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we are going to be going on a 3 day road trip where we will be driving 8-10 hours a day, should we keep miller in a crate, with water, food or toys, a chew? im new to this LOL! any ideas to keep him busy because he is normaly a very active dog. thanks
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we are going to be going on a 3 day road trip where we will be driving 8-10 hours a day, should we keep miller in a crate, with water, food or toys, a chew? im new to this LOL! any ideas to keep him busy because he is normaly a very active dog. thanks
Does he normally travel in a crate? Some dogs do great in crates, but even though Kodi loves his crate when it's not moving, he gets very nervous in it in a moving vehicle. He much prefers being strapped into his car harness. We have a big cushy donut bed that sits on the seat of the car, and he curls up and sleeps in that. We always make sure he has something fun to chew on, and offer him drinks intermittently. We find that we need to get out and stretch our legs every 3-4 hours ourselves, so it works out fine for him time-wise too.

Kodi is very active too, but in the car (or the truck that pulls our trailer) he just hunkers down and sleeps, knowing it will be a long ride. We try to make sure he gets a LONG walk, or a good long game of fetch in when we get where ever our next over night stop is so he's tired for the next day.


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we are going to be going on a 3 day road trip where we will be driving 8-10 hours a day, should we keep miller in a crate, with water, food or toys, a chew? im new to this LOL! any ideas to keep him busy because he is normaly a very active dog. thanks
Us too! A 9hr car ride, and she has started drooling in the car! I'm very nervous about it.
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We travel back and forth to Fl. from NH at least once a year. We make a three day trip out of it. When the wheels are turning Tucker is sleeping. He raises his head occasionally to see what's going on, but mainly sleeps. We've never had to keep him "entertained" so to speak. What amazes me is that he can sleep at night after several hours of activity and exercise like he hadn't slept all day. Wish I could sleep that well.
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2 weeks - 6000 miles - 2 adults - 1 dog and 1 blanket.

Lynda would get in the car toss Snickers' blanket over her lap. Snickers would jump up and settle in and stay there (sleeping) till we stopped - which we'd do every couple of hours where we'd let her out for a little exercise and a potty break.

My feeling is NOT to put your dog in a crate (specially in the back seat) it'll most likely get car sick. Stop - take breaks.

Snickers did beautifully. You can do a search here on my username and see the trips thread (even sent in some pics :-))

Hope that helps.

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We have taken road trips to my in-laws in Cleveland (about 6 hours) and Kipper did great. He curled up in my lap on a pillow and slept until we stopped for potty breaks, would get out take a short walk (his choice but he was still recovering from major hip surgery) and get back in to continue the trip. We stop about every 2 1/2 hours (length between rest areas) to stretch and use the restrooms ourselves so it worked out well. If they are used to riding in the car it helps out, if not I would make sure to take lots of small trips around town so they can get used to it. Have fun on your trip!!

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In a car, mine will sit in her booster seat, chew on a toy for a while, then go to sleep, for hrs. In the RV, we put her in her crate, and she sleeps til we stop. It amazes me too how much they can sleep on a trip, and still sleep good at night.
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We've had dogs who would only go in the car if they sat on my lap and we had a dog who would only ride in a crate. (She was a Jack Russel and the mom and litter were taken by the owner to horse shoes often so she got comfortable in a crate early on.)

When we got our Havanese 5 years ago, we began going on short drives. We'd take them to go for a newspaper on Sunday, etc. Very short trips that got them ready for the longer drives. And we'd take them to a drive-through restaurant so they learned how to act when we were eating (remember, you can't take them into a restuarant). They may not have learned how to act when I was eating as much as I learned how to eat with them on my lap!

When we did leave on a long trip, they only got a small breakfast. Their big meal came in the evening when we stopped for the night. If they had no food in the morning, they'd get sick; if they had too much food, they'd get sick. This worked best for us.

Take a light blanket for your lap--especially if it's warm and you're wearing shorts. The blanket is also a comfort to the dog.

I use a glass bowl with a plastic lid that will carry water. Our dogs get crystals so they have to drink.

And the last thing I've learned is to be careful at the hotel because things can be left on the floor that your dog could eat and get sick. I hate hotel floors. And do we ever know what is under the bed. . .!

Have a fun trip!
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Unfortunately, our dogs have always wanted to be on or beside me during the whole trip! It's not fun when the temps are in the 90's! But, they sleep most of the time and are very well behaved. McGee got sick back and forth on our two trips to SC (6 hrs.) but our recent trip to FL we were puke-free! We were so excited!!! So, I would say to have a roll of paper towels and some cleaner and maybe some wet wipes just in case. We take them out for walks when we stop for gas or bathroom breaks, too.

Hope you have fun on your trip! Let us know how it goes.

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Us too! A 9hr car ride, and she has started drooling in the car! I'm very nervous about it.
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Try to make your short practice trips to fun destinations (petsmart, dog park, etc) with treats at the end of each leg of the trip so that she looks forward to riding in the car.

Some dogs, like people, do better when able to look out the window - especially if they can look ahead and not just sideways with the road whipping by. A doggie booster seat can help with this.

There are a number of threads on the Forum about booster seats such as the Solvit Tagalong Booster Seat (there are a couple of different models.) http://www.solvitproducts.com/produc..._ls-i59_i.aspx and Kyjen Outward Hound Pet Lookout Car Elevated Booster Seat http://www.kyjen.com/shop/index.php/...m/category/31/ (my 2 each sit in a size medium with a $6 donut bed from Walmart on the horizontal surface).

You can find them at some retail stores as well as online. Check Amazon to compare prices.

If your dog gets carsick anyway, check with your Vet for additional solutions.



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