We are taking the long cross-country 16 hour journey in just 13 days!!! Any suggestions on anything I need to or should do with Merphy before we go? And/or when we get there? What will make the trip easier for him? The longest car ride he's been on was maybe 6 hours. We're planning on driving straight through, which should take 16-18 hours, plus potty stops!
I've been taking him around as many dogs as possible to get him ready for his new roommate, Russia, a giant Schnauzer. My grandma is staying this weekend and bringing her dog, so that should give him a bit more practice. Also, Merphy and Milo actually get along pretty well now...so will they mourn for one another when Merphy and I leave? I just want to make sure Merphy is as comfortable as possible and I do things right, so any moving advice would be appreciated.
Put him in a crate, a plastic one like Vari kennel, get intra-state vet health certificate no older then 10 days before the trip and have rabies certificate as well. Most states require this. Make some stops for a little walk, and do not feed him a lot before the trip, give him some water on your stops.
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I have a martingale on him already. I don't think a crate is going to fit in the car comfortably (I'm trying to pack as much stuff in the car and truck as possible). He is pretty good in the car already, so I was gonna collapse his crate, or use it as a box.
But, do I really have to have a vet certificate to get from California to Washington? He's up to date on all his shots. I've never driven up there, so I don't know if they stop you and search your car or not.
I have traveled across the country many times with my dogs and have never gotten a health certificate nor have I ever been asked for one. I see no need for them. I would make sure you have a copy of his rabies certificate in the car with you. That's the only thing required by law.
You may want to get a prescription of sedatives prior to leaving just in case. If you do this make sure you test them out on him at home first so you know how much is needed to get the desired effect.
If he does well in the car, I would not sedate him. You do not need a health certificate unless you are flying with a dog. I am sure since you are moving you will be carrying his vaccination records. Just keep them in a handy spot incase the need for them doe arise. I would micro chip him if he is not. Problem is if you are leaving right away the paperwork will not have time to be processed. But it is a good idea to have it done living in a new area. You will at least have a number to give out if he should get lost. And O.K, now here is my smartellic advise. Buy a raincoat and umbrella for both of you. And are you really going to be living with a giant Schnauzer. Aren't you the brave one. I just told someone that if they would pay me $1000 per month, I still would not live with one. LOL Their bodies grow so much faster than there brains. Very cute but not so bright.
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Thank you everyone! I do plan on bringing some Benadryl just in case, but he normally just sleeps in the car anyway.
And Windy Valley...NO self respecting Seattlite carries an umbrella! I bought a new jacket in December, but haven't found a raincoat that I like that doesn't scream "I'm afraid of water!"
I have yet to meet a giant schnauzer, but my new roommate said that this one would be the perfect dog for my dog. She is used to rehabilitate their rescues and get them used to other dogs, and my dog could definitely use that! I've seen pictures of her, and she seems incredibly mellow, but just needs her exercise (I'm excited about this because I want a dog to run with, and my Lhasa Apso just ain't cuttin it). But really, I know nothing about the Schnauzer breed.