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08-24-2014 01:14 AM
KentuckyFenway Two weeks? Yeesh! I made it from Kentucky to California in three days. Though I don't recommend it.

Keep raw meat bones in a cooler and give them to crated pup... lifesaver.

Paper towels, baby wipes, benadryl, trash bags, cleaning solution. All of those are lifesavers.
08-24-2014 12:55 AM
BowWowMeow When my dog Chama was 11 weeks old I drove from Albuquerque to Madison, WI. She was in the back of my truck (covered by a topper) with my german shepherd, Massie. She did great--road like a champ and was an excellent traveller for the entire 14+ years of her life.

We didn't stop at rest areas (because she hadn't had all of her vaccinations) but instead stopped and walked, etc. on country roads along the way.
08-24-2014 12:50 AM
Juliem24 Have a great trip...I drove from Chi-town to Seattle and back to see my son (who was at ft Lewis) with a 2 week old baby..and my daughter...and a dog..we stayed off the main highways, took US 2 across. Had a great time, had to stop to feed about every 3-4 hours, people were fantastic, helpful and thrilled to offer suggestions, advice, even meals! Loved the journey almost as much as the reunion in Seattle.
08-24-2014 12:42 AM
USMCvet Makes me feel more confident to see people who have had successful experience.

Perhaps after the drive I will have some good advice in the future who's in the position I am now and I'll probably learn from mistakes as well (I just won't settle for safety mistakes)

I didn't even think about how most stops right off exits have had questionable dogs...I will definitely be very careful where I bring my pup.
Thanks everyone
08-23-2014 07:19 PM
kr16
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I'm picking her up east of Los Angeles...and head straight for illinois..

Perhaps the breeder may also have some advice..this will be my first GSD so I want to do it right lol
Its not a big deal, I would not stress over it and just take a nice road trip. Like I said I did it So Fl to Ohio. As long as someone is with you its easy. I brought a crate and a large box with me and never used either.
08-23-2014 06:25 PM
USMCvet I'm picking her up east of Los Angeles...and head straight for illinois..

Perhaps the breeder may also have some advice..this will be my first GSD so I want to do it right lol
08-23-2014 05:21 PM
Cassidy's Mom Where are you picking her up from - near the starting point of your trip?

I don't think it would add a lot to your trip to bring her with you, I think we only stopped two or three times on our 10 hour drive from Oregon, basically whenever we needed a potty break or to get gas. She slept a lot of the time, so being in the crate wasn't a big deal.
08-23-2014 04:38 PM
USMCvet Again thanks for everyone's help and advice,
So sounds like most people agree that while driving she should be crated...
How lomg should I expect the drive to be then if it's originally 30 hrs?

Maybe I should just send her through the plane, which is a service my breeder does offer...
It'd make me really nervous though especially not having all vaccinations..
08-23-2014 12:36 PM
Cassidy's Mom If I take one of the dogs to the vet (5 minute drive in town), or to one of the various off leash parks we go to for play we don't use crates. It would be a pain to break down Keefer's sleeping crate (which you have to do to get it through the doorway of the bedroom) and carry it out to the SUV each time we took the dogs anywhere. I have a smaller sized car crate for Halo that fits in my little Audi A3 wagon, and she rides crated to and from flyball practice and to tournaments. I just feel safer having her confined for travel, since I'm usually leaving super early in the morning and then driving home after a long exhausting day.
08-23-2014 09:18 AM
Liesje Yeah I've never NOT used crates, just not safe or practical to have a puppy wandering. I've traveled a lot with my dogs, not just to get puppies but we've made several 7-9hour trips in one day, and then back again. Dogs are always crated. If they need to potty or stretch, we stop and take care of that. The puppy would not be in a crate for 30 hours straight, you would need potty, food, gas yourself. An 8 week old puppy is like a human baby in a car seat, they are a baby and sleep a lot anyway so they don't need freedom to get into trouble and make messes.
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