Road Dogs -- Tips for Taking Road Trips with Your Furry Best Friend

You've found great accommodations for your next vacation and chosen a route filled with interesting destinations. Now, all you have to do is find a kennel for your dog. But wait one second! Instead of leaving your best friend behind, why not bring him along on your next road trip?


Today, families are traveling more than ever with their dogs. In fact, a 2014 survey conducted by GoPetFriendly revealed that about 51 percent of those who responded said that they always take their pets with them when they travel, and another 44 percent said that they sometimes brought their furry friends. So if you haven't been taking your buddy on your road trips, maybe it's time you started cruising with your canine companion.

What to Bring

Before heading out on a road trip, you should pack the following in your car:

1. A portable, collapsible water bowl

  • These are easy to store and very convenient to carry on impromptu hikes.

2. A tie-out

  • You should never leave your dog in your car in warm weather. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the interior temperature of a car on a 75-degree day can leap up to 104 degrees F in just 20 minutes. And on an 80-degree day, the interior of a car can reach 99 degrees in just 10 minutes. So if you do need to leave your vehicle for even a short period of time, it is best to tie your dog out in a safe location where you can keep an eye on it.

3. A leash

  • You'll also need a leash so that you can take your dog for walks or hikes to break up long drives.

4. Safety harness

  • If your pup is not properly secured with some type of safety harness, it could be injured if you have to stop suddenly or if you were to get in an accident.


Protecting Your Car

A dog's nails can damage your car's seats, especially leather ones. So if you own a luxury car, such as a convertible Buick Cascada, you should consider purchasing a protective seat cover designed especially for use with canines. Or if you plan on having your pooch ride in the cargo area of your SUV -- either in a crate or out -- consider buying a pet-friendly liner.

Finding Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Finding pet-friendly hotels has become much easier today, especially if you use online resources like This website will show you the names of pet-friendly hotels at your desired destination.

Be careful when booking a room, because if you aren't careful, you could end up paying an arm and a paw. Things to look for include:

1. Does a hotel charge a cleaning fee or a pet deposit and is it refundable?

2. Is the charge per night or per stay?

3. Are there limitations on the number of pets or their size?


The Right Vehicle

It's quite possible that you may never want to travel without your pooch again. If so, it may be time to consider purchasing a vehicle that will make it easier to transport your dogs and their supplies, especially if you own larger canines. For example, the Buick Enclave is a luxury crossover that boasts an impressive 23.3 cubic feet of storage space, which can be expanded to 115.2 cubic feet when both the rear and middle rows are folded down.