7 Essential Pet Items To Keep in Your Car
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Yes, I am one of those people. I treat my dog like I would treat my child (if I had one, lol). Piper has her own bag of necessities that I keep in my car at all times so that whenever I take her with me (which is a lot of the time!) I don’t have to worry. Here are the 7 essential things that I always have on hand.
Pretty self-explanatory. You never want to be stuck in a situation when your pup has some business to do and you aren’t prepared to clean it up! This doesn’t happen a whole lot for me as I am pretty in tune with Piper’s bathroom schedule and habits. So I always make sure she goes before we leave. However, there have been times when she has needed to go while we were out and there was no stopping it! The point is, accidents happen and you should always be prepared. I like to use a bag that is large enough for any mess, masks the smell well, as (if possible) is eco-friendly!
Depending on how long of a trip we are taking, I will usually try to pack a few treats for Piper to snack on. I don’t pack anything big like a bone but I will pack some small biscuits (if they aren’t too crumbly) or even just a handful of her regular food. Small training treats are also a good snack to bring if you want to get some training in as well. Training at home is nice and all, but the real test comes out in public with lots of people and distractions. Just remember, a hungry puppy is not a good puppy. These are my absolute favorite. The pumpkin helps keep Piper’s digestive system in check!
Water Bottle and Water Bowl
I always, always, always, make sure I have plenty of water packed for Piper whenever we go somewhere. She usually gets too excited to drink anything but I always make sure I have it. She has black fur and we live in the south, LOL!
I have two ways that I bring water. One is a water bottle that has a tray attached to it that folds out and the water can be squeezed into. This a great space saver. The downside is if your dog doesn’t drink all the water that you squeeze out, there is no way to get the water back into the bottle. But I usually just pour the leftover water on her paws to help cool her off more. Another is just a traditional water bottle and a travel bowl that folds up. Piper seems to like this the best since this is what she is most familiar with at home.
This might sound a bit strange, but hear me out. I’ve been places with Piper that, even though I have a backseat cover in my car, I was not about to have her jumping in and tracking whatever it is she might have stepped in. I keep some pet wipes stashed away just in case I need to do a quick wash up before we get back in the car. These are also good for yourself for after the dog park if you aren’t headed straight home! I love this kind from Nature’s Miracle.
Piper has this thing about dunking her entire head into the water bucket at the dog park. I’m not sure if it helps cool her off more or helps her drink more water, but it’s quite humorous to watch. Especially when she goes up to unsuspecting park visitors and rubs her face on their leg! In all honesty, the towel is to save the leather in my car. Plus, I can lay it down in the back and it makes it a bit cozier for her. I also LOVE the idea of small microfiber towels. They are so compact and they soak up so much water!
You can imagine my frustration when we get to where we are going and…dang…no leash. I always keep an extra one in my car just in case. Plus, if you ever come across a stray dog, this is great for getting them to a safe place.
Harness and Seatbelt Buckle
Piper absolutely loves the car. It is her Zen space. I believe safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to traveling with your pet. Like most dogs, Piper loves to stick her head out the window. And like most dog owners, I constantly find myself turning around to check on her. Bad combination. I have a harness (her only harness) that I keep in the car at all times as well as a short leash that actually has one end that buckles into the seat. I can then attach the leash to the harness and ta-da, puppy is safe! This keeps her from wanting to jump out of the car. It also protects her from flying into the front seat if I were to ever slam on the brakes.
What items do you always keep with you when traveling with your pup?