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5 Tips to Make Your Dog a Perfect Road Trip Companion

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

ArnoldIs there a greater joy than jumping into the car with your four-legged companion and taking a day or weekend trip? We don’t think so either!

If you plan on taking your puppy on family adventures, there are things you can do today to ensure those future trips will be (mostly) trouble free.

1. Watch for signs of motion sickness

Some puppies take to car rides like fish take to water. They’re relaxed, comfortable, and can’t wait for the next one. For others, the shortest trips can be a nightmare.

The part of the inner ear responsible for balance in puppies can develop at different times. When it’s not fully developed, the jostling they experience in a car can make them ill. This lead to vomiting all over your upholstery—but it doesn’t have to.

Vomiting isn’t the only sign of car sickness—other signs can include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Yawning
  • Uneasiness
  • Despondent whining
  • Lethargy

As a puppy grows, they’ll generally grow out of motion sickness, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t associate car rides with being unhappy and sick. It can be hard to reverse that kind of association.

If your puppy shows signs of motion sickness, here are a couple of suggestions to help get them through it.

  1. Try crating them in the car. Sometimes looking out the windows contributes to a dog’s discomfort. Crate training them in the car can be a helpful way to cut down on the stimulus that makes them feel disoriented.
  2. Roll your windows down a bit. Fresh air and balanced air pressure can do a lot to make your puppy more car comfortable.

Occasionally an adult dog will still suffer from car sickness. If that’s the case, make a visit to your vet. There are a variety of prescriptions or over-the-counter medications your veterinarian can suggest to make car rides more palatable for your pet.

2. Keep an updated checklist of things you’ll need

Start a couple checklists for puppy travel items you never want to forget. These can be created in Google docs or Evernote files that you keep in your phone so you can always have them available.

One can be a list of things you’d need for a day trip, and maybe another for things you’d need if you’re planning to be gone for an extended period of time. This list should include things like:

  1. Any medication your dog needs
  2. A container of your dog’s regular food
  3. A spill-proof water dish
  4. Your dog’s favorite travel toy
  5. A leash
  6. Bags for dog waste

Whatever you’ll need should be on the list. It’s amazing how many obvious things we forget when we don’t write it down! If you realize that you should have brought something that’s not on the list, immediately stop and add it to the list. This will help ensure that you have it with you next time.

3. Train your dog to potty on command

If you’ve ever stood at a freezing rest stop at 3 in the morning begging your dog to go potty while he joyously ran around taking in all the new, exciting smells, you know why teaching your dog to eliminate on cue is important.

There are plenty of great articles online to help you get this down, but the concept is simple. You want your dog to associate going potty with a particular command. Teaching him to do so is as simple as:

  1. Choosing the phrase you want to use. It should be simple, but not one you’re going to use casually. This is a specific a potty command and you don’t want your dog confusing it for anything else.
  2. When you take them outside, use the phrase as they’re eliminating. Then praise them like they just created world peace.
  3. Eventually when they associate the command—and more specifically the praise—with the behavior they will be happy to go for you.
  4. And remember, always praise them for the behavior you want.

4. Plan things your dog will find fun

You wouldn’t want someone to plan a family trip full of things you hate doing, so don’t do that for that to your dog. If you know that your trip is going to require that your dog endures long intervals of sitting in the car alone or some other form of solitary confinement, find someone to watch him instead.

Make sure to throw in fun events your pooch will love. This can include:

  • Walks
  • Trips to parks
  • Relaxing cuddles
  • Playtime

The main thing to remember is that these outings are fun and meaningful for your canine when they include quality, active time with you. Make sure you plan for it.

5. Think through your nighttime plans

If you’re planning an overnight trip, think through the implications for your pup. Are they comfortable being away from home at night? If not, what are you planning to do to soothe them?

It can be hard to make your dog go straight from a long car trip to a campsite or hotel room, so plan for a little exercise interval. Is there a park you can take them to get some of that extra energy out? Even ten minutes of activity can make the difference between your dog being able to calm down and let you rest.

If you’re planning a hotel stop, it’s a good idea to call ahead and find out which ones are pet friendly.

Do you have some good tips for road trippin’ with your dog? We’d love to hear them! Connect with Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles on Facebook and share your dog trip experiences.




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10 Pet Travel Tips! (

Thursday, July 24th, 2014


Going on vacation is always a fun treat for the whole family and it’s even better if you get to take your canine companion along with you. To make the trip a great experience for you and your pet here are a few travel tips:

1. CARRIER – it is important to bring a carrier that is big enough for your dog to sleep and turn around. They like a place to help make them feel secure.

2. BED- Make sure to bring a dog bed, rug, or blanket that they like to sleep on at home. Place it in a spot that is out of the way, but near you and show them where to nap. Sleep is important for all puppies and dogs.

3. SEAT COVER- this applies more to those who travel with their pet outside a carrier. Train them to stay on a rug covered back seat or use a seat cover. This will definitely help with clean up on a rainy day or a trip to the beach. For a longer trip, place a bed on top for comfort.

4. LEASH- it is always important to leash your dog before opening the car door and especially important that the leash cannot slip.

5. STRESS RELIEVER- If your dog is a nervous traveler, start a calming agent like Doc Roy’s® DOCILE DOG. Start this treatment two weeks before the trip. It is not a tranquilizer, but will take the edge off for any added stress.

6. FEED LIGHTLY- make sure to feed your pet lightly before you leave. You can sprinkle something like shredded cheese in their food to encourage them eating 1 hour prior to leaving. If your pet is prone to car sickness, feed ginger snaps two hours before leaving and repeat one hour into the trip.

7. FOOD/WATER BOWLS- this one goes without saying, but it is especially important to bring these along with a mat to go under the bowls to decrease the mess.

8. GREETING- On arrival, bring the dog on a leash to greet people. Keep the dog on the leash when setting up the dog bed and food/water dishes. Let them take a drink, go on a short walk so they empty their bladders before getting too excited! Once they have calmed down from the excitement, they can be taken off the leash.

9. SETTING UP THE CARRIER/BED- Place the pet carrier in your bedroom and open the door for access. The bed should be in a common area like a family room. For a cat, place the bed on the furniture you have previously ask permission to use and put the cat on it (cats like being up high).

10. WHEN LEAVING- Always place the pet in their carrier when leaving the house (if not taking with you). Never lock them in a room or a bath, stick with the carrier since it is something that is familiar to your pet. It helps to put a treat or toy in the carrier with them and will keep them busy for plenty of time!

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Dog Friendly Road Trip

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
We came across this great article full of beautiful places that are dog-friendly so this is perfect if you are looking to make a road trip anytime soon. We know how fun it is being able to include your canine companion in your journeys! 


April 16, 2013 · by  · in AdventureCanineDog TalesMountainsNewPlayRoad TripRuffwear,Sun · 26 Comments

Do you feel a sense of freedom when staring at a map or atlas, knowing that you can just pick any one of the roads you see, hop on it and let it take you to somewhere new?

This feeling of freedom is why road trips have long been a favorite activity for adventurers worldwide. As temperatures rise and the frost-covered trails begin to thaw, our minds wander to destinations we’ve put on hold for the winter.  If your dog is anything like mine, as you pack for your trip, your pup follows you EVERWHERE as if to say “you’re taking me with you right?” Then when he sees “his pack” come out, his tail starts flying, swinging his entire body back and forth. This time he’s saying, “yup! I call shotgun!”

If you have a dog friendly road trip planned this spring, we’d love to hear about it. Where are you heading, what will you do when you get there and what are you packing specifically for your dog?

If you’re not sure where to go, here are a few recommendations from our friends, dealers and ambassadors.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, CA (and NV)

If you like to hike, bike, paddle, swim, camp, backpack, the list goes on and on, Lake Tahoe has it. When we asked George Richter of Dog Dog Cat ( if he thought Lake Tahoe was a dog friendly road trip destination, he had this to say:

“South Lake Tahoe has an incredible environment for adventurous pet lovers.   Dogs or no dogs Lake Tahoe is spectacular and bringing your pet along for the experience makes it even better.   My favorite places to go with our dogs are the amazing Tahoe Rim Trail, or Nevada Beach.   The “Rim Trail” is fantastic for trail runners, hikers, or Mt. Bikers in the summer months, and cross country skiing in the winter and it stretches 100+ miles around the mountain tops surrounding Lake Tahoe.   Nevada Beach is a sandy beach with beautiful clear Lake Tahoe water and an amazing view of Mt. Tallac Tahoe’s highest peak and it is located next to a dog friendly campground just a few minutes from South Lake Tahoe.    Lastly SLT has a long list of Pet Friendly hotels for any budget.”


Cajun in Moab

Moab, UT

Famous for its mountain biking, splitter crack rock climbing and canyon exploring, Moab is always a great road trip destination. Plenty of dog friendly camping and lodging options await is this southern Utah high desert town. Don’t take it from us that this place is dog friendly, but definitely take it from local Moab rock climber, base jumper and major dog lover Steph Davis.

“Moab is very dog friendly: most of the trails and things to do are on BLM land which does not discriminate against dog friends. The famous desert climber Jimmie Dunn always says “Any place that’s good for dogs is good for humans!”  And that pretty much sums up Moab :)”.


Animas River Durango

Durango, CO

Just a short two to three hours from Moab lies the slightly larger mountain town of Durango, CO. Don’t let the “slightly larger” comment throw you off. Durango is a quaint town with a strong outdoor mountain culture home to just over 17,000 residents as well as one of our favorite brands, Zuke’s Pet Treats! We had to ask them why they thought Durango is a great dog friendly destination. Grant Berry said “Durango is a community that is absolutely full of dogs, and people who are passionate about dogs. Whether it is the local off-leash dog park, or the world class singletrack available minutes from downtown, there is no shortage of places to have fun with your mutt. The Animas River provides a great place for all to cool off in the summer, and businesses downtown often put out water bowls and treats to keep pups fueled. Overall, Durango is a great place to be a dog.


Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

Asheville, NC

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina lies one of the southeast’s premier road trip destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all types, artists, families and anyone seeking mountain landscapes and fresh air. If you need a little help finding pet friendly adventures when you get there, stop by and ask our friends at Diamond Brand Outdoors. Sarah Merrell of Diamond Brand recently sent us this note:

“Asheville is a very dog friendly destination, we have many locations that not only allow dogs, but are fun for dog owners and have amazing scenery.  Some great destinations in the Asheville area include the Mountains to Sea Trail, Bent Creek, and also a number of trails in Pisgah National Forest like Looking Glass Rock Trail and John Rock Trail, which both offer breath taking views, and Grave Yard Fields which includes a beautiful waterfall.  Many of these trails include streams so that your dog can stop for a drink, and thanks to Asheville’s climate, you can usually hike any time during the year without it being unbearably hot or cold. ”



Adirondacks, NY

No matter the season, there are multiple recreation opportunities in the Adirondacks. According to, this park is over 6 million acres and has over 2,000 mountains, 40 high peaks, and more than 2,300 lakes and ponds connected by 1,500 miles of rivers and 30,000 miles of brooks and streams. This park has it all! Spend the summer paddling miles of lakes, hiking multiple peaks and climbing clean granite. In the winter, you can ski, snowshoe, ice climb and more. “The Adirondacks are most certainly a Dog Friendly Destination!” said Sara Ellis of Dawgdom in Saratoga Springs, NY.   “Whether it is a quick easy hike or an all day adventure our trails are dog friendly, often welcoming off leash goers!  Favorites are the less known – Shelving Rock State Park, tucked away on the Southeastern side of Lake George is a favorite of mine so much so we ended up wedding there with all 3 dogs of the time, Sadie, MavDog & Fred.”


Here’s some gear you should consider bringing for your road-tripping canine:


  •    Packable Dog Bowl – keep your dog hydrated whether being active or spending hours in route.
  •    Dog Bed – dog beds are a signal to dogs that they have a place that they can rest and let their guard down – especially in unfamiliar environments. Plus they just like them!
  •    Dog Pack – if you are heading out for long day hikes, mountain bike rides or overnight hikes, dogs packs are a great way to let your dog carry their own gear and water.
  •    Extra Leash – It’s always good to keep an extra leash handy in the car. One of our favorite road trip leashes is the Just-a-Cinch Leash that you can quickly slip on and off for quick pit stops.


Do you have a favorite dog-friendly road trip destination? Please share by leaving a comment below or tell us on our Facebook page.


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