Dog Travel Gear

We (the Ruff Wear “pack”)  are fortunate enough to have our dogs be top of mind all day, every day–even at work.  So, when vacation or holidays come around, our dogs usually go with us, which makes us somewhat experts on the topic of travel gear for your dog.

What advice does our pack have for your holiday travels?

What do you never leave home without?

“I do the most traveling with Kaya during the ski season, which for us is all year round. Kaya always brings a pack. If it’s a short outing, such as skinning up Mt. Bachelor (our local ski area), she’ll bring her Singletrak Pack. If it’s a longer day trip or multi-day trip, she brings her Palisades Pack. Either way, it’s quick and easy to hydrate people and dogs if there is water in Kaya’s saddlebags. The extra weight slows her down so I can keep up!” Lindsey, Product Designer

“I always seem to be leave the house with a Just-a-Cinch and a Beacon these days. The Just-a-Cinch is small and light enough for me to get Samson to the trail … And then I can let ‘em rip when we start running.” Geoff, Product Development Pack Leader

“When traveling with [dogs], we found it key to always have pick-up bags, collapsible bowls and water with us.”  Susan, Marketing Pack Leader

“Have a comfortable bed for them and make sure they have access to plenty of water.  Oh yea, and frequent stops!” Dana, Sales

What advice do you have for holiday trippers?

“Best advice:  stop often, to take walks or pee breaks.  Find dog friendly areas in advance, so you know what you’re in store for.  Carry lots of extra poo bags.” Lauren, Canine Resources

“Go early and go often – That is, get those pups acclimated and comfortable heading out on adventures as soon as you can and include them as often as feasible. This has allowed our pack the best experience by allowing both humans and our dogs to understand the roles and expectations of being good traveling companions.” Patrick, Leader of the Pack

“Take your time, enjoy the experience and don’t ever be in too much of a hurry.” Dove, Sales Pack Leader

“Make them stay in the vehicle until you have invited them outside of the vehicle. Otherwise they are way too excited and they push to get out before you can properly leash them.  I state “they” because two very excited dogs in our home is too much to handle when we allow them to be out of control.  We do not allow them to jump over seats and basically take control of the vehicle.   Now….we say the word “adventure” and they are happy to see where we are going this time!” Debbie, Product Developer

7 thoughts

  1. Thanks for all the tips! It is always important to keep our pet safe during trips. As for me, I never forget to bring a dog bag or carrier so that I am assured that my little Skimmy is safe. Of course, I also bring with us her toys and treats 😉

  2. My 45 lb. mutt wears his Web Master Harness with a simple “dog seatbelt” that is really just a fancy short leash from the pet store that loops around a seatbelt in the backseat of my car. I set up his dog bed in the back seat as well. The harness and seatbelt are a blessing for the first hour because it prevents him from climbing forward the way he would like to. (He says he wants to help navigate, I’m not so sure.) It also means that if I have to slam on the brakes, he’ll be just as secure as the rest of us. Thankfully, he usually calms down on his own once the excitement of being in the car wears off and sleeps for the rest of the 400 miles to visit my parents. Frequent water and pee breaks when possible help tide us over in case of traffic as well.

  3. The day before and/or the day we start our road, we take our Zoe to doggie day care. She plays with dogs all day and is worn out and ready to chill once we hit the road. It makes the drive easier on all of us.

  4. Invest in a collapsible crate, especially if your dog likes to tear up the back cargo area of your car.

    Keep a list of dog parks with you, or use a dog park finding phone app when traveling.

    A 30 minute trip to the park before you take off on a long drive will give you at least a few hours of quiet driving time.

  5. My doggie always uses a seat belt when in the car. Water and herbal calm pills are essential too as well as frequent stops to stretch and sniff around.

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