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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Top 5 Tips for an All-American Doggy Road Trip

Taking a road trip this summer or fall? If so, the great folks over at Milk-Bone and Milo's Kitchen has some great tips for all of you who may be traveling with your beloved pets.

This summer, 88 percent of travelers will go by car instead of by jet plane — with many Americans opting for a road trip so that they bring along their four-legged and furry family members.

But what can you do to make sure that Fido has a happy, healthy, and tail-wagging good time?

The in-house canine behavioral experts from Milk-Bone and Milo's Kitchen — two popular All-American dog treat brands — are sharing their surprising Top 5 tips for the travel season:

DOGGY ROAD TRIP TIP #1: TAKE A JOY RIDE

Was your pup's last 'road trip' a trip to the vet? If so, chances are he’s going to get nervous when he hears your keys jingling. Before your trip, take him on a short ride to the park to make the car a place where fun things happen, too.

DOGGY ROAD TRIP TIP #2: MAKE CRATE TIME 'TREAT TIME'

Make your dog's travel crate a safe and happy place. Do a "test crating" and reward Fido with lots of his favorite treats, like those from Milk-Bone or Milo's Kitchen. Soon, he'll be drooling every time he crawls inside.

DOGGY ROAD TRIP TIP #3: PAMPER YOUR PUP

Turn your car into a doggie day spa! Just like humans, pups feel most peaceful in a calming environment, so give your dog a back rub and play soothing music while you're driving down the road.

DOGGY ROAD TRIP TIP #4: BRING 'HOME' WITH YOU

Because dogs like familiarity, bring along their snuggly blankets and favorite toys. On arrival at your destination, set up your dog's crate and food bowls, stick to a normal feeding schedule, and keep your walking routine.

DOGGY ROAD TRIP TIP #5: SPOIL THEM SILLY

While on a trip, it's even more important to reward your pup for good behavior. Treats build positive associations with new sights and sounds, and also remind your furry family members that you love them and are having fun!

Looking for more great tips for when you're traveling with your dog? If so, head on over to Milo's Kitchen!

Disclosure: Information is courtesy of Milk-Bone and Milo's Kitchen.

1 comment:

jopb said...

I love these tips for taking your dog on a road trip. many of them are the same as you would do with a little kid! I used to follow most of these when we had a dog.