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I am moving from New York to the Bay Area in California next month. I will be driving. There will be one other passenger in the vehicle. Does anyone have any hints on handle it when we go in to a cafe to eat and have to leave Casper in the car, or how to calm Casper during the trip? I am pretty much anxious about the trip.
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Can't give you pointers on that...but wlecome to the Bay Area!!! I live there - where are you moving? I am in the East Bay - Danville.

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We just did a 6 hour driving trip with our 3.5 month old Havanese (not quite cross-country...). We took him with us wherever we went. We never left him alone in the hotel or the car. We just put him in the Sherpa bag and brought him into restaurants, shopping centers, etc. with us. Nobody really noticed we had a dog with us. At the shopping center, it started to get a bit heavy to carry the Sherpa all day, so we rented a stroller and put the Sherpa in that.

Good luck with your trip.

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Good luck with our move!! I would think that your vet should be the best to recommend something to help Casper stay calm, or sleeping. I use a valium type on my dogs, but is short term - maybe only for 2-3 hour trips. I too would not leave him in the car - not only might he be frightened but you just never know about people around you. You could always try to find outdoor cafes or get takeout & find a park bench. That sure is going to be a LONG drive!!
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Ollie I am in Danville also. Brutus loves car trips. How is your dog? Start with some smaller trips to find out if this is going to be a problem. There are out door cafes (weather permitting_ where your dog could join you. You can also plan on some fast food in a picnic area where your dog can get some exercise and join you for the meal. You know you dog---what will be his issues?
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Does Casper get anxious in the car? I just did a drive through three states with very few stops and took two dogs with me. Neither really care for long car rides, but so long as we stopped regularly enough for potty breaks (and to give them water), they both did pretty well.

When you get to California, make sure you don't ever leave Casper in the car alone for any length of time. A new law just passed forbidding dogs to be left in cars alone at all. Unfortunately, small strollers take up a lot of room in a car, but it can help you take him into places that might be difficult otherwise. You can always put a towel or baby blanket over it when going into restaurants or shops.

And let us know when you get here. There are several of us in the Bay Area. (And many more that are close to us.)
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I used to drive my first dog Asta up to Tahoe every summer . I would just put him in the crate in the car and off we would go
He loved the car and he was a good traveler . I made the drive all in one day so I do not have some of the concerns such as stopping for lunch and dinner and that you have such as overnight stay for three or four nights . There are lots of books and websites that will tell you about doggie friendly places to stay and to eat .
We would take Asta into restaurants in the sherpa bag. We would ust ask for a booth and slip him in beside us . He never said barked or said Boo . He was happy just to be with us . We would take him potty first then put him in the sherpa . I used to worry about him having to go potty every hour or so but he was fine and my husband usually needed to go potty before the dog . We would stop for gas and a potty break .
Some places in Ca allow dogs outside if they have a patio . Starbucks are fine but they are very fussy about you bringing dogs in to the shop so you need to get your coffee & food first first .
I do not recommend leaving your dog in the car . It is not legal in Ca anymore . Your dog can be stolen and .it may be hard to prove it is your dog . I have heard horror stories It gets so hot in a car in the the summer .
Some motels and hotels are now very doggie friendly and they give you gift baskets for the dog ..
You may want to carry your food, water , crate , favorite toys too and pee pee pads and paper towels just in case . I usually give the dogs bottled water - the same brand as: sometimes all it takes is a different water from a local source to upset their tummies .. I just put it in a small cooler . Of course in those days I fed Asta kibble and it was easier but I am sure you can be creative and work it out . This time I froze his food and brought it with me . It was defrosted when I needed it .
Have fun . These little guys love to travel just as long as they travel with you !! Oh yes I think there is another thread about traveling with pets that you might want to try and locate . I am not good at this but I know Kimberly is a pro and mightbe able to give you the key ..
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Cosmosmom, that's a great tip about bringing your own water (or sticking to the same brand). I've seen so many dogs get upset stomachs from water changes in addition to traveling.

Is this the thread you mean: TRAVEL HELP!
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I've traveled through many states with Cooper in a motor home. Luckily he loves to travel and doesn't have car sickness issues. I would pack some baggies, and baby wipes or something similar for easy clean ups in case of an unexpected mess. Food, water, something chewy, a couple toys and something to sleep on and you should be fine. If you have any doubts at all I would ask your vet for something.

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You will have to let us know how it goes! I am moving from Ohio to CA (LA though) at the end of August and we were thinking of making it a road trip with both of the girls.

I would highly recommend to not leave your dog in the car alone for a long period of time-actually, a lot of states have laws against that (michigan being one I know of). One of my club members was transporting rescue dogs and stopped to buy supplies-she received a ticket and had to appear in court.

I was thinking we would sleep about 4 nights at hotels and take the dogs for very long walk/runs in the morning. My dogs have both been on day long car rides for different shows, vacations, etc. but this would be many nights in a row so it is a lot more scary.

I was also thinking we could find some destination places on the way where we could spend a few hours each day with the dogs walking. My dogs do the best in long car trips when they are exhausted.

Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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