Before leaving on a long-distance car trip, there are steps you can take to ensure your pup will be comfortable for at least the next few hours. If your dog has a tendency to get carsick, it’s best to avoid feeding her before the drive (or only give her a small meal).
Like traveling with small children, a dog can get antsy in the car, so make time for exercise before she hops in. Plan out regular water and bathroom stops on your route to give your dog time to stretch her legs, Melissa Pezzuto, a behavior consultant with Best Friends Animal Society, tells The Dodo. At a minimum, dogs should get breaks from the car every four to six hours.