Before you set off
Prior to setting off, it’s a good idea to take your dog out for a walk and get some exercise, especially for hyperactive dogs. It’ll help settle them down and make the rest of the journey more relaxing.
Is your dog used to travelling long distances? If not, the car might be an alien environment. Start taking your dog on short trips to get them used to being in a car, even if it’s just driving to the park or beach for a walk.
There are many ways to secure your dog for the journey ahead. It’s recommended that you secure the dog in either a crate, a harness attached to a safety belt, or a barrier. Your choice will depend on the size of your dog, their experience of travelling, other passengers and space in your vehicle. Choose the option that you and your dog feel most comfortable with, but remember, the most important aspect is to make sure the dog is safe and secure!
Make sure you pack a travel kit before leaving. It should include:
- A dog bowl and some water.
- Blankets (if it’s cold).
- Poop bags (you can never take too many).
- Make sure you pack some food or treats, but something that is likely not to come straight back up.
- Chew toys – they’re great for keeping dogs busy.
- Don’t forget their favourite toy or stuffed animal.
- If your dog has a habit of jumping in puddles and rolling in mud, some old rags in the boot are handy.
It’s important to make sure your dog has a tag with contact information on. Your dog might be the best behaved, but there’s always the chance something might spook them and they could get away from you. If you’re far from home, it’s essential that someone can identify your dog and contact you right away.
During the journey
Many of the tips for driving with a dog are similar to driving with children. We suggest you avoid driving aggressively! It may upset the dog and cause stress to them. If they’re upset for any reason, it’s important to remain calm as they pick up on your mood. Each dog is different, but sometimes comforting a dog can have the opposite effect and worry them further. You also need to have full concentration on the road!
Keep an eye on the temperature and try to let a little fresh air in. Dogs have a much lower threshold hold to heat than humans – if you’re starting to feel the warmth, then the dog definitely is!
Time for a break
Depending on the length of your journey, it’s a good idea to get some proper fresh air; stretch your legs and allow your dog to take on some water and food. Don’t overfeed them though as you don’t want any accidents on those new leather seats! Most Motos have large car parks with enough space to walk around; just be vigilant of your surroundings. If your dog needs a longer walk, visit to Driving With Dogs, they have a huge range of motorway based walks.
If you do stop at Moto for some tasty refreshments, don’t leave your dog in the car. It’s dangerous, particularly on hot days. They are susceptible to overheating and could find a busy service station car park distressing. If you have another passenger, we recommend you take it in turns to wait outside with the dog. Alternatively, tie them up in a safe place to a secure fixture.
We have attached some Q&As regarding our four legged friends also available in our Help Centre
If I travel alone and I’m travelling with my dog, can I bring him/her inside
with me so that I can use the facilities?
Yes, we won’t turn any drivers away who need to bring their dog(s) with them in order to use
the toilet facilities inside our buildings. Please note though, dogs are not permitted inside our
restaurants or shops.
Can my dog come with me whilst I sit and have something to eat?
If it’s not safe to leave your dog outside, i.e. if you are travelling alone, or it’s too hot to leave
your dog in the car, your furry friend will be allowed inside whilst you use our facilities.
Please keep in mind though, he/she is not be permitted inside our restaurant areas, so if you do
want to pick up food to eat, please consider using our order and collect service, and enjoying
your meal in one of our outdoor seating areas.
What facilities do you have for dogs?
We are lucky to have some stunning outdoor spaces at our locations, some with short walking
routes perfect for letting your furry friends stretch their legs mid-journey, and all with space for
your dog to relive themselves and have a quick drink of water.
If you’re travelling alone, you can bring your dog inside whilst you use the facilities, but please
keep in mind that dogs aren’t permitted inside restaurants or shops.
On a final note, there’s a good chance your canine friend needed to relieve himself during your pit stop; don’t forget to bag it and bin it!
Have a safe journey and we look forward to seeing you soon!