One of the challenges of owning a dog is traveling with your canine companion. There are issues when traveling with any breed, but Boston Terriers come with their own set of special needs that need to be addressed when taking long road trips. There are many methods, many tools, methods and techniques that are used to manage car trips with your Boston Terrier. Some work better than others. Now, how is it possible to obtain the best results?
Understanding and preparation are definitely the key. In the same way, the real key to getting good results when traveling with your Boston Terrier is much more knowledge about what works and being properly prepared before you travel.
Here are 5 tips for hassle-free car travel with your Boston Terrier:
1. Take your Boston for a long walk before getting in the car.Why is this important? Boston Terriers are naturally energetic and can get bored and moody when sitting still for long periods of time. This is compounded if they haven’t had a chance for a proper “potty” break (which you know means several, if you already have a Boston). Make sure your friend has time to run and relieve himself right before a long car ride. And what exactly happens when you follow this advice? He can be sure that his Boston will be content to sleep for a long part of the trip and be comfortable until his first scheduled rest stop.
2. Bring a plate full of ice instead of a bowl of water. Water tends to spill during a car trip, but it is an absolute necessity that your Boston has access to fresh drinking water at all times, especially if you are traveling during the summer months. Ice actually helps because Boston Terriers are brachycephalic (meaning they have a short muzzle) and are very susceptible to overheating. Cold water will help your pet regulate her body temperature on a hot day.
3. Put blinds on the car windows. Again, the main reason behind this is the Boston Terrier’s intolerance to heat. While you may notice that her friend gravitates toward the sun rays on the living room floor, it’s very important that she has a shady spot to lie down.
4. Have a comfortable car bed. And why is it a good idea? Car seats are designed for the comfort of human buttocks, not the comfort of our canine friends. With seat belts sticking out and sewn in odd places, they can be very uncomfortable for your dog on a long drive. Any other reason? Depending on the color of your car’s interior, the seats (and seat belts) can get very hot—enough to burn your Boston. Having a special bed for your puppy eliminates this risk.
5. Take breaks every 2 to 3 hours. And this will be important why? Just like people, dogs need to rest from time to time. On a long trip, your Boston can become just as uncomfortable and restless as you are. What other important reasons are there? It is not healthy or comfortable for your dog to “hold it” for long periods of time. If you notice that your dog is drinking a lot of ice cold water that you have provided, you may need to stop more often. A good indicator? If you need to go, they probably do too.
One last piece of advice: Never leave your Boston Terrier in the car on a warm or sunny day. Even on a cool day, the temperature inside a car can rise 30 degrees in less than 15 minutes, which can have deadly consequences for your traveling pet.
If you follow these 5 tips carefully, you should expect to have a happy and comfortable adventure when road tripping with your Boston Terrier.