One of the tasks of owning dogs is to travel with your dog. There are problems when traveling with any breed, but Boston Terriers come with their own set of special needs that need to be addressed during long road trips. There are many techniques, many tools, techniques and techniques used to control car travel along with the Boston Terrier. Some work better than others. Now, how can you get the best results?
Understanding and training is definitely key. In the same way, the real key to achieving good results when traveling with a Boston Terrier is much more know-how about what’s working and properly preparing before the trip.
Here are 5 tips for a smooth car trip with your Boston Terrier:
1. Go to Boston for a long walk before getting in the car.Just why is this important? Boston Terriers are energetic by nature and can get bored and gloomy if they have to stay too long. This is exacerbated by the fact that they didn’t have the option of a proper toilet break (and you know that’s a few if you already have Boston). Make sure your friend has time to run around and get down to business just before the long car ride. And what exactly happens if you follow this advice? You can be sure that your Boston will be happy to sleep for the long part of the trip and you will be comfortable until your first scheduled vacation stops.
2. Take a bowl full of ice instead of a bowl of water. Water tends to spill while traveling by car, but it’s absolutely essential that your Boston has access to fresh cool drinking water at all times, especially if you’re driving in the summer months. Ice actually helps because Boston Terriers are brachycephalic (i.e., they have a short snout) and are very prone to overheating. Cold water will help your pet regulate body temperature on a hot day.
3. Place the shades on the car windows. Once again, the main reason for this is the Boston Terrier’s intolerance to heat. While you may notice that your friend is tending to the sun on the living room floor, it is important that they are somewhere shady to lie down. It’s also a good idea, as Boston has very thin fur coats and is at risk of severe sunburn when exposed to direct sunlight for too long.
4. There is a comfortable bed for cars. And why is that a good idea? Car seats are designed for the comfort of a person’s buttocks, not for the comfort of our canine friends. If seat belts stick out and sew in strange places, they can be very uncomfortable for your dog on a long trip. Any other reasons? Depending on the color of the car’s interior, the seats (and seat belts) can get very hot – hot enough to burn your Boston. Having a special bed for a dog eliminates this risk.
5. Take breaks every 2 – 3 hours. And it will be important because of what? Like humans, dogs need to take a break to rest every so often. On a long drive your Boston can become as awkward and restless as you can. What other good reasons are there? It is not helpful or convenient for your dog to “hold it” for an extended period of time. If you notice that your dog is drinking a lot of icy water, you may need to stop more often. A good indicator? If you need to go, they probably are too.
And one last word of advice: Never leave your Boston Terrier in the car on a warm or sunny day. Even on a cool day, the temperature in the car can rise by 30 degrees in less than 15 minutes, which can be fatal to your pet’s journey.
If you follow these 5 tips carefully, you should expect a happy and comfortable adventure while understanding the road with your Boston Terrier.