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Tuesday Travels: Traveling with Puppy

tuesday travelWelcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  This season, my son and I are excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.  This weekly series will also feature travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

20090923_0013I love my dog. His name is jack, and he is a two year-old Maltese. However, he has not historically been the best traveling companion. This isn’t because he’s poorly behaved, but because of all of the things I have had to learn the hard way. He wasn’t good at long distances (he would get sick in the crate when we crated him for a drive, and sick on the seat when we didn’t), and the list of stuff I had to bring along was exhaustive.

That said, he’s a friendly guy and I hate to leave him at home, so this past weekend when I went to visit my grandparents he came along. I’ve learned a lot (as I mentioned, the hard way) over the course of time so here’s a list of the things learned:

  • Always pack water. You’ll need it for drinking, washing, and who knows what else!
  •  Put things in smaller bags. Use one for snacks/treats, and portion out the amount of food you’ll need in snack or sandwich bags.
  • Buy a collapsible bowl. Use it for food and water, as a toy, it has so many uses!
  • Don’t forget the toys. They may seem to take up necessary cargo space unnecessarily, but you will be sorry if you leave them behind. I now pack special toys that only come out to play when we’ve arrived at our destination. This helps ensure a well behaved puppy who’s more focused on his long lost toy than chewing something he shouldn’t.
  • Have a designated bag. When the “puppy pack” comes out of the closet Jack knows he’s going somewhere and it has most of his staples already in there and ready to go.

Elisa Bricker


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