If you have been looking forward to the great weather when you can go on adventures with your dog, chances are that you are on the lookout for accommodation that allows your pet to stay with you. Us Brits are famous for treating our doggies as an extra family member, and putting them into a kennel might be out of the question. Once you have found the right accommodation, double checked your dogs travel requirements for your journey and destination or are lucky enough to have your own caravan or campervan, you just have to figure out how to keep your friend safe during the journey. Find a few tips below.
It is important that you pay attention to the details. Dogs are used to the same smell and environment, and spending a long time in the car or the camper can be boring. If you don’t want to turn their attention to something they can easily destroy, you will need to pack their favourite toys and keep them entertained. Be careful, though; letting them stick their head out of the window is not the best way to keep them engaged with their environment.
Get the Temperature Right
It is crucial that you help your dog regulate their body temperature, so they can feel comfortable. Consider what they are used to at home, and get the air temperature right. You might not know this, but your dog can also catch a cold, especially if they are getting in from the warm sun into the air conditioned car. Make sure that every change of temperature is gradual.
Walks and Stops
Unless your dog is old and happy to sit quietly for a few hours, you will need to plan your stops. Pulling over on the side of the road is not the best option. It is important that you plan your stops, and find a pub where there is fresh water available for four-legged friends. Find a park with parking and take your time to give your dog a walk. Travelling with dogs can be easy if you take into consideration their needs.
Safe Carrier Options
It is crucial that you invest in a safe carrier. Search for quality dog cages that are large enough to make your four-legged friend feel comfortable, but compact enough to travel with. It might be a good idea to talk to an expert whether or not it would be a good idea to get your dog a harness to keep them safe in the car.
Don’t Let them Wander Around Alone At the New Location
Once you arrive at your destination, it is important that you give your dog time to get used to the new environment. You might not know about the wildlife and the area, so never let them off the leash, or you will face worry and frustration.
Travelling with dogs should not be more stressful than without them. Ensure you plan your journey and keep your friend entertained and safe throughout the journey and at your destination.
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