Long journeys with dogs

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  1. mjltigger

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    I'm starting to plan for our long trip without kids next year.. it is 10 days (although I might be able to stretch that to 11 or 12) and for the first time we are planning to take the van and the pup.

    I'm assuming pup will sleep most of the way and so we will be able to drive for fairly long stretches but each stop will be longer because as well as us needing a leg stretch and a wee pup will need the same (as well as a fair amount of sniffing and sniffling because he is somewhere new)

    How long and how often do you guys plan to stop with pups? As a comparison I plan 20 minutes every 3 hours and an hour every 6 at the moment.. I generally aim to keep driving to under 6 when I'm heading away but often longer on the way home (although possibly not for the long trip as I need to be back feeling refreshed not knackered from a long drive)
     
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    We carry 2 yorkie's and a cat ,up to now this year spent nine weeks in France ,tend to stop every 2 to 3 hrs when traveling to have a leg stretch and give the animals a walk ,refresh then carry on ,in six years never had a mishap in the van .The dogs and the cat tend to go to sleep the second the engine fires up .When at home and packing to go away ,they know we are going away and we get no peace until we are on the road ,they love it lol. Hope you enjoy your trip next year and i think you will find the kids will cause more problems than the pets lol,Enjoy.
     
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    Thanks treetops. The kids are a bit jealous but we have 2 hols a year with them and one long trip without.. they will get over it.

    It sou rd lien the pets don't make your stops longer or more often than ours.. that might be good news.. I'm hoping to get to Lake Garda and Ms Tiggs wants to have a week in one place as part of the trip.. with a day out to go to Venice that means really we need to get there in a night and a day I think.. pushing driving time to 7 hours or so.. personally I would rather take longer to get there and back and keep the lakeside time down to 3 days.. I have time to work on her lol..
     
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    That's sounds about right to me based on what we used to do when we had our dogs.
    Make sure you give your pup bottled water as a tummy upset on a journey like that could result in an upset journey!!
     
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