I need some advice. My boyfriend's parents invited us down to their house for Thanksgiving. We live around Philadelphia, and his parents live in Raleigh, NC. It's about a 5 hour drive. They said we could bring the puppy.
Diesel is 10 weeks old right now (will be about 12 weeks at Thanksgiving), and I've had him for about a week. He's doing pretty well, but I was wondering if it's a bad idea to take him on a long trip and to a new house so soon, even if it's with people he knows. And will it interfere with his housetraining?
i do'nt think it's a bad idea. just get him used to the car, travel with him in his crate, and make lots of potty stops. at the other house he'll need to learn the potty rules there, too. he may not transfer what he's learned at your house to a new house. keep an eagle eye on him, crate him or tether him to people, and bring paper towels and nature's miracle!
As long as you continue to be consistent with the housetraining, you should be fine. Expect some setbacks as you will be in an entirely different location, and your pup may be confused. Also, if you don't have one already, get a crate to keep him in. Holidays are very hectic, and having a crate will give your pup a quite place to be put in when things are just too much. And will keep him out of stuff when you go out.
I travel with my dogs for Christmas. Yup a 15 - 18 hour ride. This will be the first trip for the puppy. The other 2 seem to take the ride OK, they mostly sleep. Every now and then they get a little restless and we pull into a rest area. It is 100% worth is to be able to spend the holidays with my family and my babes.
I've traveled with my puppy since the day we got her. We travel up to Canada which is a 12 hr. trip. I found with mine, that I couldn't feed her at all after her supper the night before we leave. Other wise she gets sick. I made sure that she was use to being in the car and would take her in her crate where ever we went. You just have to keep up with the potty training and know that they might have some problems in the new surroundings.