Posted in Doggies on 13. Aug, 2012
Flying your beloved pooch abroad can be a costly and stressful process, so when leaving them behind simply isn’t an option, why not opt for the open road instead? There are so many pooch friendly travel accessories out there for you, your family and your dog to enjoy, that taking them with you has never been easier.
Lookout Booster Seat
If your furry friend is just a little too small to enjoy the view, the perfect solution comes in the form of the Lookout Booster Seat! Just strap it into the back and they’ll be safe to watch the world go by from the window. If they start getting a little restless in there, why not take a picnic basket with you and, for lunch, stop off somewhere they can have a run around.
A trip to the beach provides the perfect opportunity for you and your pet to stretch your legs. If your dog loves the water, and will jump in at first sight of the waves, the dog lifejacket could be just what you need. With this, if they get carried away and tire themselves out, you know that they’re going to be safe. You can also get these lifejackets in fluorescent colors, making them easier to spot and rescue if they get into any trouble. Let it dry off in the sun, then pop it back in the trunk when you’re ready to go.
Perfect if your four-legged friend has trouble jumping in and out of the car, a dog ramp can help both small and large dogs. This multi-functional accessory is not just for travel, but can also be used on stairs and for other hard-to-reach spaces. The ramp’s foldable mechanism means it wont take up much space in the car, and it won’t take too long to put out and store away again.
Rear Seat Hammock
An in-car hammock may seem like a strange invention, but this accessory is both practical and safe. The hammock is not only waterproof, but also stops your dog from jumping over into the front seat if they get a bit boisterous in the back. Add a dog harness to provide extra protection to your pooch on winding routes.
Take a break from the wheel, and get a bit of exercise in on your bike. If your dog gets tired of running beside you, consider attaching a stroller to the back and let them enjoy the view from the comfort of their own two wheels. These do take up a lot of trunk space, so are perfect for a short journey or traveling in a larger vehicle. If you don’t have your bike, you can also get walked and wheeled strollers for smaller dogs, so they, too, can enjoy the outdoors!
Guard & Divider
If your dog seems a bit too eager to jump into the front for the very first of their driving lessons, a guard may be exactly what you need. This adds the security of knowing you wont be distracted, as well as the comfort that your dog can still see what is going on in the driver’s seat. If you’ve got two travel-companions, the divider may come in useful for times when they need a little space of their own to nap in!
Car Window Vent
The dangers of leaving your dog in a hot car are all too well documented. If you find you have to leave them in there for a few minutes, a window vent ensures your car is safe and protected, whilst providing adequate ventilation for your dog.
Non-spill Travel Bowl
This simple yet effective gadget is fitted with a floating plate inside which feeds water through, making sure that your dog has access to fresh water at all times, whilst minimizing the risk of spillage! What more could you want? They come in different sizes to suit the needs of every dog, and are easy to assemble and disassemble. The perfect aid for a long trip, this bowl will keep your dog hydrated in the back, and you won’t have to worry about mopping up afterwards!
Road travel with your dog – no matter how big or small they are – is affordable and, most importantly, fun. Enjoy the freedom of deciding your own route, as you stop off along the way to explore the outdoors. Finally, make sure you don’t forget the most crucial accessory of all: your camera!
This post was written by Isabelle Guarella. When she’s not looking after her dog, Zyggy, she’s writing for PassSmart.com.