Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
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!