Dec 21, 2016

Best Tips for Traveling with Dogs

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Your vacation is only going to get better with your furry best friend by your side. However, while traveling with your dog is definitely going to be fun, you will need to do some planning. If you are taking your dog with you on vacation, it is always a good idea to start planning ahead for an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Prepare early

If you are traveling with your dog make sure that his vaccinations are all up to date. This is especially important if you are flying. A flea preventative is also a great idea to make sure that he doesn’t pick up any fleas during your holiday. If your dog requires grooming, be sure to do it before you travel as you may not have the time or the facilities to do that during your vacation.

Getting your dog into the crate

For some of you, putting your dog into a crate may feel wrong. However, there really is no other option when it comes to flying with your dog. The best thing you can do is to prepare early to make the experience more comfortable for the dog and less emotional for you. Make sure that your dog burns off all of his excess energy by exercising before he gets into the crate. This way, he is more likely to rest. Be sure to remain calm and aloof when the dog is being taken away. It will only make things difficult for you and your dog if you get emotional. Crating is not only helpful during flights but also during road trips.

Pack right

Packing everything you need is a must to ensure a pleasant vacation for you and comfort for your dog. Pack some bottled water and a slobber rag as well as any medication that your dog is currently on. Don’t forget to write down the instructions for caring for your dog just in case you face an accident. If your dog tends to get nervous, pack some dog treats to make him feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Pick pet-friendly accommodation

A little bit of early research will allow you to find great pet-friendly accommodation options. These are an excellent choice as they will be able to recommend exciting activities to enjoy with your dog, local places and special dog-friendly activities.

Explore the new surroundings

Once you arrive at your destination, take a walk with him so that he can get acquainted with the new sights and smells. Be sure to remain calm and assertive so that he does not get aggressive or panicked. When you are getting settled in your hotel, make sure to get your dog to sit in one place until you have settled in. With your scent all over the room, your dog will have an easier time getting used to the new setting.