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I'm driving from Florida to Pennsylvania to get a Golden pup this weekend, and just want some friendly advice on traveling such a far distance with him. Just trying to dot my i's and cross the t's Thanks!
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Puppy crate and poop bags...

And talk to the breeder ahead of time on puppy food. Find out what the breeder feeds the pups and pick up a big bag for home and a small 5# bag for traveling. If you stay overnight on the way back, you want to be able to feed the pup without a lot of mess.

Bring water (at least a gallon of water). Bring water and food bowls. I have small travel bowls that I use with my adult guys when traveling. You don't need huge things for adult, much less with pups.

Bring stuffy toys for the pup to snuggle with in his crate.

@the breeder - make sure you get a write up and stickers of vaccinations. You'll need to take that to your vet the next day when you do the first physical and set up vaccination schedule.

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In addition to what Megora suggested I would also add a chew toy of some sort. I liked Kong and the puppy Nylabones when my dogs were puppies.

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Buy some bed pads (for kids who wet the bed) and cut them to fit your crate or carrier. Put a couple of layers, so if the pup pees, you can just lift out the pad.

Baby wipes and paper towels are a must.

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Crate lined with a large towel
Several clean replacement towels in case of accidents
A couple of rolls of kitchen paper
Plastic grocery bags and large Ziploc bags to store dirty towels/used kitchen paper until you find a garbage can

Puppy pee pads (to put on the ground in places you're not sure of, and for use in public bathrooms)
Poo bags
A damp facecloth in a Ziploc bag, to clean the pup if he soils himself or throws up
A pack of baby wipes to clean stains

Two bowls, water and food (same food as the breeder was using)
A plush toy as a comfort item in the crate
Something to chew: not rawhide or anything that the pup might swallow (stuffed Kong, Nylabone, etc., would be good)
A tug toy to play with the pup

If you're staying overnight in a hotel:
A fleece throw or blanket to put on the hotel bed in case of accidents
A second fleece throw or blanket to put on the hotel carpet in case of accidents

A treat bag - always keep some kibble handy, to reward him or prevent tantrums

A collar and leash. The leash should be fairly short: 4' or 6' maximum
A tag engraved with your cell phone number and home phone number, on the pup's collar

A change of clothes for each human in the car, even if you're not staying overnight, in case the pup pees or throws up on you

That should cover it! The fun thing about travelling by car is that you have room for all this stuff. I brought Duster home on a plane, and I had a mini version of this list in my carry-on backpack. I used some of almost everything.

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Make sure the crate is secured so it doesn't go flying in case of an accident. Dogs need seat belts too! You always secure a baby seat in a car. Same with crate. That protects the puppy AND the passengers in the car.

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Plastic grocery bags and large Ziploc bags to store dirty towels/used kitchen paper until you find a garbage can


A damp facecloth in a Ziploc bag, to clean the pup if he soils himself or throws up
A pack of baby wipes to clean stains....
A change of clothes for each human in the car, even if you're not staying overnight, in case the pup pees or throws up on you

That should cover it!
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Everyone gave great ideas, collar and leash etc. but honestly, these are the "unforgettable" items. Hopefully your puppy will be one who does not get carsick, however, if there is any vomit, you will be darn glad if you have these items packed and close at hand. Voice of Experience

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Plan on making a lot of stops on the return trip... Say every 2 hours give the puppy a break... We drove from Denver Colorado to Florida when we picked out Natasha. She was only 8 weeks old at the time. Every rest stop was a new adventure for her.... and we got a lot of wonderful photographs. First night in a motel room she saw the 'puppy' in the mirror and she was so excited and happy and ran over to play... and then she figured out that it wasn't a puppy at all and she was very sad. We took her out for a walk and she was happy once again.


Overall she was a great traveler and the ride home to Florida was the first of several cross country trips we made with her.

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Thank you all so much for the advice and kind words! He is a rainbow puppy, so he is going to be absolutely cherished. Our plans are to train him as a therapy dog and I can't wait to show him off to you all!
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ah! the change of clothes in case of an accident was GREAT advice!!! Thank you for that!
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