By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I am crazy about my new puppy. She's really like my child. My husband wants to visit friends up at the cottage this summer and I really want to take her for the ride. She'll be a couple of months older as well. Our friends know about the latest addition and haven't yet mentioned whether they mind our new pet. How do I keep sane for a six-hour car trip?

A: Sounds like your friends are fine with the idea on having your new pet enjoy the great outdoors around their cottage. Exploring the wonders of nature will be a great reward for a young pup whose going to be stuck in a vehicle for hours.

To prepare for the long haul, try taking Fifi on short spurts in the car so they get used to the idea of motion, travel, and compactness. With all of life's distractions in the way like cell phones, you want to stay focused behind the wheel and not turn around to check on her. So, once you're on the road, ensure Fifi has her own seat.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) recommends that animals should be secure while travelling. "Consider a crate or carrier. Having an animal jump around inside your vehicle is not safe for you or your pet. A carrier or crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down in comfortably. Get your pet accustomed to the carrier or crate before you leave," reports the CAA.

For more advice on travelling with your pet, visit the CAA's web site and click on Travel then select the sublink, "Travel Tips."


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