Potty training is a process that is usually done at home but it doesn’t have to stop when you have to travel with your dog. For example, if you are driving a long distance and you have to take your pet with you, you can take advantage of frequent stops to make sure that your dog’s potty training lessons will not be disrupted. Many travelers do take their dogs out for a short walk on stopovers, but this doesn’t mean that you should encourage your dog to mingle with other pups while on the road.
You also have to keep in mind that when you take your dog out for on-the-road potty training, there are some responsibilities that you have to take care of, starting with cleaning up after your pet. Most highway rest stops these days have an area specifically for pets but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to leave your pet’s poop just lying around the area. Use poop bags to properly dispose of your dog’s waste.
If you forget to bring poop bags with you, you might avail of some from dispensers in the rest stop. Better yet, just find any clean plastic bag that is big enough to contain the poop. Pick it up and throw it away in the nearest garbage can.
Potty Training While Camping
If you are taking your pet along with you when you go camping or traveling in your recreational vehicle, you have to familiarize yourself with the campsite’s rules regarding pets before taking your dog to do his business just anywhere in the area. If you can’t see where these rules are posted, it’s always safer to ask than be sorry later.
Bringing along a portable litter box might be a good idea for smaller dogs, allowing them to do their business in the vehicle without requiring you to make an emergency stopover. This will also eliminate the hassle of having to pick up your dog’s poop when he goes outdoors.
There are such litter boxes that you can buy from pet stores everywhere, but you can also be creative and save some money by finding your own improvised portable litter box. Generally, any plastic box with a lid would be suitable, especially those that are low-sided and can easily be stored under a cot in your RV or in the trunk of your car. If you bring along these boxes, you can continue potty training your dog wherever you may go.