If you’re a dog owner and also travel a lot, then you’re no stranger to the situation.
Dogs love to be around their owners and stay close to them as much as possible. Whenever you leave for work or for a business trip, they automatically get sad. Well, now there’s a way to not make them feel sad and lonely.
These days, many people are taking their dogs with them for vacations or just for traveling. You can too!
We’re providing 12 easy tips that you can follow to make this transition easier and fun for both of you. Let’s get right to it.
1. Take A Test Drive
First thing’s first, and this is a very vital tip, you need to go for a test drive.
Before embarking on a journey that will be both exciting and challenging, you need to make sure your pup can handle the long hours.
Go for a 2-4 hour test drive. Observe how they react to the increased hour. If your dog shows no sign of agitation, anxiousness, motion sickness or restlessness, you’re good to go.
It’s important that they stay calm and collected during the whole trip. If they are not, then rather than making them feel miserable throughout the long trip, it’s best to leave them back home.
2. Medications And Food
The next vital tip is packing medications and proper nutritious food. It’s best not to take any chances when it comes to food and medications when you’re traveling with your tyke.
If your dog is on medications, then it’s best to refill them before taking the trip. For food, it’s also essential you pack enough food that will last your trip.
Take a few day’s worths of extra food, just in case. It will help if your dog is on a specific diet.
Make sure that your pet is safe for traveling. This is especially important if your pet has a preexisting condition you’re aware of and needs medication for comfort on the road.
3. Accessories And Doggy Essentials
This is specifically for those who are looking for an outdoor escapade with your pup. Here is a list of things you might consider taking with your:
- Doggy Boots – For harsh trails and cold seasons, boots are what’s going to protect your dog’s paws.
- Brushes – A new environment or a climate change may cause your dog to shed more than usual.
- LED Collar Light – This will help you in the dark, or at night. Also, instant backup light. Perfect for outdoor use.
- Hiking Packs – This pack will enable your dog to carry some stuff with him. For instance, his own food and water.
- Bowls – You’re going to need something to feed your dog in, there are some great bowls you can buy for road trips, that will be easy to pack and clean.
- First Aid Kit – It’s important to carry this kit with you in case of emergencies or accidental cuts and bruises.
- Jackets, blankets – On cold weather, a jacket or blanket will keep your pup warm. It’s going to help a lot if they get anxious.
- Tent for two – Obviously, your dog won’t sleep outside, they’ll be exposed to other animals or unexpected weather conditions. Get a tent that’ll fit both of you.
- Extra Collar – You can never be too careful. If you lose or misplace one an extra collar will come in handy.
Dogs have a certain pattern of habits. It’ll help them relax if they have the things these habits are associated with during traveling. For instance, their favorite blankets or toys.
4. Dog-Friendly Hotels
Not all hotels, motels or lodgings allow dogs. They’re very hard to find but not entirely impossible.
Make sure to check for the hotel’s policies, extra fees, and the surrounding area when you’re picking booking hotel. Sometimes, many hotels don’t have nearby stores, or they charge more than they should.
Keep an eye out and research properly about the hotels. Your dog needs to rest and stretch their legs as well. After all, it’s a vacation for them too!
5. Traveling Apps To Make Life Easier
With the advancement of technology now you can find out everything with the touch of a few clicks. There are some great apps developed to help those who travel with their furry companion. Here’s a list of a few apps you can use:
- Bring Fido – This app helps you find dog-friendly hotels, stores, parks, restaurants, and even beaches.
- Dog Park Finder Plus – An app that helps you locate nearby dog parks. It’s great when you’re traveling and your dog needs a breather.
- Red Cross Pet First Aid – The most vital app of all. This will help you find the nearby veterinarian.
- Dog Vacay – This app will narrow down dog-friendly or pet-friendly events or outdoor activities that are taking place wherever you’re traveling to.
6. Comfort Zone And Safety
The many places you’ll visit might frighten your tyke or make him feel uneasy.You need to go be patient with your dog’s ability to adjust with the new places. Their comfort here is very important. Disregarding this may cause them to react in a different way than usual.
Also, new smells, sounds, people and places also play a big part in your dog’s comfort levels. Don’t expose your dog to everything all at once, take things slow and see how it goes at first.
Make sure to tag your dog’s collar with an address and that they’re wearing them at all times. This will help when and if your dog gets lost during your trip. People who’ll find them can bring them to you.
7.Breaks Are Important!
Breaks are very important when you’re traveling with a dog. Being cooped up in a car for hours on end will make them restless. Not to mention, you’ll have to stop eventually for their many bathroom breaks and food stops.
Give your dog a break, help him not to feel anxious and jittery. You can pin these stops on your map to remind you to stop every now and then to keep your dog calm and relaxed.
Like I said before, technology has advanced a great deal. Make good use of them!
8. Puppy Pads
You’ll need these whether your dog is a seasoned traveler or a newbie when it comes to long road trips. You can use these pads to line your dog’s crates, car floors, seats in case of accidents.
It will help you to clean up easily without having the mess getting spread around too much. It’s a win-win situation.
Once you arrive at your destination, all that’s left to do is to unpack your and your dog’s essentials and relax.
Help your dog settle in by surrounding them with their favorite blankets and toys. They’ll explore around themselves and fit right in no time.
We hope our tips will make your and your dog’s journey a bit less hectic and stressful. So, plan a trip, have fun and make great memories with your furry best friend!