Top Tips for Travelling with Dogs
Taking your dog on days out or on holidays just adds to the fun, as well as alleviating the worry of leaving your dog at home or putting your dog into kennels. However, cars and planes weren’t designed with dogs in mind and you’ll also need to ensure that your destination can cater for your four-legged friend!
Follow our top tips for travelling with dogs to limit the amount of stress on both you and your pooch!
Crate your dog when travelling
It’s usual to feel bad about crating your dog for long journeys, but you and your dog will ultimately be safer and if he’s had a long walk beforehand he’ll want to rest in a comfortable space.
Don’t feed during journeys
Don’t feed your dog whilst you’re on the move. Dogs are prone to motion sickness and won’t enjoy the car ride with a full stomach. Wait until you stop for a break and feed a small high protein snack.
Keep your dog hydrated
Ensure your dog always has water available throughout the journey. Travel bowls such as the Torus are ideal as they can provide a small amount of fresh water while on the go, meaning you don’t have to keep stopping to allow your dog a drink, or have to mop up all those spillages after!
Never leave your dog in a parked car
It goes without saying, but if you’re taking a break from driving then let your dog out the car too. He will not only appreciate the leg stretch, but even with the window open, cars can become very hot and quickly turn into an oven.
Pack a travel kit
Whether you’re going out for the day or going on holiday for 2 weeks, it’s advisable to pack a pet-friendly travel kit. The kit can contain items such as food, a bowl, leash, a scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents.
Prep your dog for a long trip
Get your pet ready for the long trip; take him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. This should get him used to the process.
Make an appointment with the vet
If you’re travelling to another country with your dog, you should make an appointment with the vet to ensure all his vaccinations are up-to-date. You may also need to obtain a health certificate and can discuss ways to keep your pet calm throughout transit.