As a dog owner, you have two choices when you go on holiday somewhere. You can have someone look after your pooch while you’re away, such as a friend or a boarding kennel. Or you can take your dog with you! If your destination is somewhere dog-friendly, it makes sense to take your canine companion on your travels.
If that’s what you’re planning to do, there are a few things you should bear in mind before you go. Here is what you need to know:
If possible, avoid air travel
It’s no secret that some dogs get anxious when they travel somewhere, even by car. So, you can imagine how stressful they will feel if they have to sit in a crate in the hold of a plane! Depending on your flight type, you might be able to accompany them. Otherwise, you will both get separated.
For older dogs, the anxiety can be too much to bear. If you’re travelling to a domestic location, it makes better sense to go by car. Yes, it might take you longer to do so. But, it means that your dog will have a better journey and not feel as anxious.
Pack your dog’s essential items
Before you set off on your journey, you need to ensure you’ve thought of all the things your dog will need during your trip away from home. Examples include:
Water (for the journey);
Leads and harnesses;
If your dog is quite curious about things, I’d recommend keeping his or her food in a different part of your car, such as in the glovebox.
Make plenty of regular stops
Just like humans, dogs love to have some time to stretch their legs when they’ve been in a car for hours.
It makes sense to plan some rest stops as part of your itinerary so that you can both take a break from the road. I recommend using something like Google Maps to seek out the best places to stop en-route.
And, as with people, your dog will also need regular toilet breaks. Consider stopping at places where both you and your pooch can answer calls of nature!
Check your dog is up-to-date with their vaccinations
Dogs need to have annual booster shots and frequent worming and flea treatments to keep them healthy and strong. As they are curious animals, they love exploring places where they should probably avoid!
Before you both go on holiday, check with your local vet that your dog is up-to-date with all their vaccinations. That way, you’ll have peace of mind and one less thing to worry about when you both travel.
Last, but not least, make sure that you both have fun when you’re away from home! Your pet will love going to places like the beach or long walks in forests or wilderness areas. All dogs like exploring new areas.
One final tip, if your dog usually walks off the lead, it’s a good idea to put one on them when exploring unfamiliar territory.