Going on holidays with your pet can be stressful if your pet is not used to travelling for long distances and staying in unfamiliar places. It is best to be prepared and plan ahead for the trip and the stay to be a stress-free experience for everyone. Here are 9 things we recommend you do before leaving the house.
- First and foremost, make sure your accommodation is pet-friendly – not all places welcome our four legged friends. You might also need to pay extra for your dog to stay with you.
- Whether you are driving or travelling by plane or train, prepare the journey: you might need to book in advance for your dog to be able to come along. If your dog is travelling in a pet carrier, don’t forget to put a tag with your name on it.
- Pack some food and water for the trip – you can find some special travel containers adapted for your dog to drink and eat without making a mess.
- Restrain your dog in a carrier or with a dog harness to prevent any risk of injury if there is an accident. A mobile bed can be preferred over a sturdy carrier as it can also be used as a bed once arrived at your destination. Our dog trainers can help you crate training your four legged friend.
- Bring some toys for your dog to pass the time during the trip. This might also help to reduce anxiety due to travelling.
- Plan regular stops for your pet to stretch, drink and eat, and have bathroom breaks.
- Don’t forget to bring a first aid kit and any medicine your dog could need, such as motion sickness pills. Make sure to have your vet’s info in case of an emergency.
- Pack your dog’s ID tag and his leash to go for a walk during breaks. There are more risks for your dog to try to run away in unknown places, so be extra careful and don’t let him out of your sight.
- Last but not least, don’t leave your dog alone in the parked car.
For more detailed advice on holidays with dogs, contact us today!