Gone are the days when a good vacation meant leaving your pup at home. These days, we’re all about traveling with our four-legged friends! Now that taking your dog on vacation has become a more popular concept, here are some tips to make sure your trip together is stress-free and full of lots of fun. So grab your pup and get ready to plan the trip of a lifetime!
1. Preparing for Stress-Free Travel with Your Dog
Lugging along four legged family members on a rendezvous? Preparing for a stress free adventure — with your pup in tow — doesn’t have to be complicated. From items to consider to packing the right travel accessories, here’s what to know before venturing off on an interstate or global jaunt.
- Vet Visits: Have proof from your vet of current vaccinations and recent exams. Your pooch needs a clearance from certain countries for entry and health documents may be requested at any point during passport checks.
- Packing Curb to Curb: Slip a leash and harness in your bag; choose from a four-legged friendly array of colors and patterns. Have food and water, a collapsible bowl, favorite toys, treats, and poop bags.
Some airlines require a comfy home away from your canine’s home for flights. Find an escape-proof enclosure without handles for the car that’s big enough for your pet to move around and stretch out. When hitting the highways think, “travel light” and remember open air always trump pricey kennels. No matter where you’re off to, planning in advance can save precious time and possibly break unnecessary stress.
2. Essential Supplies for Vacationing With Fido
Vacations with your fur-baby can be a fun and rewarding experience. However, it’s important to come prepared and bring along the essential supplies for yourself and Fido. Here are essential items you’ll need for a smooth, stress-free vacation.
- Leash, collar, and harness: No matter the size or breed of your pet, a leash, collar, and harness are a must. Make sure your pet’s collar is properly fitted and contain your contact information.
- Food and treats: It’s important to bring your pet’s preferred food to avoid stomach sensitivities and to maintain regular eating habits. Don’t forget healthy treats as well!
Apart from the basics, there are certain items that may come in handy during your vacation. For example, bringing along a portable water bowl can help keep your pup hydrated while on the go. It’s also wise to bring along a first aid kit in case of emergency. And let’s not forget a few toys to keep your furry companion entertained!
3. Navigating the Great Outdoors With Your Canine Companion
The outdoors represents a world of adventure, and for you and your canine companion, the possibilities are seemingly endless! Whether you’re a nature lover, sport enthusiast, or love spending time with your pup, there are a few key tips you should keep in mind when navigating the wilderness.
When adventuring with your canine, it is important to be prepared. Bring plenty of water, treats, and a first-aid kit for any potential injuries. Bring a blanket or mat for your pup to rest on, and gear for you both, such as a leash, harness, and booties for your furry friend. Don’t forget to bring eyewear, a hat, and sunblock for yourself as well.
- Check the weather and plan accordingly.
- Learn the area – if you are unfamiliar with the area, maps, and navigation like a GPS or app come in handy.
- Familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations.
4. Making Sure Your Dog Enjoys the Journey
Creating a Comfortable Space
Taking your four-legged best friend on a car ride? Make sure you bring items to make their journey more comfortable, such as a blanket, their favorite toy or chew and some treats. Before the car ride, let your pet familiarize themselves with the car and the journey, and get comfortable with it. You may also want to bring a few of their essentials with you like a water bowl, wipes, and food if you plan on taking a long ride.
Making It an Enjoyable Ride
Keep your pup’s journey stress-free by having eye-catching items and treats ready. Playing fun familiar music at a low volume in the background can help them relax, as well. During the journey, allow them some breaks to enjoy the scenery and play – you know your pup best and what activities they enjoy, so make sure to bring along some of their favorite games and activities.
Done right, your pup will love their car journey and look forward to it each time!
Traveling with your four-legged friend doesn’t have to be a hassle. With a little planning and preparation, you and your pup can hit the road together for stress-free vacations and happy memories that will last a lifetime. Bon voyage!