(Closed) Road trip (car) with the dog – how often to take breaks?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would stop once on the 2 hour drive. We just took a 4 hour trip to the shore with our dog and we stopped every 45 min or so with him, so about 5 times in the 4 hours. But that is also because my pregnant self needed frequent bathroom stops! For a 2 hour trip, I think one stop is just fine.

Post # 4
7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We stopped twice on a 7 hour drive.

Post # 5
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I drive 2 hours every other weekend to see my SO, and I don’t stop at all.  For the 6 hour drive to my SO’s parents house, we stop once for a potty break.  I’m sure it’s pretty dog-dependent based on how well they do in the car.  My dog is always in the car with me, so he just falls asleep in the back seat. 🙂

ETA: I did a 4 hour drive to a friend’s house and didn’t stop at all because he didn’t wake up.  I would just let your dog dictate how often you stop.  If he’s pacing around the backseat and not accustomed to being in a car, then stop as needed.  If he just wants to sleep the entire time, then let him sleep.

Post # 6
2394 posts
Buzzing bee

We always take our dog when we visit DH’s family, who are 2.5 and 3 hours away. We usually stop once.

Post # 7
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

We drive out to my in-laws with our dog all the time. The trip takes about 4 hours. We usually stop once.

Post # 8
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I would think that your dog wouldn’t need to stop in that two hour drive but I guess it would depend on your dog and it’s age.

My poms travel to Southern California with us frequently (14 hours drive) and we stop about every 3-4 hours or so. They don’t seem to have any issues with going that length of time.


Post # 9
8331 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t stop at all for a 2 hour drive.

Post # 10
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

When we drive from Florida to Virginia, which is a 13 hour drive we usually stop 4-6 times.  For us and our pom, its less about the potty breaks and more about just getting out of the car and stretching our legs.

For a 2 hour trip 1 stop would probably be plenty.

Post # 11
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wouldn’t stop on a 2 hour drive!

We drove 9 hours and stopped 2-3 times. One of which was at a dog park so he could run and burn off some energy. For a 2 hour drive I would just take him to the dog park/extreme exercise before or after the drive. 

Post # 12
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t stop on a 2 hour drive.

I drove from Dallas to Atlanta with our lab in the back seat (a 13 hour drive).  I didn’t stop any additional time for her.  I only stopped when the car needed gas and/or I had to pee and I’d let her out to go to the bathroom all of those times.  I think we stopped 3 times on the trip.  She just slept in the back seat the whole time.

She is fine all day while I’m at work so why is the car any different.

Post # 13
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldn’t stop at all on a 2 hour drive.

When we go visit my parents, it’s a 6 hour drive. We stop either 0 or 1 times for our dogs.

Post # 14
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We don’t stop on a 3 hour drive we frequently take, either with the golden retreiver OR the shi tzu. They typically only go out to pee once every 2-3 hours at home anyway, and in the car they aren’t drinking water whenever they want like they are at home. If we stop for a potty break they go too and that’s about it.

Post # 15
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I took a 5 hour road trip with 2 dogs and didn’t let them out once haha whoops..but they were fine 🙂

Post # 16
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I probably wouldn’t stop at all, and once would be more than enough!

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