Finally, an opportunity for a well-earned vacation arrives and of course it is absolutely out of the question that your dog should come along on the trip! But for your trip to be successful and hassle-free, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before vacationing with your four-legged buddy.
The first thing you need to do is to bring your dog to the vet for a check up to ensure that he is fit and healthy enough to go on a trip. Also ask for advice from your vet in case your dog is uncomfortable or tends to throw up in the car. If this is the case and you are not for medicating your dog, then you can try natural calming remedies such as Lavender oil which is said to help dogs relax. Also make sure to pack his health certificates as proof that he is fully vaccinated. Other important things to note are food, brush, collar, etc. You can click here to learn more. If all is well, then it’s time to pack!
Dogs have a lot of needs, and you need to make sure that you pack all of his necessities aside from your own. These include his food bowls, toys, leashes, dog food, plenty of water, blankets, and medicine if he needs it. Also do not forget to keep poop bags on hand, as your dog would need to relieve himself sometime during the trip. Make sure that your dog has proper identification like a tag or micro-chipping, just in case of an unfortunate accident of the both of you being separated.
If you plan on riding in a car, then make sure that your car is safe for your dog. Dog harnesses, seat belts or even travel crates can be beneficial for these trips, as they can prevent your dog from flailing around in the car, thus preventing serious injury. Long car trips can be tiring and boring, so stopping every now and then would help everybody in the car, including your dog, to recharge and stretch their legs. This would also give your dog a chance to drink lots of water to battle heat stroke, and also to eliminate (don’t forget to clean up after him!).
Teaching your dog basic obedience would also be good for both of you, especially on a trip. In case your dog gets loose, a simple “come” command can prevent your dog from getting lost or getting hit by a car. Basic obedience will also help other people around you to be comfortable around your dog, because they’d be able to see that he is well-behaved and that you can control him. Aside from all of these, a trained dog is less likely to be rowdy in the car, and rowdy dogs can cause serious accidents. So make sure you know how to calm your dog down once inside a vehicle.
Next thing to do is to choose a good pet-friendly hotel, or safe camping grounds when travelling with your dog. Are you going to the beach? Then bring a doggy life vest, and make sure you provide him with plenty of water. The best way to enjoy a trip with your dog is to plan everything ahead of time. That way, things will go smoothly and stress-free.