If you own a vehicle and your dog is not used to long-distance travel, take him on short drives so that he is acclimated to the car’s motion. Always confine your puppy in a crate or a special puppy seat when he is in the car. Do not allow him to be loose. He could be thrown off the seat if you brake suddenly or swerve. Alternatively, he might crawl around and slip underneath your feet while you are driving.
Rest stops along major highways set aside areas for dog walking. For safety, some are enclosed. Budget cuts, however, have forced the closure of highway rest stops in certain states and have reduced expenditures on maintenance in others. Bring your own waste bags in case none are provided, and always walk your dog on a leash. Stay away from the road’s edge to avoid being hit by a car.
Your doggy bag should include food, snacks, water, and bowls. Take paper towels and plastic bags for clean-up. Always carry an extra leash, in case the original one becomes misplaced. Include your Chihuahua’s favorite toy and bed. Familiar items from home will help him adjust to being away. A canine first-aid kit is recommended too. If your plans include travel to cold weather areas, sweaters or coats are a must so that your dog is snug and warm.
Hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast inns usually post pet policies on their websites or in brochures. Overnight stays are usually not a problem, especially along interstate highways. Sometimes there may be an additional charge for a dog or you may be given a room reserved for guests who smoke.
Longer stays may present a problem. A hotel may allow pets but require the dog to be with the owner at all times. Once travel plans are firm, call your choice of lodging and ask about its pet policy. Ask for a written confirmation so that there are no surprises upon arrival. Information posted on websites is sometimes inaccurate or outdated.