Make Traveling Fun For Your Dog – 10 Vital Tips When Traveling With Your Dog

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Bringing your dog along on a family trip or a vacation can be a lot of fun and provides you with some additional activities to do.

But before you make the decision to take Rover on the road, you need to understand that cars aren’t exactly created for dogs. The trip can be an awful experience for them if you don’t consider their feelings or prepare for it properly.

To make the trip comfortable and fun for both you and your doggy. Here are some tips that you need to remember before you head out.

Get your dog checked by your vet

Before making any decision to take your dog on the trip, it’s important that you check with your vet if your dog is fit to travel. Remember that every dog is different and taking them on a trip may make them miserable.

You also need to bear in mind that dogs that are pregnant or sick are not supposed to travel. You should also evaluate your decision from your dog’s point of view. Does your dog enjoy car rides or do they get motion sickness? Will the trip be fun for them or will it cause them emotional distress?

Ask your hotel first

There are certain hotels or inns that may not allow pets in their facilities. Before hitting the road, make sure that the place you’ll be staying at allows or has the necessary facilities for pets. At the hotel, please do read their guidelines and follow their rules accordingly.

Keep your dog in a crate

If you’re going to be traveling on a car for long hours then please keep your canine buddy on a crate. Putting them inside a crate can be much more comfortable and secure experience for them rather than just letting them sit in the car.

Never ever leave your dog inside the car

This is very important. Your dog can suffer and even die if they are left in the car alone. There are thousands of cases where dogs die due to heat stroke because they were left by their owners in the car.

Let your dog eat early

To prevent motion sickness, please let your dog eat earlier. Don’t feed your dog a few hours before the trip. We also suggest that you take them for walks several hours before the trip to get them to drink water and relieve themselves. Exercising your dog before the trip can also help them to feel more inclined to relax during the drive.

Have plenty of stops

Multiple rest stops will help lessen the stress on your dog during the trip. Allow your dog to drink water, walk around or even relieve themselves for 15 – 30 minutes before you continue the trip. We suggest that you take rest stops every 3 – 4 hours.

Make use of a window shade and air-conditioning

To help keep your dog cool during the drive, we suggest that you make use of a window shade for the windows at the back and at the side of your car. We also suggest that you make use of your car’s air-conditioning.

Make the drive fun for your canine buddy

When driving with your dog, make sure that you keep reassuring them and making the experience more fun. You can talk to them during the drive and even take some stops just to pet them. Making the trip fun for your dog will help future trips to go more smoothly.

Don’t travel alone

As much as possible, bring someone else on the trip to accompany your dog and to help you with everything else.

Dog tags are important

When you’re traveling with your dog please do attach a tag on your dog’s collar with the address of the place you’ll be staying and your number. It’s also recommended that you bring your dog’s medical records just in case of emergencies.

As you can see, it is possible to bring your dogs on a trip just remember to consult your vet first and consider your pet’s feelings as well. If your dog has never ridden a car before do a test run to see how your dog would react. If you don’t think that your dog will be comfortable throughout the trip then don’t force it. You can leave your furry buddy temporarily with other relatives or maybe hire a sitter while you’re away.

Written by Kaye

Kaye

Kaye is a traveler by heart and she doesn’t leave without her partner in crime, her travel pillow. Kaye is also into the arts and crafts hobby and loves embroidery and knitting. She will be sharing traveling tips to help you get the most out of your journey.

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