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    Good Afternoon Bullie Parents!I was wondering if I could get some advice...Kramer comes home on the 29th (first just let me say YAYYYYYYYYYYY) and he is going to be making a loooonnnggg car ride for his first experience with us (7 hours to be exact.) I know that a lot of people suggest travelling with their crate, but since he isn't crate trained yet, and a crate would never fit in my little car...what do you guys recommend? I just planned on carrying him on my lap since my husband will be driving. How often should I stop to let him take a little stretch/potty break? Should we feed him throughout the drive? I don't want him to have to potty constantly throughout the whole car trip, but he's only 8 weeks so I know he'll need to eat at least twice. What do you guys think? I want to make this the least painful for him that I can.
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    original post edited
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    Default Re: Long Car Rides

    Honestly, I would get a small carrier (maybe a cat carrier) to keep in the car just in case. We had an hour drive home with Penny & she rode on my lap. She was all over the place...trying to climb over the console, climbing all over me, etc. I thought she would sleep, but I think there was just too much going on for her to relax. He might cry for a little in the carrier, but hopefully go to sleep & not potty on you, too!

    I'd say you need a break every hour or so. Might be a long trip for you guys!

    Good Luck! I'm sure you can't wait!

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    I agree with @MissPennyLue at 8wks u can get a small carrier they only need room to turn around. It will also help the him feel more secure and CONGRATS on the new baby

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    Default Re: Long Car Rides

    a cat carrier is perfect...both times i've picked my 2 up i've put them in one...one rode in my bf lap for a hour or so then we put him in the crate...the other i was by myself and he was in the crate the whole time....and you may need more than 2 potty breaks in a seven hour ride...at 8 months it may be every 2 hours or so....they really can't hold it long

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    Thanks guys! I don't want him to feel like he's being punished by putting him in the carrier, should I put him in there if he gets antsy on my lap or the whole time?

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    I would do whatever you are comfortable with. He might do really well on your lap, you never know! But, it would be nice to have a back up in case you need it. I don't think it would be punishment. Maybe put a soft blanket in it & a toy. He'll be fine & don't feel bad if you would need to crate him. You're already such a good bully parent!

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    Id put him in there rite away but make it a happy thing. Put one of ur shirts in there that u have worn that could help as well goodluck

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    I bread one litter, a gentleman drove 7 hours to pick up his puppy. He had a crate. He got about two hours away, called me and said he didn't know what to do, his pup was crying like crazy. I even sent a stuff-less toy along that I had kept with his litter for a couple of days. Of course it was in January and cold, but i told him to pull over, stick him inside your coat and bond with him. They've been inseparable ever since. He even takes him along to work. Nice story. What ever you decide, your going to love your new baby.
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    Thank you so much for the advice guys. I called my aunt and arranged to borrow her little dog crate. I'll bring some of his toys and his little blanket I got him to comfort him if we do need to put him in the crate. I can't imagine letting him go for even ten minutes, but you guys are right...I should have a back up plan just in case! I'm so anxious to get him, I hope that we don't traumatize him with the car ride our first day!

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    Oh, i can feeeeeelllll your excitement about bringing little Kramer home! that's just a few days away

    Good luck and have fun with your new baby!

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    Thank you so much!! I'll post tons of pictures as soon as we get him to share him with all of you!!

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