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    Default Adopting Dog Interstate!

    Hi,

    I'm adopting an adorable Bichon Frise dog called Snoopy from a relative who is moving away. We've come interstate to collect him and take him home by car, but I'm a bit worried about him on the way back, because it'll be an 8hr drive.

    He's really calm and obedient, and he's been in a car before, but I'm a bit worried if he can handle the long trip.

    Also, any tips to help him deal with the long trip and anything I need to bring with us on the way home, please tell me!!

    Any advice or tips would really help and would be really appreciated!!

    Mel

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    Good luck with the adoption

    I would let the dog outside for a break every 3 or 4 hours at the least, let them stretch their legs and go to the bathroom. Don't forget to bring a travel water bowl so they can drink in the car and lots of bottles of water to top it up. Maybe some snacks too.

    We won some accomodation at a pet friendly cottage at Byron Bay which is 10 hours away, that's going to be a long ride! I hope our girl is up for it when we go.

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    Oh thx,
    Thanks again for your advice, really helpful! We're leaving tomorrow morning, and that's what I'm planning to do. We're gonna put his favourite bed in the back seats and we'll be sure to stop for breaks every so often. We've also packed some food and bought a special water bottle for him.

    Hope you have fun at Byron Bay! ;D

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    Sorry only just seeing this now!

    I drive every year at least once to my grandpas farm with the dogs, which is an 8 hours trip.
    I disagree with MTA. Don't go out of your way to stop for the dog. When you stop for you then bring the dog out for a stretch, toilet and a little bit of water. You don't want any accidents in the car!
    I also wouldn't worry about food. They're hardy animals, they won't die after 8 hours without food, they won't even get sick, I'd be surprised if they even get hungrier then normal.
    Its nothing to stress about Good luck!
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    We arrived last night, and the trip turned out great. The sleepyhead slept most of the way and we stopped every few hours to refuel and give him a little stretch. I didn't get a chance to see your post before we left, so we offered him some food, but thankfully he didn't accept and we had no little accidents from him in the car. Your right-they're really hardy little fellows!

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