You love your dog more than anything, and you would love nothing more than to take him on vacation with you. Whether you are going on a camping excursion or you are going on a beachside getaway, you are going to want to make sure that you make the right arrangements and take the necessary precautions to ensure your dog’s safety and happiness on your trip.
To ensure a successful trip for everyone, here is a look at some helpful traveling tips for you and your pup.
Crating Your Dog
If you are going to be flying, you are going to need to crate your dog. Crating may seem like a scary and impersonal option, but it is the only way to ensure that he and passengers remain safe during the flight. And, though it may be difficult to believe, dogs actually find a lot of comfort in a crate.
If your dog is not used to being crated, introduce it to him well in advance of your trip. This will help him get adjusted and ensure that he is ready for his big travel day.
Use a Seat Belt
If you are going to be traveling by car, make sure you have a seat belt for your dog. You can purchase a device that holds your dog in, kind of like a soft crate, and it secures to the seat of the car.
This tool will ensure your dog stays securely fastened to the seat and won’t go flying about, should you stop short or run into any hazardous conditions while you are driving.
You always want to make sure that your dog has access to fresh water when you are traveling. Fill a thermos with ice cold water and a bowl. Fill the bowl with water from the thermos every hour or so, so that he can enjoy a nice, refreshing sip of water.
Just like you need to get out and stretch your legs when you are traveling, so does your dog. Make sure you schedule regular breaks for your pooch. Take him on a walk so that he can get out and move around, and also so that he can relieve himself. Make sure you bring baggies so that you can clean up after him!
You also want to make sure that you bring plenty of food for your dog to munch on. Don’t overfeed him, but you do want to make sure that you bring food and treats along. Feed him just like you would at home.
Make sure you book a hotel or any other type of accommodations that permit dogs. The last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination and find that dogs are not allowed! Make sure that you know any fees that are associated with your dog’s stay, and what the hotel, motel, or camp site requires for your dog to stay (vaccinations, paperwork, etc.)
Bring Medications Along
If your dog takes any medications, make sure you bring them along with you. You definitely don’t want your dog to end up getting sick while you are on your trip!
Schedule an Appointment with Your Vet
Prior to taking your trip, make sure you take your dog in for a routine exam with his vet. You veterinarian will be able to determine if there are any pressing health issues that would prevent your dog from traveling safely.
Keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to ensure that you and your canine companion have an awesome traveling experience together.