Dog-Friendly Winter Road Trips | Tips and Tricks for Safe and Fun Winter Road Trips with Your Dog (Early access for our Patreon community)

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Tips For Traveling with a Dog in the Winter

Dog-friendly winter travel tips
Tips for traveling with a dog in the winter.

Do you enjoy a good road trip with your dog? I do! It’s one of my favorite things to do with Dexter. But, what about traveling in the winter? There are a few more things to consider and prepare for when you hit the icy roads with your dog.

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I want to discuss the ins and outs of winter travel with your dog, focusing on safety measures and thoughtful planning. Dexter and I are avid travelers, and we’re always up for an adventure. In Ohio, where winter spans about three cold-and-icy months, it may not be the most obvious time to hit the road with your dog, but it still can be fun! Why miss three months out of the year?

For us, the benefits outweigh the challenges, and we take extra precautions to ensure our winter dog road trips are enjoyable and safe. While we may not be extreme winter travelers, like others, we do have a few valuable insights to share.

Our first step is always to carefully choose a dog-friendly destination. Researching potential spots, contacting tourism boards, and even reaching out to local establishments are crucial steps in finding places where dogs are welcome. Some museums and shops may surprise you by allowing dogs inside, providing an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog, and avoiding the outside cold.

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Another thing we consider is the availability of indoor pet stores at our chosen destination. These serve as cozy retreats for a warm-up during chilly days, allowing us to make the most of our winter travels without subjecting Dexter to extended periods in the cold.

Before venturing on any winter road trip, I make it a point to take my car to the mechanic for a thorough check. Ensuring the vehicle is in top condition minimizes the risk of breakdowns during our travels. Additionally, I carry extra gear in the trunk, including scarves, boots, sweaters, towels, and a small first-aid kit, preparing us for unexpected situations.

Communication is key when traveling with a dog, and I always keep my family informed about our plans. Regular check-ins and pit stops every couple of hours not only ensure our safety but also keep my family in the loop about our whereabouts. In case of any issues, having a reliable mechanic, AAA membership, and family contacts readily available adds an extra layer of security.

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When it comes to gearing up for winter, both Dexter and I follow a checklist tailored to our destination and activities. Dexter wears boots, a harness, a sweater, and sometimes even a jacket, depending on the weather. His long spaniel ears are protected with a hat or dog snood, ensuring they remain dry and snow-free.

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Staying hydrated is crucial for both humans and dogs during winter travels. Dexter’s reluctance to drink water led me to add bone broth to his water, making it more enticing for him.

Towels are essential for drying off after snowy adventures, and microfiber towels are my preferred choice for their absorbency and compact size. For Dexter’s comfort, especially as a senior dog with mobility issues, we bring along a stroller.

Last but not least, it is critical to put your dog’s welfare first. Consider their comfort, feelings, and interactions with their surroundings. If the weather becomes too harsh or uncomfortable, it’s perfectly okay to call it a day and seek refuge in a warm and cozy space or chill out in your dog friendly hotel room.

Remember, the essence of traveling with your dog is creating lasting memories and enjoying quality time together. So, don’t forget to put down the camera occasionally and savor those precious moments with your dog.

I hope these insights inspire and assist you in planning your winter adventures with your beloved dog. Safe travels!

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Dog-Friendly Winter Road Trips | Tips and Tricks for Safe and Fun Winter Road Trips with Your Dog (Early access for our Patreon community)