A Bichon Frise is such a treasured, important member of the family that many people want their dog along whenever possible including going on a trip or taking a vacation. They do not want to leave their best four-footed friend in the care of friends or at a kennel. Traveling with your dog in the car can be a great experience if you plan ahead and use common sense. When considering taking your pet with you, your Bichon Frise should be in good health, well behaved, trained to stop barking, and travel well. Traveling any distance with a pet that barks incessantly or is continuously carsick could certainly put on damper on the drive.
Before traveling on the road with your Bichon Frise, there are necessary supplies you should take with you. Have either a pet seat belt or crate to transport your dog safely. Make sure he wears a collar with an ID, license, and rabies tag and always carry an extra leash and collar. Take along your dogs' favorite blanket, toys, and pack food, water, a can opener, bowls, plastic bags, and of course, his favorite treats. Always carry a list of his license, microchip, vaccination, and rabies tag numbers and a picture of your pet in case he gets lost. Be sure to have a first aid kit, dog shampoo, brush, and his toothpaste and toothbrush. A laundry basket is an easy, convenient way to pack and cart your doggie supplies.
A pet crate or carrier on the back seat is the best and safest way for your pet to travel in the car with you. If you prefer a seat belt on your dog, be sure to keep the window rolled up, as it is dangerous for any dog to stick its head out. Get your dog into the habit of getting in the car first and out after you with his leash on. Take frequent breaks for your pet to drink, get a little exercise, and relieve himself. Never, under any circumstances, leave your Bichon Frise unattended in a locked car.
Unlike years ago, more and more places are welcoming guests with quiet, well-behaved dogs. Some of the numerous places include hotel & motel chains, campgrounds, resorts, and B&B's throughout the United States and Canada. Some places allow only smaller dogs or ones up to a certain weight while others allow small dogs to stay in your room and have a kennel for larger dogs. Some require a small extra fee while others do not. Always phone ahead to be sure that they will allow your Bichon Frise and find out if there are certain rules regarding your pet. As a trustworthy pet owner, keep your Bichon Frise quiet, so as not to disturb other people, take your dog out for a walk in only the designated areas, and be sure to clean up after your pet both outside and in the room. It is irresponsible pet owners that make it difficult for those that do respect other people's property and privacy. By spending a little time beforehand getting organized and covering all the bases, you and your Bichon Frise will have a wonderful trip together.