Imagine you are driving across Texas and it’s 110 degrees outside the car and you have to pee.
All you have to do is stop at the next service station and take care of business.
Now imagine you have a dog with you.
Not as simple, is it?
As everyone knows, it is very easy for dogs to overheat in cars, even when the temperature outside the car is a lot lower than 110.
So what do you do when you are on a road trip with your dog and you have to pee?
Here are some options
How to Take a Bathroom Break when Traveling With a Dog
Leave the Air Conditioning On While You Go Inside
In a pinch I have left the car on with the air conditioning blasting, and that seemed to work.
Obviously, you can’t be inside a long time because (1) there are laws about keeping your car running idol for too long and (2) despite the wonderful invention of air conditioning, the sun beating down can still make the inside of the car very hot.
It’s probably easier for you to take a bathroom break outside with Fido if you are a guy, but again, in a pinch, I have done it.
Tie him to something in the shade
This solution isn’t an option with my dog because he hates being alone outside for even a fraction of a minute.
Also, I have heard of thieves snatching designer dogs from owners who leave them outside alone. The thief can make a lot by reselling the dog, but the duress on the owner goes much farther than the cost of the dog.
My dog is a mutt, so I’m not worried about this, but he’s also my best friend, and therefore, always at my side.
I wouldn’t recommend this option.
Bring Another Human
While I’m a big fan of the solo road trip, they can also be fun with other people.
And if you are bringing your dog with you on the road trip, having another human with you can save a lot of hassle, not only on the road, but also at hotels, stores and anywhere else your dog is not allowed in with you.
Best Choice #1: Bring the Dog Inside With You
In many of the rest stops that line America’s highways, it’s likely you will be able to sneak your dog in, especially if the entrance is on the outside of a building. I have done this numerous times, and unless there is a restaurant or food preparation going on nearby, no one should have a problem with you bringing your dog inside (unless your dog is unfriendly or loud), especially if it really is 110 degrees outside.
Even non-dog-owners know that leaving a dog in a car is a no-no and most people you meet on the road will understand why you need to bring your pooch in.
Best Choice #2: Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is not always a choice you have available when the 32 ounce big-gulp suddenly wants to leave your bladder, but that’s the point.
While it’s tough to know everything about the journey, you can research dog-friendly places that will let your dog come with you on a bathroom break, how long the trip will be vs. how long your pup can hold it, what the weather will be like and how much liquid you really need to consume during the trip.
By taking the time to think the journey through before you pull out of the driveway when traveling with a dog, you and your dog will be much more happy and comfortable.