Do you need some Tips & Tricks To Travel With Your Dog? As the seasons are changing and holidays fast approaching travel plans are on the rise. Many pet parents are faced with the dilemma of what to do with their best friend while they travel. Do they leave their beloved dog at home and have someone come and check on them, do they board them or do they take them with them? It can be stressful trying to travel with your dog.
However, with these 7 tips & tricks to travel with your dog you will find that traveling with your best friend is much more rewarding then leaving them behind.
7 Tips & Tricks To Travel With Your Dog
Tip 1 – Research
Before you make arrangements, do your research. This is one of the most important things that cannot be skipped in our 7 tips & tricks to travel with your dog. Check and make sure that your hotel is pet friendly and what their deposits may or may or not be required. It is a good idea to look for hotels that do not require a pet deposit. Oftentimes hotels require a pet deposit per night.
Pay close attention to this as these can create a large expense quite quickly. Hotels also may have specific rules as to if pets may be left in the room or not. It is also important to research your location of travel. It is also important to research your desired location to ensure they have pet friendly activities for you and your dog. A great app you can use for this is Bring Fido, which was created to help locate hotels, restaurants and attractions that are pet friendly.
Tip 2 – Make copies of pet records
Keeping multiple copies of your pets records can come in handy in the event of an emergency. In addition to needing to provide pet records to the hotel if required you may need this information for international travel as well. In the event of an emergency with your dog you would also be able to provide proof of shot records and a local vet with valuable information in regards to the care of your dog.
A great app to have on hand is Pet First Aid, an app created by the American Red Cross that will help you locate the nearest animal emergency center and provides instructions for many common pet emergencies.
Tip 3 – Bring a carrier
Make sure you bring a pet carrier or their crate. Depending on the size of your dog and your type of travel a carrier may already be on your radar. Many airlines require pets to be transported in a carrier in the cabin. A soft carrier may be suitable however if they are in the cargo hold you will want to make sure you have a sturdy carrier. It is also important to ensure all rules and regulations are met.
If you are traveling by car it is still very important to have a pet carrier or crate that can allow them to feel comfortable in the vehicle. It is also important to make sure that your dog feels comfortable where you are staying and they have a safe place to sleep. Make sure the carrier or crate is padded and add your dog’s favorite toy and/or blanket to make them comfortable. You may also want to add a shirt of yours with your scent on it to create maximum comfort.
Tip 4 – Don’t forget to pack your dog’s bag
It is important to pack a specific bag for your dog. Having a separate bag just for your beloved pooch ensures that you can easily find all the items they may need and that everything has been packed. This is also a great location to store the copies of your dog’s records as well. The following are items you may want to pack:
- Collapsible food and water dishes
- Plenty of dog food
- Leash and harness
- Grooming supplies
- Waste disposal bags
- Any medication your dog may be taking
Tip 5 – Make frequent stops
Not only is it important to allow for them to go for a potty break but it provides a great time to check and make sure they are still comfortable. Planning pet accessible spots will make this easier. In addition this is a great time to allow your dog to move around freely and get much needed exercise during a long journey.
It is important to keep outside toys easily accessible. In addition search for local dog parks to allow for your dog to socialize with others as well. Taking these measures will help allow your dog to release any pent up energy and relax and sleep the rest of the journey.
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Tip 6 – Make sure your dog is trained
Even if it is a basic command such as “sit” and “stay” having a well trained dog will make all traveling easier. If your dog must be left in a hotel room for a couple of hours you need not worry about your dog creating damages. This is also important when it comes to barking. If you’re staying in a hotel you do not want to have your neighbors complaining to the front desk. It is also more likely that people and locations will be more willing to allow your dog access if they have good behavior.
Tip 7 – Greet people
Being polite and showing kindness to others can go a long way. Oftentimes people who are dog fans are willing to exchange conversation from tips and tricks to great locations to take your dog. Locals can share great advice on the local area. This is also a great opportunity that if they have dogs that you may be able to arrange social playdates for your dog and theirs. This can enhance and enrich both your dog and your experiences while on vacation.
No matter if you are traveling by car or plane it is important to remember these 7 Tips & Tricks to travel with your beloved dog.
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