How Long Can A Dog Ride In a Car?

Whether it's an errand or an extended ride, it's nice to have your dog in the car with you. Many dogs enjoy a car ride, but it can be too much of a good thing. Knowing when he needs a break and when you should travel solo is good for both of you.

Long Distance Car Time

If you've taken a long road trip, you understand how tiring it can be, though you're seemingly doing nothing. Whether driving or riding, you're sitting in the same position for hours; bathroom and snack breaks are welcome diversions. It's the same for your dog, who should be in a secured crate for safe travel.

A good rule of thumb is to stop every two hours to allow you and Beau to stretch your legs. If you're traveling through the night and your dog typically sleeps through the night, you should be okay to stop when it suits you. If your dog is still a puppy, however, he will need a stop or two during the night.

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Trips Around Town

Your pup may be your best pal, but if you're running errands on a hot day, leave him home. A dog should never be left alone in a car on a hot day. On an 85-degree day, your car will reach 102 degrees in about 10 minutes, even with the windows cracked. Dogs can overheat quickly, experiencing dehydration, drooling, high heart rate and even collapse.