There’s a lot of things to consider when you have your canine friend in tow to your trips. Say goodbye to constant anxiety about the well-being of your pet back at home.
Before you hit the road, make sure your pup is prepared for the adventure and enjoy your trips with these tips for a smooth and fun adventure with your dog.
#1: Ensure your dog’s safety.
To start your trip right, you need to focus on your dog’s safety as well as yours. First, you gather the right equipment to buckle up your four-legged friend. Crates, booster seat, carriers, or car harnesses can do the trick. Not only will your dog be safer in the event of an accident or sudden stop, but you’ll be less distracted while you’re driving.
Make sure to use a recommended and safety-certified crate to ease the worries from your mind. Also, it is better to bring a safety restraint; especially in some places, a seat belt is mandatory.
#2: Pack your dog’s essentials.
Dogs need their own travel bags. Take the time to pack their things. Here’s a list you can check to make sure that you will get everything right.
- Water/ Food Bowl
- Travel Kennel or Crate
- Your dog’s regular food
- Poop Bags
- Tags, a collar, and a leash
- Bags to pick up waste
- Medical records
- Grooming supplies
- Dog Bed
- Favorite chew toys
Bringing special items for your dog’s comfort can be a game changer for your future adventures. It can range from solid and compact carrier, a special roll-up pet bed to collapsible bowls for food and water. The good news is there are websites, like DogLab, that provide a comprehensive list of reviews of dog travel-ready essentials for us, fur parents, and here’s a quick tip too: Don’t forget to bring your dog’s first aid kit. In the event of an accident and illness, you need to be prepared to have the right medication.
You can also travel with your dogs without a hitch when you have special treats in hand. You may easily get rid of your dog’s restlessness to prevent any unnecessary problems.
#3: Remember to bring your pet’s documents.
Never travel without your dog’s proper identification. Bring your pet’s documents which include:
- Medical documents:
- Rabies vaccinations records
- Health issues records
- Prescription to medications
- Microchip number (if applicable)
- Medical insurance information
Some countries require a Certificate Of Good Health for pets. You can get this from your veterinary hospital. For airplane trips, you need to do your homework. Check for rules and restrictions regarding animals.
#4: Consult first your dog’s vet.
Check your vet first for your dog’s consultation before hitting the road. Make sure your dog is healthy enough to travel. Of course, for air travels, you need to present a health certificate and proof of vaccination, which you can both get from a vet.
While you’re in your dog’s vet, take the time to ask for a prescription of medication. Motion sickness can nonetheless occur unexpectedly in any kind of vehicle (boats, trains, planes, cars, etc.) — especially during very long rides. Also, anxiety and diarrhea medicines might come handy when the situation arises.
#5: Check the weather beforehand.
It’s not surprising. Good weather indicates better adventures. Make sure to take the weather into consideration when planning the dates and the path of your journey.
#6: Search for pet-friendly accommodations.
You guessed it: not all hotels are pet-friendly. Plan ahead and book accommodations. It will take some effort to find a dog-friendly location. Once you do, make sure you can follow all the rules.
Check out these websites for other pet-friendly accommodations:
#7: Do a practice run.
When you’re new in traveling with your dog, the best thing to do is test the waters. Take a 2-4 hour test drive to see how your dog will react. You can gauge whether they will have motion sickness, or be anxious and agitated.
#8: Plan your rest stops
Map carefully your rest stops for a smoother ride with your dog. Feed and take your dog for a walk to get rid of its restlessness. Of course, every break also means bathroom time.