Thinking of going on some adventures with your pup this year? Thankfully, these five products were designed to make doggy road trips safer and more enjoyable for both of you. Stumped on where to go? We've put together a list of incredible dog parks in the US that should be on your bucket list this year.
Crash-Tested Doggy Seatbelts
Just like people, pets need to be restrained while in the car, however, not all dog harnesses were created equal. The Clickit Sport harness has a five-star crash test rating from the Center for Pet Safety. Its state-of-the-art technology was designed to protect your pet in minor accidents, and full-on collisions. As with furless children, be sure to use this in the backseat and never in the front.
Spill-Proof Water Bowl
Have you ever tried giving your thirsty dog water from a human bottle or cup—while driving? Do NOT recommend. Enter the spill-proof water bowl, a silicone, and travel-friendly water bowl with an ingenious overhanging lip. Even the bumpiest car rides and sloppiest tongues are no match for this no-slip, waterproof bowl. Make sure to pack plenty of water and stop every few hours for potty breaks.
Some popular dog treats and toys don’t hold up in the car. Bully sticks, for example, will make your whole car smell like a barn, and Kongs, although popular with the pups, tend to roll under the front seat when dropped. Our favorite dog toy for a road trip is this flavored Nylabone Durachews. The Durachews don’t roll like a ball, don’t smell too much, and can even help freshen dog breath, which is important if your family is expecting lots of kisses this holiday.
The Car Cuddler
Now your dog can be in the lap of luxury, without being on your lap. As the name suggests, Solvit’s Car Cuddler is basically a portable couch. Just looking at this plush, portable sofa would make anyone sleepy. YAWN. Are we there yet — oh, who cares?
Doggy Diaper Bag
Okay, so maybe your dog doesn’t need diapers, but just like little kids, dogs need snacks and water on the go. Be sure to bring a bag with your dog’s favorite treats, some food for emergencies, ID, and medications. Here are some additional items to consider bringing along: urine remover (in case he gets nervous in the new environment) anti-tick meds and tweezers, Rescue Remedy for nervous dogs, and some clothes that smell like home (you) to help ease their troubled minds.