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Monday, October 6, 2014

Planning A Trip? Essential Tips For Your Dog When You Go

If you adore traveling, but also have a family pet, you might find this obstacle a little tricky. You want to get out there and see the world, but you need to make sure that it is the right thing for your pet. One pet that requires effort and work is a dog. Dogs need constant attention and love. As such, you need to make sure that you plan your trips around their needs. Your dog should be a top priority in your household. That means that before you begin your plans, you need to think about his or her welfare. Here are a few essential tips for planning a trip when you have a dog.

Can you take your dog with you?

The first thing you need to decide is whether you can take your dog with you on your travels. A dog is part of the family, and so you should try and take your dog on vacation with you as much as possible. Decide what type of trip you are taking. If you are not traveling abroad, you can likely take your dog with you on your vacation. Make sure that you ask about pets when you book with your hotel. Sure, many hotels don't allow pets or dogs, but some do. For example, if you are planning an adventure vacation is a rural area, many of the hotels there will be more than happy to welcome dogs. 

If you are traveling abroad, it may be hard to take your dog with you. Travel documentation is always tricky when it comes to animals, and you might find that your dog needs extra vaccines. If you are planning to take your dog with you to a foreign country, it is important that you plan the trip way in advance. There will be many things you need to look into and plan for your trip. Most of the time, it is not advisable to take your dog abroad with you, but if you feel you must, make sure you know your stuff before you leave.
Preparing your dog for travel
If you've decided to take your dog along with you on your travels, you need to make sure he or she is ready to travel. Check with the vet whether your dog will need any injections or medication for the trip. If you are going on a road trip, for example, you might find that your dog need tablets to settle his or her tummy. Many dogs suffer from awful travel sickness and so will need medication on hand for the journey. Before you set off, make sure that your dog is in a calm mood. Experts suggest that a great way to prepare your dog for travel is to take him or her on a long walk before you leave. That will tire your dog out, and so he or she should sleep for much of the journey.
Essentials you should take for your dog

If your dog is traveling with you, you don't just need to pack for yourselves, you need to pack for your dog as well. You should take all manner of things with you to entertain your dog and keep him or her healthy. Take a leash, some dog toys, some medication and a flea treatment. Many owners fail to realize that their dog might get ill or catch pet fleas on the trip. When you expose your dog to new environments, it is natural that they pick up something. So long as you have the right things with you when you travel, you should have no issues with your dog. Make sure that you understand how to travel with a dog. It is not all fun and games. Your dog will need constant attention, and so you should make sure you always give it him or her.
Activities for your dog on a trip

What can your dog do on a vacation? It may sound like a silly question, but entertainment for your dog is just as important as entertainment for you. Many dogs get anxious when they travel to new places. That means that you need something to distract your dog with while you are on vacation. If you are taking a trip to the city, what will your dog do there? If there is nowhere for you to walk your dog, it might be best to leave him or her at home. If you take your dog to the countryside, there are likely many long walks to take him or her on each day. Make sure your destination is right for your dog before you decide to take him or her along with you.

Who can look after your dog?

If you decide to leave your dog at home, he or she will need proper care. Do you know a family member or friend who will look after your dog while you're away? Asking someone to pet-sit is a huge deal. You need to make sure that you're not imposing on the person's lifestyle. If you can't find anyone to look after your dog, you should consider putting him into a kennel while you are away. Kennels cost around $30-40 per night, and so are quite a large family expense. Making sure your dog is okay while you're on vacation is vital. Your dog trusts you as his or her protector. Make sure that you take the time to make the right arrangements to suit your dog and your family.

Preparing your dog for separation

Before you leave your dog, you need to prepare him for the separation. When you leave your dog for an extended period, he or she might find this stressful. Before you leave, give your dog a lot of attention and love so that they know you love them. Leave something that smells like you with your dog. For example, if you're putting your dog in a kennel, you might want to leave him or her a scarf that smells like you. Your dog will find your scent comforting when you are away, and it should help him or her to adjust to his or her temporary home.

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