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USMCvet 08-26-2014 12:36 AM

Where to take 8 wk old pup to potty on drive home..??
Ok so I have posted similar questions before..but I a, stressing one thing..
I am driving from california to illinois with my puppy when she turns 8 weeks...most people agreed it was ok but every person seemed to stress the importance of where I take her for bathroom breaks since she will not be all the way up on her shots...

I really don't want to take any risks..anyway,
I was thinking, since I have a pick up truck..that when she needs to relieve herself I could pull off the highway and take her to thr back of my truck and put one of those pee pads down and encourage her to go there that way she doesn't touch the nasty public grounds...

Please help lol
This will be my first GSD by the way..

d4mmo 08-26-2014 02:48 AM

Go pull over at any place which doesn't seem to have had people or animals there.

kr16 08-26-2014 09:52 AM

We pulled into rest stops and they are usually pretty large. We would go to a place that was far from the main buildings. We also used gas stations when we filled up, we would find a good spot.

Your idea of the pick up bed is pretty cool.

sourdough44 08-28-2014 07:38 AM

I would try to find some grass or sand/rocks along the way. When you pull off just go to a spot less used by the masses. I'd also find some safe areas to let the dog roam a bit, with you watching of course.

JeanKBBMMMAAN 08-28-2014 07:40 AM

OP is thinking parvo precautions I am betting. On a long transport of 3 puppies to me from GA a few years ago I specifically said no feet on the ground for any potty spots, because of the parvo/distemper risk (and because they were already exposed to parvo once, let's not push it!). So the potty pads and making sure they don't walk off them is good, carrying them is good. The restriction of not exercising for the purposes of going from one place to another is not as bad as the stuff you are exposing them to in those rest areas.

lisette 09-03-2014 06:37 PM

I'm stressing about the same thing! I am picking up my puppy this weekend in Ohio then driving back to eastern PA. I think your pick up is a good idea. I know for sure I am not going to be stopping at rest stop due to health risks with his vacs. not being completed. I think being as I have a hatchback type car I might just put down the back seats put the pee pad in the trunk and let him do his thing.

Good luck and safe drive!

middleofnowhere 09-03-2014 07:11 PM

Forget the pick up bed. Drive 1/4 mile away from an off ramp to potty pup. Do not use the truck stops or the rest stops or the areas by service stations.

Wait for puppy to do his/her thing (and then puppy will decide not to do it at your convenience.)

N Smith 09-03-2014 07:26 PM

I travelled with 7 puppies over 4000 kilometers this summer - nothin' to it LOL!

I always made sure to pull over 2-3 kilometers before a rest area or restaurant that we planned to stop at. So they were all pottied before we left them in the truck to eat/gas up, whatever.

I literally stopped in the middle of nowhere, pulled off as far as I could, we carried the puppies a decent distance from the road and put them down to run around/play/potty. I would suggest a leash if this is a new puppy (mine were from my litters so I knew they would follow). I didn't stop in any rest areas and overnight I pottied the dogs in the woods/off the highway, where people are not normally walking their dogs for fun.

Don't stress - the puppies will be stressed enough without being micromanaged in case of "germs". Plan your route before you leave and know where you are going to stop. Allow for extra stops because those puppies like to throw curve balls LOL and if you are going to be driving through a big city, that may take a couple hours to get through, potty the puppy sufficiently in the "middle of nowhere" before entering the city so you don't have to stop unless there is a potty emergency.

Pre-boil and pack white rice gruel to feed with the kibble to avoid stomach upset. As well as some peppermint oil (one drop on a blanket can curb car sickness), Lavender Oil (calming and great for small cuts and scrapes.), water, bowls, LOTS of paper towel and pet friendly cleaner (hope you don't need to use it), plastic bags for garbage and maybe a cooler with some bones to chew on the way to keep the puppy occupied.

Congrats on the new puppy!

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