With a little preparation and planning, taking your dog on holiday with you can be a fun and rewarding experience. To keep your trip as stress-free as possible, here are our top tips to ensure your holiday is enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.
Do your research
When planning your trip, be sure to research pet-friendly accommodation, restaurants and attractions in the area you will be visiting. Understand pet policies and restrictions and book your accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Prepare your pup
Ensure your dog is well trained and socialised before taking them on holiday. They should respond to basic commands, be comfortable around other people and animals and well-behaved in public places. If your dog is not used to travelling or being in new environments, take them on short car rides to new places to help them become familiar with the experience. Make sure they are up-to-date with all their vaccinations as well as tick and flea medication.
Pack the essentials
Make sure you pack all the essentials for your furry friend including food and water bowls, lead and collar with ID tags that include your phone number in case you get separated. Packing their dog bed and a few favourite toys and treats will help them to feel settled. A few new toys will keep them entertained while you relax and unwind.
Plan your drive
When planning your route, allow for frequent stops for potty breaks, exercise and water. Keep them safe while you drive by using a travel crate, seat belt harness or barrier.
Create a routine
Settle your pet as soon as you arrive. Try to maintain a similar feeding and walking schedule to what you have at home as this can provide your dog with structure and stability while in a new environment. Keep your dog on a leash and stay close to them at all times as this will help to keep their stress levels low.
Make time for your dog
While on holiday it’s important to make time for your furry friend. Take your dog for walks, hikes and swims and spend some quality time together. Your dog will appreciate the extra attention and it will strengthen your bond with them. There are plenty of dog-friendly activities such as hiking trails and pet-friendly beaches that everyone will enjoy.
Enjoy the experience
Without the worry that comes with leaving your fur baby in kennels, you’re free to enjoy your holiday. Seeing the joy your pooch gets from the experience will make you wonder why you ever left them behind before.