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Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

I’m sharing our top Dog travel tips thanks to The Nutro™ Company as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars. #HonestToDog

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means many of us will be seeing the open road as we travel to visit family and friends. Or maybe just traveling for a getaway for the holidays. No matter why you are traveling, one thing remains to be answered; what do you do with your pets?

For us, normally we have our neighbors check in on our cat. Wally is a very easy going cat and doesn’t take a lot of attention. He is easy to leave at home, with a good friend stopping in each day to make sure he has food and water.

But Odin our chocolate lab/pitbull mix is a different story. He likes attention. He likes a lot of interaction and play in the day. He doesn’t like to be left all alone. If we are only gone a day or two it is easy to leave him with friends. But if we are going to be gone for a long time, we like the idea of taking him with us.

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

But traveling can be hard on pets, unless you know how to make the traveling less stressful for your dog. So we’re going to share our top Dog travel tips for this holiday season.

Top Dog Travel tips

Kennel. The biggest tip is to use a kennel. Even if you are driving; a kennel can be a life saver. It not only helps to ease the stress of your pet, but it is also a safety thing.

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

A kennel keeps your dog secure in one location so he isn’t trying to bounce and travel through the vehicle the entire trip.

Also when kenneled it keeps your pet from becoming a moving projectile should you have to stop suddenly, or if someone hits you. It keeps them secure and protected and keeps them from turning into something that can hurt you in the car.

But not only this, but a kennel is also a place of security for pets.

Odin does not like to travel. He doesn’t like the motion of the Van while we drive. He will sit in the back and just shake the entire drive. We normally only drive short distances with Odin outside of his kennel in the van. You know, like the few blocks over to the park. But anything 1 mile or more, he needs his kennel for traveling. 

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

Putting him in a kennel is his safe zone. He feels comfortable there and therefore it helps to reduce his stress while traveling.

Energy. Dogs can be quite excited when it comes to travel. Be it from excitement or being nervous, your dog can build up quite a bit of energy. So to manage that energy you want to make sure you take precautions while traveling.

Make sure your dog goes to the bathroom before you start the journey. And get his energy out by throwing the ball or frisby for a bit before it is time to load up.

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

Every time you make a pitstop for your family, be sure to let your dog out as well. Let him run around. Let him go to the bathroom and get some added love from you before you load up and begin the journey again.

Stress.  Dogs can sense when change is coming. And for some dogs that adds a level of stress. Traveling can be very stressful for pets. A great way to help ease the stress of pets is to make sure you bring items that help reduce stress.

There are some stress relieving sprays that you can use. Spray some into the kennel before traveling that helps to calm the dog while traveling.

Also make sure you bring your dogs favorite comfort toy or chew toy.

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

Let them have them while traveling. It helps them relieve stress and be much happier while you travel.

Food and water. When traveling, it is important that you are careful with feeding your dog. Dogs are apt to get motion sickness while traveling. So feeding them a lot before the trip or during the trip is not recommended.

But they do still need access to water. Especially if you are traveling and they have the chance to get hot or dehydrated. So be sure to have a collapsible dish that you can fill with water at each pit stop.

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

Let your dog out to stretch a bit. Get more energy out. And then be sure to give him water to drink before putting him back into his kennel.

If he needs to eat, make sure you have dog food that is gentle on their digestive system. They are going through enough stress with the trip, you don’t want to add to that.

We recently switched over to the NUTRO™ ROTATIONS™ natural dog food and I am so excited about this dog food for the upcoming holiday season. It is a great way to keep Odin from getting bored with his food. But it is also a great option when traveling with your pets!

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

The NUTRO™ ROTATIONS™ is made with real fish, poultry and meat as the first ingredient. Plus it uses whole grains and the finest fruits and vegetables.

But best of all it contains zero GMO products, corn, wheat, chicken by-product meal or soy protein. That means it is a great option for your dogs digestive system. Especially when traveling. It is gentle to digest.

And if your dog gets bored with his food like our Odin does, the great thing about The NUTRO™ ROTATIONS™ is that you can switch between the different flavors with no transition between bags ! That means he can have Salmon and Barley one meal and Chicken and brown rice the next.

Dog Travel Tips for the Holidays

With these top dog traveling tips, hopefully your upcoming travels will be much easier as you take your furry family members along with you! For more great information be sure to follow the Nutro Company on Facebook and Twitter.

What are your top Dog Traveling Tips for the holidays?

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Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

We travel a lot so these are so useful! Bookmarking this for later!

Amy Desrosiers

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

When we travel with our dog a lot of man power is needed. She goes nuts and tries to pull us when she sees other pets so a good harness or leash.


Tuesday 29th of September 2015

These are great tips! We are thinking of traveling with Mr. Cooper for Thanksgiving this year and you've helped ease my mind.

Autumn @MamaChallenge

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

I love these tips! Our dog will be traveling with us this year and I will be using this information! Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 29th of September 2015

These are great tips. We never traveled with our dogs. My dad takes care of them when we travel. I will bookmark this, just in case we decide to bring them along next time.

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