Trip Tips for Traveling with your Pup

Bringing your pup on vacation can make any trip much more fun. Not to mention it will avoid that heartbreaking look on your pups face once the dreaded suitcase appears. However, traveling with dogs takes careful planning. Before you hit the road, it’s time to do your homework.

Before the trip…

  • Make sure your pup is welcome at your guest’s home, or that you choose a pet-friendly hotel that welcomes dogs with open arms! Ask hotel management about their policies, as well as the best places to take walks, etc. Remember to be as respectful as possible to make it a positive experience for all.
  • If your pup isn’t already crate trained, help them to get adjusted to one before the trip. Traveling in a crate is the safest option no matter what method of transportation you choose. Crates also help prevent the driver from getting distracted.
  • When crate training, do not present the crate like a ‘puppy prison’, or else he or she will think of it that way. Wait until your dog goes into the crate on his or her own and then you can close the door. Walk into another room for about 15 minutes and then come back and open the door. Don’t tell your dog to come out, let him or her leave the crate on their own. This will give your pup reassurance that you will always come back.

If you’re driving…

  • If your dog isn’t used to being in the car, start bringing him or her around with you for short rides. If you’re taking a quick trip to a friend’s house or swinging by the local drive through – let your pup be your copilot so that they get accustomed to being in the car.
  • Pack your dog’s favorite toys, or cozy Adventure Collection Travel Blanket, in the crate to comfort him or her during the ride.
  • Before a long ride, be sure your pup exercises so they are nice and sleepy. A long walk or a couple of laps around the backyard should do the trick.
  • Do not feed your dog a big meal before getting in the car. Dogs are prone to motion sickness, so make sure you feed your dog hours before you leave.
  • Be sure to take rest stops frequently to let your pup have a drink of water, relieve him or herself, and stretch those little legs.
  • Never leave your dog in the car alone! Even if it’s just for a few minutes.

If you’re flying…

  • Think carefully before bringing your pup on a plane. Unless you are moving across the country, or don’t have any other options, try to avoid flying with your pup. Dogs and planes don’t mix well – so while it may seem like the easiest travel choice, it may not be for your dog.
  • If you do choose to fly and cannot sit with your pup during the flight (which is typically the case), don’t make a dramatic exit. This will only upset your pup and make him or her anxious. Stay positive and calm.
  • Just like when driving, make sure to feed your pup early to avoid any digestive issues.

 

Once you have arrived…

  • Be sure to keep up with your daily routine. Give your pup regular exercise and playtime, and feed him or her at the same time, with the same food he or she would normally eat at home.

Remember that you play a major role in keeping your dog calm during the trip. Keep your tone and your body language positive, and you and your pup will have a great time. Safe travels!

Trip Tips for Traveling with your Pup

November 20, 2015

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