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Can A Dog Travel For 12 Hours?

Feb 6

The prospect of taking a journey with one's canine companion can delight even the most jaded pet parents. When you go on a trip with a pet taxi, the prospect of having your most trusted canine companion by your side as you explore new locations may add a whole new dimension of fun to the experience. There has never been a better time to load up your canine companion and explore the open road than now, as more tourist spots are introducing more dog-friendly areas.


You have already begun the process of researching possible road trips that are dog-friendly. You have searched the internet extensively to find the most helpful planning guide to get ready for the journey. And you may have already begun packing your things. However, while you are getting ready to give your dog the experience of a lifetime, you should remember to prepare for the many hours you will spend traveling in the car to reach your destination.

There are times when traveling with dogs only takes a few hours, but there are also times when it takes a very long time. For example, if you drive across the nation with a dog, you will need to do some additional planning, as your canine companion may require many more rest stops than you do on the trip. While you can keep going for several hours without stopping, most dogs need a break at some point during the day. But how long does it take for a dog to become uncomfortable when they are confined to a vehicle? Continue reading to find out how to organize your trip while keeping your dog's requirements in mind.


How Long is Too Long?


The kilometers can be covered in no time if you have coffee, an energy drink, and some decent music to listen to. However, for your dog, the experience of being cooped up in the car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Not only do dogs need to get out of the car frequently to relieve themselves, but they also need to move around, stretch their legs, and burn off some excess energy before settling down and enjoying the ride. Stops are also an excellent opportunity to offer your dog food and water, as it may be messy to have food and water available for them in a moving car.


Figuring out how much time your dog can spend in the car depends on several aspects, such as age or current physical state. While traveling, you should stick to your dog's regular potty breaks and mealtimes schedule. However, this won't be possible. You should plan to limit your driving time each day to no more than seven hours, and you should take breaks for your dog every two to four hours lasting approximately 15 to 30 minutes each.


Some of the following are examples of things that could cause your scheduled stops to change:


  • weather conditions
  • road closures
  • traffic issues
  • excessive heat or cold temperatures
  • Your dog's comfort level


If you are planning to drive for more than 12 hours, it is strongly recommended that you break up your journey and find suitable accommodation so that your canine companion can rest well. In addition, consider hiring a pet-sitting service to take care of your dog while you are away so that it can have the opportunity to explore and play with other dogs.


At the end of the day, it is essential to remember that your dog's comfort and safety should always be your top priority when planning a road trip. With the proper preparation and commitment to your pet's needs, you can embark on a fantastic adventure with your canine friend!


Here at Animal People Pet Sitting & Dog Walking, we are passionate about providing the best care for your furry friends. We have experienced pet sitters who can help ensure your dog is comfortable and safe while you are away, so don't hesitate to contact us today!