How to Prepare for a Vacation with Your Dog

How to Prepare for a Vacation with Your Dog

Leaving your best friend behind while you go on a vacation away can be a heartbreaking thought, so it’s only right that you take them with you! However, there are certain things to consider before you do this, so here are a few tips to help you get on that getaway with your furry friend.

Is your dog ready for the adventure?

As with humans, you need to know if your dog is ready to go somewhere new, and of course ready to have the best time ever. It can be scary going away for the first, or even second or third time, to a new environment, so it might be worth going on day trips with your dog beforehand. Let them explore new surroundings, get used to the different smells, and see how they deal with the journey there.

Just as important as being mentally prepared, is being physically ready. If you’re unsure of your dog’s health conditions, it is a good idea to take them to the vet to check for anything. If you have any doubts about your dog’s happiness, consider leaving them with family or friends, or in a kennel.

Will they behave?

Do not underestimate the importance of your dog’s behaviour! If you find it exhausting to take them on a walk around your local area, imagine what it will be like in a brand new setting. If you haven’t started training them already, it might be worth starting for your own sake, and also the safety of your pooch.

Are you going to a dog-friendly destination?

The next thing to know is, will the local area love your dog as much as you do? Inevitably the answer is no, because nobody does, but you need to make sure that your dog will be welcomed. Check the hotels or rental houses to see if you can bring your dog, and if you’re planning on eating out, do some research on restaurants to see if your dog can come with you. Remember, you don’t want to go on holiday and then leave your dog alone in your accommodation, this will just add to their anxiety.

For their own well-being and for your peace of mind, you should find out where the local vet is. Are you going somewhere hot? Is your dog comfortable in the heat? Make sure they won’t suffer in the climate you plan on going to.

How do you plan on getting there?

The most comfortable way for dogs to travel is by car (and it’s also the best way to take in views for you!) – So avoid flying if you can. If you haveto fly, check with airlines, because they might have certain restrictions. Smaller dogs may be able to come on board with you, but stay in a travel crate, otherwise, they might have to go in the hold. This can be traumatic for some pets, so think carefully!

If you make the decision to drive, there are also many things to think about. You should plan out your route carefully, but don’t forget to be flexible, so plan for excursions and stops that are not on route. Having said that, do not stop too much, otherwise your pooch won’t be able to relax and get comfortable! Bring plenty of supplies for the journey.

Here’s a couple of tips: do not feed your dog too much before or during the trip, as dogs are prone to travel sickness. That would not be fun to clean up. And, maybe take them for a long walk or run before setting off, so that they are tired while you’re traveling.

Use these Total Calm Chews to keep your pal happy and calm, while also being a tasty treat. This might help them if they seem restless or nervous on the journey.

Pack the essentials

Now that you’ve got the logistics all panned out, it’s time to pack! Bring any medication they need, and the everyday necessities. Sometimes we humans can cope without home comforts, but our dog friends sometimes need them to cope, which is why it is important to pack their favorite toys. If you are going by car or fail at travelling light – which we all do – think about bringing their bed or blanket. You want to make your dog feel at ease, and they are creatures of habit, so bring their valuables and make sure you stick to their routine to make the holiday a home away from home for them!

Should I stay or should I go?

It’s hard knowing what your dog is thinking, but you know them best. If you think you’re both ready to go away together and have a great time while staying safe, then get ready to go! The most important thing to make sure of is your dog’s happiness – are they going to be comfortable? Are they healthy? Are you prepared to be flexible in your plans? If you can answer yes to all these, great! Go and make wonderful memories with your beloved best friend!


Clara Hallifax

A lover of all animals, especially dogs! I love to learn about the way they think, and what we as pet owners can do to better their lives. So what better way, than to write fun, informative content?! When I’m not typing away, you can find me trying to cook a new recipe (and failing), or of course playing with the dog

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