If you are eager to go on a journey with your dog, there are certain precautions that you should take before actually going ahead. After all, irritated though you could be by children asking “are we there yet”, dogs can be even more problematic to take on trips.
Fortunately, you can reduce the likelihood of problems arising if you follow these pieces of advice.
Consider whether the dog should travel at all
It is essential to leave any ill, injured or pregnant animal at home, PETA says. The animal rights organisation adds that it could also be for the best if a dog prone to overstimulation is left at home.
If your pooch suffers due to motion sickness or does not react well – either physically or emotionally – if their routine is disrupted, that’s another reason to seriously consider not having them travel.
Have a test drive with your dog
Should you remain unsure whether your dog would contend with travel in your car, you could take them on a test drive. You could try a few short rides, as recommended on the Women’s Health website. This is good for seeing whether the dog’s stomach becomes upset due to travel.
Check that your hotel will accept the dog
Before booking accommodation, verify that your dog would actually be allowed there. Not all hotels accept animals; however, through using Toprooms, you can more easily find accommodation that not only says yes to Fido but also comes at an appealing price.
Keep the dog suitably occupied
When in your car, your dog could too easily decide to occupy him or herself by chewing on the seat belts… unless you remember to bring the canine something else to chew on, as advised on PawCulture‘s website. Opt for a chew toy that you know your dog loves.
You should also take a tug toy which you can use for games of tug with your dog when you have stopped the car to have a break.
Never leave your dog alone in the car
Even when the day is only mildly warm, a dog could suffer and die if you leave them inside a parked car. If the outside temperature is 78°F, a shaded car’s interior could reach 90°F – while a car left in the sun could take mere minutes to touch 160°F in inside temperature.
Take water and ice with you
These supplies can be good for keeping your dog hydrated. Before heading off, you could purchase some no-spill travel bowls from a pet supply store.
Don’t hamper the healthiness of your dog’s routine
For this reason, even when you and the canine are a distance from home, you should remember to look after your dog in the right way. This means regularly walking them, playing with them, always allowing their access to fresh water, and feeding them – ideally with the same type of food you give them at home. Any switches in food should be made gradually for the benefit of the dog’s stomach.