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Planning a road trip with Rover? Even the most enthusiastic traveler can become agitated and anxious on a very long ride. Here are some suggestions for making car travel safe and pleasant for you and your dog:

* Watch the
Even with the air conditioning on, a dog riding in the back of a van can become overheated from direct sunlight shining into the vehicle. Sun
shades will reflect heat and keep your traveling companion cool. And small battery-operated fans attached to the dog's crate will keep the air moving.

* Remember to never leave your dog in a closed car. It can take just minutes for the temperature to rise enough to kill an animal.

* Help your
dog relax
. If your dog becomes anxious, a calming product, like Pluto Pet's Pet Calming Spray (or just give his favorite treats and bring his favorite blanket and toy!), may help relieve his fear, nervousness and aggression. Made from natural ingredients, the spray acts quickly, causes no side effects and meets all Food and Drug Administration guidelines for good manufacturing practices.

*Avoid tranquilizers, which can lower the animal's blood pressure and make the dog more prone to heat-related medical emergencies.

* Keep the
dog contained.
Your travel companion should either be in a crate or restrained by a seatbelt made especially for animals. Dogs riding unrestrained in a car can be dangerous to themselves, the humans riding with them and other motorists.

* Make two tags: one with your home address and another with the destination address in case the dog gets lost while on the road. You should also have your dog's rabies tag and certificate and medical records.

* Pack a doggie bag. Your dog will appreciate some familiar things from home - a favorite blanket, for instance, and some toys. Bringing drinking water and food from home will help avoid stomach upset. And don't forget the cleanup supplies, because accidents happen.

* If your dog is territorial and you spend a night in a motel, keep the curtains drawn so the dog won't feel the need to protect his new turf from everyone who walks by your windows.

* Have fun! A trip together can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog.

A small to medium sized dog, the beagle weighs between 20-28 lbs and is 12" to 16" in height. Sometimes referred to as the English Beagle, this breed is energetic, friendly and loyal both as a family companion and hunting dog.

Coat colors accepted by the AKC are orange and white, lemon and
white, red and white or tri-colored. Black, white and tan tri-colored coats are the most common. Their medium length coat is smooth, hard and close. It requires minimal brushing and only needs washing occasionally. 

Friendly, loyal, loving and playful are all qualities that make them excellent family pets. Homes
with other dogs, pets and children can all welcome the Beagle as part of the
family. They require minimal socialization and actually enjoy the companionship
of other pets and their family. A very energetic breed, the beagle needs a home
that will give them plenty of play time, exercise and regular walks. When
outside they should be in a fenced in yard and a leash should be used for walks
as they have a tendency to explore and follow scents. They make good watchdogs
as they will let you know if someone is at the door by barking, but they are
naturally friendly with strangers, so don't expect them to be good guard dogs.

Originating in England, this scent hound was bred for hunting rabbits
and quails. They would often hunt in packs or pairs, but can also hunt well
alone as well. They have an excellent sense of smell which makes them good at
tracking and as narcotics dogs. Today they are mainly seen as companion dogs in
the United States, but they are also used as hunting dogs.

A breed with  such a friendly, loving nature is perfect for just about any family dynamic.
Because of their high energy level and need for regular exercise, they work best
with active families or those that have a yard where they can have plenty of
time to roam and run. If you are looking for an affectionate breed that enjoys
family companionship and loves to play, then the Beagle is the perfect dog for

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