5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Entertained on a Long Car Trip

It's not a good idea to let your dog ride in the front seat. It's also not a good idea to have your eight-year-old son do the driving. See more pet pictures.
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­So you've decided to hit the highways for a good old-fashioned family road trip. Why fly when you can pack the wife and kids into the family truckster and visit every oddball roadside attraction along the way? Aside from forcing your family to suffer through off-ramp eccentricities, road tripping can be a great way to see the country. It can bring families closer together and a­lso allows you the opportunity to take the furr­y members of your clan along with you.

­Taking your pets along on a road trip is a great way to avoid the trauma and expense of boarding your dogs or cats. But traveling long distances in a car isn't so easy for all animals. Experts suggest taking your pets on shorter trips first to get them accustomed to traveling in a car. There's also the matter of keeping your pet entertained along the way. The idea of a "Travels with Charley" kind of experience may seem idyllic at first, but you may find that your dog or cat has the patience of your toddler when it comes to being cooped up for eight hours a day.

We've compiled a list of five things you can do to help pass the time and keep your pet from feeling like it's in a rolling kennel. Use these tips, whether you're alone with your pet or with your family, and you'll have an easier time navigating the highways and byways.