When you need to find a dog park on the road, don’t wait until your dog is the one making the decisions. When your dog has to go, they will be pretty quick to let you know, but you might not have much warning before you need to act!

Waiting until your dog is jumping around in the back seat, whimpering, pawing at the car windows and chewing on the seat covers with cartoonish crossed legs isn’t the right time to try to find a place for your friend to find some relief.

The tip is especially useful when you’re taking your pet with you on holidays — in making your dog (and your other human passengers) comfortable, and preventing having a puddle in the floor of your car, you are going to need to find a safe and appropriate place for your friend to relieve himself at.

Don’t just accept any wide, grassy spot on the side of the road as a place for your dog to stop at — many parks aren’t set up to handle your dog, and random grassy knolls might not be able to cope with your dog’s… ahem… urgency. Without a fence or similar method to contain your pet, off-leash experiences may end in disaster — especially when there are roads and traffic involved.

And, just as devastatingly, your emergency ‘borrowing’ of a patch of grass could find you in possession of a large council fine. Not the stuff of great holiday memories, right?

As soon as you know you’re going to take your pet on holidays, check out a good pet-friendly travel website or mobile app that features detailed listings of pet friendly locations like dog parks and off-leash areas.

Like anything in life, prevention is often the key to success — and knowing that the next town en route has a dog park is valuable information when you’re trying to explain to an officer why your dog has left a present on someone’s front lawn.

What emergency pet-stops have you made on holidays?

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