Taking your pooch on your next adventure with you would just add to the fun. Whether you plan to bring them on the road or sky, you need to do your homework on dog travel. The general rule is to choose the safest and most comfortable for your pet.
Even before you start deciding what mode of transport to take, here is a short checklist of the things you should do.
Taking your dog to travel is just like packing for a baby. These are all the things you should pack in your pooch bag:
There are different ways to transport your pooch. You can take them by car, by airplane, by ship, or by train. However, car travel puts the least amount of stress on most pets. Dogs usually enjoy car travel but long rides can be a different story for some.
When traveling by car, here are some precautions you should take.
Again, travels can be stressful for some dogs. However, taking their favorite toy or anything that attaches them to home, will offer comfort and relaxation. Famous dog trainer Cesar Milan recommends rubbing a little lavender oil between your hands and giving your pet a deep tissue massage will help.
Just because you are away from home does not mean you pause on your healthy routines. Continue to give take them out for walks, spend time to play, and offer access to fresh water and food. If possible, make sure the food prepared are similar to those they eat at home to prevent sickness.
Be the first to enter your hotel room and let your dog stay where allowed to. Do not let them roam around the room so they will not assume control. Some dogs tend to bark a lot when left inside a hotel room. Stay calm and assertive of the situation and do not encourage the barking behavior with affection. By the way, make sure that your scent is everywhere in the room before they settle in.
Since you are miles away from home, your dog can easily get thrilled with the new sights, scents, and sounds. Be extra careful when exploring new places. Your curious pooch may ingest something harmful. When traveling during the holidays, the lights and decorations can be a distraction. So, better keep a keen eye for your babies.
Ask your veterinarian ahead of time for a reference to the nearest vet or animal hospital where you will be traveling. Write the info down or print a map from the Internet. This way, you will not be scrambling for info in case an emergency situation arises -- but,dog forbid.
Some companies are dedicated to pet transportation and travel for anywhere across the globe. For example, PetRelocation has a blog that allows you to ask anything about pet travel. If you are hesitant about something, you can easily send them an inquiry and they will be of great help.
Traveling with your dog can be a fun and meaningful experience for them. There will be lesser surprises when you are well prepared, and you know what to do.