Pet expert reveals 10 top tips for travelling with dogs
Taking your dog along isn’t always something people do with confidence during the summer holidays.
It can be stressful finding dog-friendly accommodations and making sure your pet is happy.
But it’s not impossible, and people do manage to get away with a trip with a dog in tow, particularly to some British beauty spots.
If you’re still totally stuck on what to do, read on because these tips that John Smith, Pet Expert and founder of Yappy.com shares with FEMAIL can make your life a little easier…
There are certain tips and tricks that you can use to relieve your dog’s stress while traveling so that your pet stays happy
John said: ‘Whether you’re staying in a hotel, apartment or even camping, having a first aid kit is a priority.
Even some dog-friendly accommodations may not offer all the items you need to keep your dog healthy, so you should bring these with you.
“Make a list of tick removers, lancing aids, wound dressings, alcohol wipes, safety pins, tongue depressors, and more.”
“Always find the nearest vet in case of illness and emergencies,” said the expert.
John added: ‘Consider taking dog-friendly motion sickness tablets too – you never know how your dog will react to the different types of transport you take and like humans, they may not feel as well on that trip!’
The expert said: ‘On certain ferry routes, dogs must be left in vehicles during the journey. In that case, leave your car window open for ventilation.”
‘Let some soothing music play to keep your dog calm and make sure they have some toys to keep them occupied too!
“It can be a bit of a lonely journey, so plan these trips ahead,” John added.
LET’S GO TO THE BEACH
John said: ‘A visit to the beach is a must-do activity for most holidaymakers and dogs love it too!
“Try to be careful when letting your dog swim as it is possible that he could get stung, drink or eat something that is bad for his stomach or even injure him on rocks or other sharp objects.”
“When looking for your outdoor enclosure, it’s important to consider how your dogs feel and sleep.
‘Make sure that tents and caravans are well ventilated, because they can often be five to ten degrees warmer than the outside temperature.
“It’s also a good idea to set up the tent at home so your dog can get used to a new environment before traveling,” said John.
TAKING DOGS ON ACTIVITIES
John said, ‘A long walk or hike with dogs can be a great day out!
“However, dogs have a very different perspective than humans, so unfamiliar heights, routes and walks can be dangerous, especially atop a cliff or lookout. Keep dogs on a lead and bring plenty of food and water,” he added.
Other ways to keep your dog happy
1. Buy them treats
2. Play with them
3. Have a dance party
4. Brush their teeth
5. Go on a treasure hunt
6. Give her a job
7. Play hide and seek
8. Have a Spa Day
9. Compliment them
10. Make it a dog-friendly popsicle
Source: Bark Post / Dr. Katy Nelson
KEEP YOUR POOCH IN A ROUTINE
Holidays are usually a great time to explore new places, try new things and enjoy adventurous activities.
“While this is nice for humans, it may not be so good for your dog.
“Try to integrate some of your typical routine while you’re away; whether that’s comparable walking times or the same diet, routine is absolutely necessary,” John said.
STAY IN CONTACT
John said, ‘Be sure to get your dog chipped before you go on holiday – this is very important!
‘Also, when you are away, be sure to include a leash or collar with your dog’s name on it, as well as your vacation address, NOT your home address, and telephone contact details where you can be easily reached while abroad.
He said, “You don’t want to miss that call if your dog is lost and found!”
VACCINATIONS ARE KEY
The expert said: ‘Having up-to-date vaccinations and records for your dogs is absolutely crucial!
“Rules vary from country to country, so make sure you double-check each country’s rules before visiting as it may be different from somewhere you’ve been before.”
John said: ‘Dogs will love exploring new places with you, but packing for an extra person can add to the pre-holiday stress.
“Be sure to bring extra food, water, toys and documentation because you never know when you might need it!” he added