and collar, so that you can stop along the way to give them a walk. Dogs need exercise and while you may have somewhere that you need to get to, your dog will still need his/her daily leg stretch along the way.

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