Winston & Gizmo are definitely our pride and joy over here and we aim to keep them comfortable in all aspects of their lives. We have learned quite a bit from these two knuckleheads, especially about how to travel with dogs. I was reminded of how helpful these tips have been when we decided to take the boys on a little road trip to Wilmington with us last weekend.
When we have taken them on longer roadtrips, like the time we took them to Asheville, we made sure to exercise them a bit more than normal the day before and then take them on a 2 mile walk before we left. Both Winston & Gizmo are part German Shepherd and Gizmo has Golden Retriever in him as well. They are both incredibly active and need constant brain stimulation, so exercise has always helped level them.
We also make a point to make room for them to lay down comfortable on their beds, but not to be able to move too much back and forth. Gizmo generally likes to lay closer to DG and me, while Winston prefers space in the back of the car.
Y’all, look at Winston’s side eye.
For longer trips, like our Asheville trip, we made a pitstop halfway through the trip to walk them around and give them some water. Wilmington was a pretty quick trip, only about an hour and 45 minutes, so we made a point of heading straight to lunch at a spot with a large lawn for them, but also with outdoor seating so they could readjust.
We love any time we can bring the boys with us places, and they definitely have grown to enjoy car rides. Gizmo still is skeptical about new people, but we have found that walking Gizmo away from people, has helped with his comfortable level. We also love when people ask if they can pet our dogs, because Winston is really social, whereas Gizmo prefers to be left alone, so that helps us control that.
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