the Ruff Guide

Tips when travelling with your dog

  • Consider the weather
  • Try to make sure there is some shade if it is a very sunny day
  • Make sure your dog has plenty of space in the car but is strapped in, has a guard or is in a cage to enure yours and the dog's safety.
  • Your dog will travel better if he does not have a full stomach so only give a light meal about two hours before you start off on your journey.
  • Make sure your pet has a chance to go to the toilet before getting in to the car.
  • If you are on a long journey, take plenty of stops so that your dog can stretch his legs and relieve himself.
  • Make sure you have lots of cool or cold water available to drink when you stop, especially on a hot day.
  • Always remember to clean up after your dog in a public place
  • Ensure your dog is kept on a lead in all public places
  • Bring suitable bedding, food, bowls, poo bags and towels for your trip
  • Never leave a dog unattended in a car on a hot day


  • Park in the shade to keep your car cool
  • Make sure your dog wears an identification collar tag and is microchipped
  • Take a photograph of your dog in case it goes missing
  • Check your breakdown cover to ensure that dogs can be carried in the event of a breakdown