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While letting the dogs out at gas stations is fine in a pinch, there’s rarely a suitable area for them to stretch, and the chaos of multiple vehicles going in multiple directions is a bit nerve racking. We prefer rest stops when possible. Here’s why.
We’re not saying don’t use the gas station for doggie breaks. Do what you have to. However, if you are going to be on the highway anyway, consider incorporating the public rest areas as a way to make the trip more appealing for your pets. You can stop for a family sandwich break / picnic while the dogs have a drink and some food as well. If you’re able to travel with at least one other adult, facility switch-off with the pets becomes much easier as one person can exercise them while the other grabs a local map and fills up the water bottle. These rest areas are free to the public, and a hit with our dogs.
Even though most canines love a good road cruise, they need to get out and stretch their legs periodically. The longer the trip, the more important it is. Public rest areas are coming with more and more amenities these days, including off-leash play areas, Wi-Fi and increased picnic facilities. So try a few out on your next doggie drive.