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Traveling with my dobie pup...any advice?!

Hi everyone! My husband and I are traveling from upstate NY to FL, and we're driving with my 1.5yr old yorkie, Tank.. and my 4mo old Dobie baby, Colt. I'm not worried about Tank hes fully trained and as easy going as a dog can get. My Colt on the other hand, he's a big old mamas boy and a typical playful pup. He is potty trained fully if we stick to his regular schedule. Im worried about him being in his crate in the truck for 24 hours. He sleeps in his crate and feels safe there but I'm concerned because its so long. We will obviously stop for bathroom breaks etc, but people have mentioned to me to hold his food while we travel, but that just seems mean to me!? Does anyone have any ideas on how to make the long trip easier for him? Or toys that are good to keep him thinking/occupied for a while?? My other concern is that he whines and cries if he can see me but not be with me, and a whining put for 25 hours isn't sounding like too much fun, and I'm afraid I'll cave in and have him on my lap the whole trip which won't work well if it's my turn to drive!

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I too have heard the same advice about withholding food, but since it is such a long trip, I don't think you would want to do that. The longest trip I had with my girl was the 3 hour drive to pick her up and food wasn't an issue. I've heard some dogs actually get carsick. Not sure if it is nervousness or actually the movement of the car. That might be why the advice for no food. I think I would try going with a small amount of food and see how he goes. Definitely would give water as well. As far as toys to keep him thinking or occupied, you could use a kong. I have also read where other posters use a toy that the dog has to manipulate in order to get his kibble. Maybe this would be a way to feed him small amounts by making him work for it. I'm a new dobie owner as well and I'm not sure what those toys are called. Maybe someone else will chime in. I also will mention that when I brought my pup home, she did whine in her crate for a bit and I almost wanted to cave in, but I didn't and she did settle down. Don't know if I just happen to get lucky or not, I hope you have a safe trip and good luck with your boy. Your baby has the sweetest face! He is absolutely adorable!
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The longest trip for our 9.5 week old puppy was 15 hours, bringing her home.
Two adults in the car, took turns holding puppy.
- and we stopped every hour (for potty break)...and smaller quantity of kibble given out (every 3-4 hours) plus frequent drinking water

First time in my 4x4 truck, Kelly tried making herself sick (under control now) and when we travel as a family, I hold her to stop the whining.
- soon she will have to learn to rest in the back seat of the wagon...but the constant holding her early on, avoided car sickness & much stress

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Hey pass her to me I'll hold her

Where are you headed in Florida? Be careful it's a jungle down here with the traffic
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I'm sure everything will be fine. I would suggest withholding food prior to and during travel.

I drive 1.5 hrs to get/bring back my boy and let me tell you, feeding him before the trip was no good. Luckily we were driving my boyfriend's new car
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I would bring water from home the when you get to where you are going add the water there with some of the water from home. do it like you would if your were changing dog foods some waters in different areas of the country can cause diarrhea. Do all your dog know the command wait so they will not jump out of the car when you stop.Also they should learn they cannot get out of the car unless on a leash no matter how well they are trained. Good Luck have a safe trip.
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"Do all your dog know the command wait so they will not jump out of the car when you stop." from Patchesmom.

I totally agree that this is an important thing to teach if you have time. As someone who has chased a dog down the road at 2 am because she decided to jump out of the car before I could get the leash on her.

She now has a solid "wait" but it certainly didn't happen overnight. If you don't have time to teach it then make sure the dog is leashed and tagged with your number before doors are opened even if this means some backseat twister.

I still feed my dogs when on a road trip, I try to keep them on about the same schedule. However, they are not prone to car sickness and that may be different depending on your dog. I've taken them from Texas to Wisconsin which is a 24 hour drive and an overnight hotel stay. I will be taking them back to Texas hopefully soon.

Toys are a great help, rest stops, water breaks, etc.... My doberman whines in the car and tries to eat the car so she's in the back in a sectioned off area with carpet and toys. She settles down in about 10 minutes so you may have to be prepared for whining after each stop (if your dog is the whining type like mine).
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My boy knows "wait" when the door is open. Although you can tell he is eager to bolt to the pet store or park gate, he will wait when I ask him to.

I agree- very important
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Yes hold the food. If Bodie eats the. Gets in the car even for a 5 min drive, he pukes all over.


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Puppies are notorious for getting car sick. I would be careful how much food you give him before and during the trip. My Zeus was probably the worst I ever seen when he was a pup but he eventually grew out of it. We moved from Louisiana to Ohio when he was still very young and he had to be drugged for the long trip. Khaos also seems to have some trouble with it, but not nearly as much. I hope he will also grow out of it. I just talked to my vet about it and he has two 6 months old lab pups he took in through the lab rescue that is kind of run out of his office and he said they get car sick about every 3rd ride or so. And by the rescue being kind of run out of his office I mean some of his staff volunteer for the lab rescue and he let's them use his daycare facility for adoption events one Saturday a month.

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Thank you everyone for all your advice, sorry I haven't responded sooner...we had company up this wkd so I was a little busy!
Colt is used to being in the crate he doesn't cry or whine while he's in there for bed time or when he knows I'm leaving the house, he only whines when I put him in there while I'm getting dressed or something where he can see that I'm still home yet he can't be next to me.
I also got him used to being in the car as soon as he came home with us. My parents dog is horrible in the car (jumps around, cries, etc) and I did NOT want that. I live in a very small rural town, so I take him somewhere in the car just about every day, even if it's just to the post office, to get him used to being in the car. And he knows to "stay" until I walk around to his door and open his door put his leash on and tell him "ok" which is when he jumps out. So he's fine with the car typically, but my husband wants him in his crate for the trip to FL mostly because Colt is obsessed with our yorkie and always wants him next to him (I think Colt thinks he is his teddy bear or something LOL) and husby doesn't want Colt jumping around trying to follow Tank around the truck...so we will see what happens i suppose!

Also, off topic...but Colt has had his flea/tick prevention already, but a friend of mine told me to beware of sand fleas with the dogs, does anyone know of anything that would protect against that at all?
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