For dog owners planning a vacation can be quite a headache deciding where your pet dog will stay while you are vacationing. Most cities have pets hotels where they will take care of your dog while you are away but most hotels comes with a heavy price tag and not everyone can afford the service.
If you think that the idea taking your pet dog along seems quite impossible, well it’s not. Traveling with your pet dog is not an easy task but never impossible. With proper planning, you can experience an enjoyable trip with your dog, but you need to plan wisely and in advance. In fact with proper planning traveling with your dog can be quite a fun experience.
Here are some tips to make the trip easier on both you and your pet:
1. Starting taking your dog in your for short rides. Visit places where your dog can have fun like a dog park, to friend’s places or go to fast food drive through where you can treat him with bits of meat from your burgers or sandwich. By doing this, car rides becomes a fun thing to do for your dog. When you go for your real trip he will be more excited than you as now he knows that every car ride ends up doing something fun.
2. If your pet dog gets carsick, try not to feed him the morning of the trip. Bring plenty of water for your dog. Give your dog water to drink at every stop.
3. Most dogs are pampered and they can be quite picky when it comes to food and water, so take water from your home. Water taste different depending on the geographic location and your dog might not drink the water if it does not taste or smell the usual.
4. Don’t forget to pack your dog’s favorite treats, bed, toys and of course the leash.
5. Bring a crate along if your dog uses one. While traveling, try to bring one of those crates which can be easily folded. A crate is also very handy as once you reach your destination, you can put your dog in the crate when you go to places where dogs are not allowed.
6. Carry a blanket to protect the upholstery. Do bring along a crate and if you are putting your dog in the crate make sure that it’s supported so that the crate does not slide and scare your dog while driving. A dog seat belt is also a must.
7. Give water to your dog every few hours and make a stop for short walks. It’s encouraged to walk your dog somewhere with less traffic and noise as some dogs are frightened by the noisy trucks driving. Please carry plastic bags to pick up any waste or mess from your dog.
8. When in a new place, dogs tend to loss their appetite and it can get them dehydrated. Make sure that he eats and drink, a very wise way is to mix chicken broth or gravy into the dog’s water as well as in his food.