Going on vacation with your dog can be divided into 6 steps: 3 things to consider before traveling and 3 while tanning.
1. What is The Best For Your Dog?
If you want to vacation with your dog as part of the family, researching where you will be staying should be the highest of your priorities. The happiness and well-being of your dog should be centered in her vacation plans. All of the “dog-friendly” ads on the myriad of websites you come across may not always hint at the real reality that you will eventually encounter.
It is essential to always call in advance before any reservation to confirm your pet policy and if it really fits your requirements. You can discuss any questions you may have that specifically relate to your dog’s needs, which can be discussed with the hotel owner. You can get a feel for how “dog friendly” they really are before you commit. Do they have dogs themselves?
2. Visit The Vet Before Traveling.
A general health check of your dog is essential before going on vacation. In fact, it is recommended only once at least once a year. Ensuring this visit to the vet before a trip is extremely important, as your dog could come into contact with other dogs that may be carriers of some type of pest. Staying up-to-date on your pet’s treatments and vaccinations will go a long way toward keeping her happy and healthy.
It is highly recommended that you get your dog microchipped (if you haven’t already). The cost ranges from £ 10 to £ 40 at a veterinary practice, or if you live near a Dogs Trust, you can have the procedure done for free. Pet insurance is also another good idea to consider. If your dog sadly gets sick, you won’t have to pay out of pocket.
3. Plan Your Itinerary in Detail Before Departure.
When you find dog friendly accommodation, that’s just the beginning of your task. Next comes filling in the blanks to reveal the larger image. While you are still sitting at your kitchen table, make a list of the places you intend to visit and the things you are going to do. Research is the key. Be aware of all the restaurants and coffee shops that cater to your canine friend. Here, Internet resources are the key to making your life easier. Making a list of everything your dog will need is the next step.
Essential items you will need, such as: leash, food and water bowl, collar, dog waste bags, dog tags, bed, shampoo, and an old towel; All of these things are obvious but are worth noting. It may not be the end of the world to buy the things you forget to pack, but there are some vital things that you don’t forget. These will include a photograph of your dog and any medications he is taking. Write all this in your diary and you can enjoy your vacations without worries. Preparation and organization will be the reason for your successful trip.
While on vacation with your dog
4. Traveling With Your Dog
Whether traveling by car or bus, make sure your dog is acclimated to the experience before you set off. If your dog is not used to long trips, take him on shorter trips to prepare for the day of the trip. Safety is paramount in all cases. For the sake of your dog and yours, they should be insured. A crate can be a good and safe solution because it restricts a dog’s movement and minimizes distraction for the driver.
A dog harness offers an additional travel aid solution. It is highly recommended that dogs stay away from airbags in case of accidents. A comfort stop every two hours is recommended to allow your dog to stretch his legs. For those delicate dogs that may suffer from motion sickness, it would be wise to keep the remedies in the car. (this is another good item to write on your inventory list) and avoid feeding them close to travel time.
5. Home Away From Home, For Your Dog
A familiarization walk is recommended as soon as you arrive at your vacation destination. A long and pleasant walk will allow your dog to quickly get used to his new surroundings. Exercise will help de-stress and tire them after a long car / bus ride. Try not to leave your dog alone for long periods of time. This can really unsettle animals. Left alone, feelings of confusion can lead them to fear the worst. This can lead to frantic scratches and furniture destruction, which could end up being costly.
6. Be Attentive To The Safety of Your Dog
Having arrived safely and started enjoying your vacation, you’ve had time to unpack and your dog has fully acclimatized. At this point, it becomes very easy to disconnect from those potential dangers around the corner as you start to slide into vacation mode. Constant vigilance regarding your dog’s safety should always be at the forefront of your mind.
Remember, never be complacent or naive just because you’ve left normal life behind for a few weeks. Most dog breeds adapt extremely quickly to any new environment. Drastically changing your routine can also have a disturbing effect. Your puppy’s favorite toy or blanket can serve as a reminder of home and provide enough distraction to help calm him down in unfamiliar surroundings. It is advisable to keep meal times at approximately the same time as at home.