Woof Woof has been traveling since he was 7-weeks old. Over the course of a four-day road trip home from Texas to New York, he managed to avoid accidents in 23 hours of traveling. We’re lucky. He’s a natural traveler who doesn’t get any kind of motion sickness. The challenge is just making sure he doesn’t jump on the drivers lap.
To get the best expert advice we could, we talked to Woof Woof’s trainer, John Monteleone. He’s the head trainer for the animal talent agency that represents Woof Woof, All Tame Animals.
He says the secret to a dog traveling by car or train is that you are prepared if your dog has motion sickness or has a tendency to be anxious. There is medication for both conditions, but you should always talk to your vet before giving your dog any form of medication.
But the biggest preparation you have to make on a roadtrip is safety. When your dog is taking a walk outside near any road or parking lot, watch for antifreeze fluid. Dogs may drink from the puddle because of the sweet taste, but it’s poisonous.
He also says not to let your dog put his head out the window. With Woof Woof, I always worry he’ll fall out. He’s a little guy, so if his head is outside window, not much of his body is still in the car. He’s just as happy with air conditioning and looking out the window, enjoying the view.
Woof Woof wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving with turkey and vegetables for your dogs – served in their food bowl instead of from the table.
Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.