We have a guest on the blog today. Michelle Brown is here to talk about traveling with your buddy. Let’s give her a warm welcome. Here are her top tips for safe traveling with your dog.
If you’re planning a trip and you’re feeling guilty about leaving your beloved pooch behind, maybe the right decision is to take your dog with you! Imagine how much extra fun your doggo will add to your vacation! Of course, there will be plenty of respawnsibilities too! If you want to be fully prepared, here are some tips that will make your journey pawsitively awesome!
Exercise, exercise, and more exercise!
The first tip is very straightforward. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by car, plane, train or whatever else, you have to tire your pup out before you start the journey. A tired dog is a well-behaved dog! Go out of your way to fit the highest level of physical activity that your pooch can do before leaving, and for the trip, you will have a quiet sleepy pup that won’t have the energy to be troublesome.
Research before heading to your destination!
You have to keep few things in mind before just boarding your dog on a plane and arriving at an abroad destination. Some research is needed beforehand. One of the most important things that you need to research are the hotels and the area that you plan to stay in.
Make sure you pick out a nice dog-friendly place where your dog will feel welcome. Another essential thing is to be aware of any veterinary hospitals or services in the vicinity of the site that you will be staying at, in case there are any emergencies! It’s better to be prepared and not need it, than the other way around. Additionally, knowing dog-friendly restaurants in the area, doggie parks and attractions that allow dogs on-site can also be pretty helpful.
Be ready for motion sickness!
Like humans, dogs can also get sick during car and plane rides. To avoid getting puked all over and having to deal with the mess, you should think about taking some precautions. According to pet travel experts, one way you can lessen the motion sickness is to let your pup look out of the window.
If you’re in a car, roll down the window just a bit so the different smells and sights can keep your pooch occupied. In case you notice that your canine buddy is already feeling under the weather, you can mix some chicken broth with their water. This will help their stomach as it does for humans, just make sure that the broth is not too rich in sodium because that is bad for dogs.
Use a crate or a travel carrier!
If you’re going to be in a highly populated area, it’s a good idea to pop your pup in a carrier to keep them calm. You might need to do a couple test runs to get him used to the carrier or things can get unpleasant. If you’re traveling by car for a long distance, consider investing in a car seat to keep your pup protected.
Use a tracker app!
Being in a foreign place with your dog has plenty of perks. However, there is still the small possibility that your pooch might somehow get off their leash and roam around an area which is not familiar to them. Whether it’s following another dog or an interesting smell- dogs can easily get lost. In a setting where you are unfamiliar with the area, this can be pretty dangerous. That’s why an excellent solution for all the pet-parents would be to download a dog tracker app or put other tracking devices on the pooch’s collar. That way, even if you have a runner, you will be able to catch up!