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Top 5 tips for traveling by car with your Boston Terrier

Top 5 tips for traveling by car with your Boston Terrier

One of the challenges of dog ownership is traveling with your canine companion. There are travel issues with any breed, but Boston Terriers come with their own set of special needs that must be addressed on long trips. There are many methods, many tools, methods and techniques used to manage car travel with your Boston Terrier. Some work better than others. Now how is it possible to achieve the best results?

Understanding and preparation is certainly the key. Likewise, the real key to getting good results when traveling with your Boston Terrier is a lot more know-how about what works and proper preparation before the trip.

Here are 5 tips for a smooth car ride with your Boston Terrier:

1. Take your Boston for a long walk before getting in the car.Why is this important? Boston Terriers are energetic by nature and can become bored and moody when they have to sit still for too long. This is compounded if they haven’t had a chance for a proper “toilet” break (which you know means several if you already own a Boston). Make sure your friend has time to run around and do their chores right before a long car ride. And what exactly happens when you follow this advice? You can be sure that your Boston will be content to sleep through the long leg of the journey and will be comfortable until your first scheduled rest stop.

2. Carry a container full of ice instead of a bowl of water. Water tends to get spilled during car rides, but it’s absolutely essential that your Boston has access to fresh, cool drinking water at all times, especially if you’re traveling in the summer months. Ice actually helps because Boston Terriers are brachycephalic (meaning they have a short muzzle) and are very prone to overheating. Cold water will help your pet regulate its body temperature on a hot day.

3. Place shades in the car windows. Once again, the main reason for this is the Boston Terrier’s heat intolerance. Although you may notice that your friend gravitates towards the sun on the living room floor, it is very important that he has somewhere in the shade to lie down. It’s also a good idea because Bostons have very fine coats and are at risk of serious sunburn if exposed to direct sun for too long.

4. Have a comfortable car bed. And why is this a good idea? Car seats are designed for the comfort of human behinds, not for 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 journey.. Any other reason? Depending on the color of your car’s interior, the seats (and seat belts) can get very hot – hot enough to burn your Boston. Having a special bed for your dog eliminates this risk.

5. Take breaks every 2-3 hours. And this will be important because of what? Just like people, dogs need to take a break from time to time. On a long trip, your Boston can become 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 the ice water you have provided, you may need to stop more often. A good indicator? If you have to go, they probably do too.

One last tip: Never leave your Boston Terrier in the car on a warm or sunny day. Even on a cool day, the temperature inside the car can rise 30 degrees in less than 15 minutes, which can have deadly consequences for your traveling pet.

When you follow these 5 tips carefully, you should expect to have a happy, comfortable adventure when traveling with your Boston Terrier.

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