If you are planning a trip this year, your first concern may be what to do with your dog when you travel. It's something we, as pet parents, all worry about when vacation time rolls around, as is juggling with the anxiety of leaving them behind or taking them with us, which can be exhausting. But wouldn't it be fun to take your dog with you? With so many dog-friendly destinations just waiting to be explored, many pet parents are ditching the dog kennel and hitting the road with their canine friends instead!
So, if you're planning a dog-friendly journey, you're in the right spot. Our blog will guide you on what to do when traveling with your dog, from preparing for your trip to what to do while on the road. You'll also discover useful tips for making the journey as stress-free as possible for you and your hound.
How To Travel with Your Dog
The first step in traveling with your dog is to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations. This is important for their health and because some states require proof of vaccination before allowing dogs to enter.
Your dog should also be microchipped, and their ID tags must be updated with your contact information. This way, they can be easily identified and returned to you if they get lost during your travels.
Things To Pack
Unlike humans, dogs don't require a watch, wallet, spectacles, or passport! However, they need essentials to keep them in their usual tail-wagging condition while traveling.
When packing for a hound holiday, ensure you include things like:
- An extra lead in case your usual one goes missing/gets chewed by certain doggie culprits!
- Portable water bowl to keep your furry friend hydrated at all times.
- Bedding, blankets, and toys to keep them warm and entertained.
- Medication for motion sickness/anxiety if required.
- Dog towel for doggie ablutions while on holiday.
- Poop bags for the necessary dog poop collections!
- Medical records and vaccination certificates in case of illness while away.
- A recent photo of your hound in the event they go missing.
Dog-friendly Rest Stops
Once you've taken care of the necessary doggie admin, it's time to start planning your route. If you're driving, you'll want to map out pet-friendly rest stops where you can take regular breaks and let your dog stretch their legs. It's also a good idea to research hotels willing to accommodate pets. This way, you won't have to worry about finding a dog-friendly place to stay at the last minute.
When traveling with your dog, there are a few things to remember. First, never leave your pet alone in the car, even for a quick errand. The temperature inside a parked car can rise very quickly, which can be dangerous (or even deadly) for dogs. If you're flying, book a direct flight if possible. Layovers can be stressful for dogs, and the last thing you want is for your dog to escape from their carrier in an unfamiliar airport.
The Nervous Canine Traveller
Finally, remember that not all dogs enjoy traveling. If your dog gets anxious or stressed when away from home, it might be best to leave them behind with a trusted friend or family member. This way, you can enjoy your trip without worrying about your pet's well-being. However, if you absolutely have to have your canine with you, your vet can prescribe medication for things like motion sickness and anxiety.
Final Bits n Bobs
We hope this guide has been helpful! Traveling with dogs can be a fun and rewarding experience as long as you're prepared. With a little planning and some common sense, you and your furry friend can enjoy a stress-free vacation.