Like Traveling With Your Dog? Ten Tips For Making it an Enjoyable Experience
Do you have a favorite destination? Do you think it would be a pain to take your dog with you? More and more families are traveling with their pets and finding it to be very enjoyable for both the pet and the family.
Tip #1 – Are you planning the type of vacation where your dog is not too much interference? If you are planning a trip where you will be gone from sun up to sun down every day at parks or attractions where dogs are not allowed, your pet will be happier left in his own home or that of a trusted provider. However, if you are going hiking or just relaxing, it is fun to have your companion at your side.
Tip #2 – Always look for a hotel before your trip and check the rules. Can a pet be left in the room unattended? Is crating an unattended dog a requirement? I, personally, would not stay at a hotel where I could not leave my dog unattended and crated. It would be too hard to eat out, shop, or anything else you might want to do for short periods of time.
Tip #3 – Pack a special bag with food, medication, leashes, toys, treats, and bed if one is used. Make the routine familiar.
Tip #4 – Plan your hikes or other activities where you can take your dog. Check the rules before hand. Go to a destination that is pet friendly. Please take bags and pick up and discard waste. If everyone is responsible, more destinations will welcome dogs.
Tip #5 – Remember, your pet is in unfamiliar surroundings and can easily get into trouble. Keeping them on a leash is a good idea. The wildlife and certain plants can be a hazard.
Tip #6 – If your dog is an uncontrollable barker, consider renting a cabin or other disconnected lodging facility so the other tenants are not bothered.
Tip #7 – Have your dog microchipped and have ID tags on your pet. The best ID tag is one with an 800 emergency number so you or other contacts can be reached immediately. Your veterinarian information is also immediately available.
Tip #8 – Make sure the people on your contact list know where you are staying and how to get in touch with you in case they receive a call regarding your pet.
Tip #9 – Make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and have proof in your possession.
Tip #10 – Most of all, ENJOY your vacation and your time with man’s (and woman’s) best friend!