I am always looking for places to explore with Alfie, I love finding beautiful new locations to discover. Scotland has been on my to visit list for what feels like forever. So when the opportunity came along to take a road trip up to explore… James and I jumped at the chance with our little Alf in tow of course!
Organised by a wonderful PR company, we were going to take a road trip up from Bristol. Our first location was the gorgeous Trigony House Hotel in Dumfries, we then travelled through Loch Lomond finishing up at The Four Seasons Hotel, set on the banks of Loch Earn. We were easily going to cover over 1000 miles on our trip, so good organisation was essential…
Our top tips for taking your dog on a road trip
For this post I wanted to share with you the our tips and tricks for making your long drive as stress free as possible.
Pick a dog friendly area
The last thing you want to do is to arrive at your first location to find it isn’t as dog friendly as your first thought. Research the area! Find some good local walks and dog friendly eateries, this will take the stress away upon arrival. It gives your more time to enjoy!
Plan your route
Be sure to plan a number of stops along the way, both for the driver and to give your dog a wee stop! Alfie is a pro at travelling now, but I always try to stop every three hours to give him a leg stretch… He will usually strop as he knows we are not there yet, have a wee then drag me back to the car so he can sleep!
Make sure you dog is secure in the car, fasten them in with a doggy seat belt or a crate in the boot… You want to make sure they will be kept safe in an emergency!
Feed in advance
It is recommended that you feed your dog 2 hours before your trip, this is helpful if your dog is prone to feeling car sick… Give them a nice long walk before hand to burn off any excess energy so they can snooze the drive away.
Is your dog at risk?
Research the area, is it an area that is prone to ticks? If it is, be sure to make sure your dog’s tick treatment is up to date, we don’t want any of those little monsters joining you on your trip!
I hope you have found these tips helpful! Stay tuned, we will be sharing our Scottish adventures with you over the next few weeks! – We had such a wonderful trip!
Emma & Alfie xox