Tips for Road Tripping with Your Dog

Is there anything better than opening the windows and enjoying the breeze as you sail along a deserted road? To your dog, it’s the ultimate delight. Many of the best road trips involve canine companions.

So how do you make a trip with your four-legged friend fun, memorable, and simple? Here’s some tips from

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Follow a Routine

Dogs thrive on routine: They depend on knowing exactly what to expect, and can get stressed out when they’re sleeping in a new place or moving around often. What schedule do you follow at home? There’s a natural rhythm to their walks, meals, and bedtime. You’ll both benefit from adapting your travel schedule to reflect life at home as much as possible.

So, don’t over-pack your schedule, stay up too late, or sleep in later and later each morning. You can still find plenty of time to relax and enjoy yourself without letting your daily routine slip away.

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Plan Ahead

Where you go, where you stay, and what you’ll do when you’re there will all be affected by having a pet along. The more advance planning you do, the better off you’ll be when go time arrives. can help you research your options, read reviews, and get lots of ideas for your destination. The site can tell you which hotels allow pets, what their policies and deposits are like, and more.

Be sure to bring along plenty of food for the duration of the trip, including snacks and treats. You may need to do some extra training to affirm great road trip habits, so be prepared for your dog to need a little extra support. Stress happens to the best of us when change is in the air!

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Enlist Help

If you have a rambunctious pet or just want to make sure they get plenty of playtime–or their usual early-morning walks if you do stay up late–it’s time to bring out the big guns. Sign up on and look for local pet-sitters to help you out. That way, you get the best of both worlds: A wonderful trip with your bestie, plus a relaxing and enjoyable vacation for you both.

When the stars don’t align and you have to leave your pup behind, you can also find longer-term pet care via Rover. Depending on your pet’s personality and the parameters of any given trip, it’s helpful to have back-up just in case.

Road trips can expand your boundaries, and having your best friend in tow will brighten each moment spent under the open sky.

Written by Nat Smith, community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.


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