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What's a road warrior to do when it comes to toilets away from home? With these tried-and-true travel tips, your dog will get through highway and roadside stops with ease.
Train your dog to urinate on a variety of surfaces, such as grass, gravel, rocks, wood chips and cement. Experience has shown that there is no greater joy on the road than a rainy day, a slab of concrete and a code word to start the process (e.g., "Go, go, go!").
Ask at the front desk where the rest areas are located on the property. Once at the assigned areas, have your dog sniff and mark, and say the "Go" command associated with your release functions. On future walks/stops in the pit, reinforce with a cue word so your dog understands that this is his stomping (and marking) ground for the time being.
Use portable potty systems.
Eco-friendly, self-draining dog potty systems have found their place in the marketplace. This product, which allows dogs to relieve themselves without worrying about stains on the carpet, is designed for high-floor customers and dog lovers.
Accidents are inevitable, which is why carrying training pads/shenanigans in a travel bag makes it a must-have. It's also helpful to have: baby wipes, your favorite stain remover, an enzymatic eco-friendly product that eliminates odors, and plenty of paper towels for soaking.
Remember that hotels and bed and breakfasts appreciate it when we clean up after our dogs. Good manners make people and their dogs welcome again and the pet policy is still open.
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