Dog Travel tips Advice
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stands to reason that from time to time you'll need to go on a trip
away from your home.
And instead of boarding your dog or
leaving him at your house with a friend, you will bring him with
Before you traveling with a dog, you should be prepared
to do a few things that will make the process easier and less
stressful for your pet.
If you do it thoughtfully, you can have a fun time
traveling with your dog and he'll adjust to a different place like a
seasoned road warrior. Read on to find the top dog travel
Make a Dog Travel Kit
Your dog needs a
bag for travel just like you do. To make a dog travel kit, pack a bag with everything
you dog would
need for a day at home: dog food, water, a pet bed or blanket, food
and water bowls, treats, a rawhide or other bone, a can opener (for
canned dog food), dog pick up bags, any medications your dog takes,
a dog brush (if your dog sheds a lot) and two of his favorite toys.
Youíll also want to pack a towel into the dog travel kit for drying
your dog in case he gets wet and a roll of
paper towels in case of any accidents. It is also an excellent idea
to make sure your dog has taken his heartworm preventative and is on
flea/tick prevention before you go on your trip, but of course you
can pack these items into the dog kit too.
Find a Pet Friendly Place
When you first
begin making your travel arrangements, make sure to book your
lodging at pet friendly hotels. Many hotels are pet friendly
nowadays, even some of the more upscale brands like Sheraton or
Westin for example. All La Quinta motels allow dogs - this in one
our favorite places to stay. Check your hotelís pet policy online and call to
confirm. Many hotels say they allow pets on their website, but when
you call, they may tell you that they only allow pets of a certain
size. Make arrangements before you go or just plan on staying in a
universally pet friendly hotel chain.
Making a Home Away from Home
Once you reach
your destination, unpack your dogís bags and make him feel at home.
Being in a strange place is very stressful for your pet, but taking
out some of his things from home will make him feel instantly more
Unpack his toys and food bowls and place his blanket or
bed where it will stay for the duration of your trip. Take some time
to brush your dog or play with your dog. Making your hotel feel like
a home away from home will help your dog adjust to his new
surroundings and make him feel more at ease.
Don't do Fast Food
people are in a rush to eat on the road, fast food is the cuisine of
choice on many car trips. Doing the drive through is also
particularly convenient because you probably donít want to leave
your dog in the car. But just because you are eating fast food,
donít fall into the bad habit of feeding your dog food from your
plate, or bag in this case.
Fast food is extremely greasy and if you
feed it to your dog, he will probably get an upset stomach, gas and
he may even have diarrhea. Your dog will already be a stressed under
the situation and adding new things to his diet wonít help. So,
unless you want to smell something foul from the backseat, keep
those French fries to yourself.
Make Some Pit Stops
When your dog is
riding in the car for long distances, take frequent breaks so your
dog can stretch his legs and use the bathroom if needed. Because
traveling with a dog breaks up his normal routine, his bathroom
routine might also become altered. Remember that if your dog doesnít
get a bathroom break when he needs one, he may have an accident in
the car. Try to be sensitive to your dogís needs and stop about
every two hours for a pit stop.
Establish a Feeding Schedule
regularity are important to your dog. When youíre on the road
together, make sure you feed your dog at the same times you would if
you were at home. Itís easy to slip out of routine when youíre on
vacation, but for your dogís sake, keep his feeding time similar to
what he does at home. Having some regularity in his schedule will
help him adapt to the other changes he will encounter while youíre
Make the Car
Since you and
your dog will be in the car for a while, make sure that the car is
comfortable for your dog to ride in. Put a blanket or a pillow in
the backseat so your dog can bed down when he wants to. Also, if
your dog has a favorite toy, put that in the back with his as well.
It is also very important to keep a few bottles of water in your car
specifically for your dog. Offer your dog water at every stop you
make along your journey.
To Plane or Not
If you are
planning to take a plane ride as part of your trip, we strongly
recommend that you leave your dog at home. Plane rides can be
extremely stressful for dogs and if your dog is too large to be kept
with you in the general seating area, he could get injured or die in
the cargo hold underneath the plane. If you are going away for a few
weeks, just board your dog or hire a pet sitter at home. No matter
how much you may want your pet to be with you, itís not worth
putting his health at risk.
As soon as you
enter your hotel room or wherever youíre staying, your dog will
begin to make it his home and therefore, his territory. Many dogs
that are good watchdogs at home make bad neighbors in hotel rooms
because they naturally bark when they hear unfamiliar sounds and see
strangers out of the window. If your dog acts as a watchdog at home,
be sure to get a room in a quiet area of the hotel and take care to
close all blinds or curtains that view the outside.
Many dogs also
feel itís necessary to ďmarkĒ their territory upon entering a new
place. This behavior is especially embarrassing if youíre staying
with family or friends. Give your dog plenty of time outside before
you bring him inside so he can relieve himself. No matter what else
youíre doing, keep a close eye on your dog during your stay to make
sure he doesnít mark.
Keep a Positive
Attitude and Have a Good Trip
When you begin
your trip, get excited and keep a good attitude throughout your
vacation. Remember that your dog takes his cues from you. If youíre
stressed about being in traffic or driving through heavy rain, your
dog will pick up on those negative emotions. Enjoy your trip away
from home and most likely, your pooch will too!