A trip is always fun. And if it happens for you with your favorite dog, it can be a dream come true. You must plan out things properly for your trip if you want to make the tour memorable. Before you plan your trip, you will need to go through websites and social media to chalk out the plans for your trip.
Become members of social media groups where there are many like-minded people. In dog owner’s groups, you will get many responses to your queries or worries regarding your trip. You can know from them how they made tours with their dogs. It’s good to know what were the problems they faced.
Studying those problems will allow you to learn what not to do. Based on your research, you can create a to-do list to make your trip with your dog a success. But knowing what not to do is equally important.
Best way to travel with a dog
Check the hotel website for information
The properly registered hotel websites will mention if they allow dogs. However, it’s not sufficient to learn that they allow dogs. They may allow dogs, but not within the rooms. Then, it may not be the hotel you are looking for.
Also, check the documents the hotel authorities want you to carry regarding your dogs. For example, crucial documents include vaccination records, the health certifications of your pet, and other documents.
Carry the vaccination records
Vaccinate your dog. However, it’s not only sufficient to administer vaccinations to your dog. Also, collect proof of its vaccination. When visiting with your dog, you may need to show those vaccination certificates at many turns to various checking authorities (not the hotel authorities).
If you are taking your dog for a trip, it may happen that it will have to stay calm and patient without creating tantrums for 2 to 3 hours. But generally, they are not used to such extended calmful stays. You need to train it properly for that reason.
Initially, I regularly took it for morning, afternoon, and evening walks. Make it stay out of the house for more than an hour. Take them outside in your car. Make your dog adjust to cramped situations for quite a few hours.
Provide proper toilet training
While on a trip, they may not pee or poo for quite a few hours. So, train them properly so that they don’t face embarrassment on D-Day. For road trips, you must stop every 2 to 3 hours. It will give your pet the time to stand and stretch.
You can pack some of their favorite toys and balls with you. You can let your dog play and run if there is any dog-friendly park along your traveling route. It will make your trip an interesting and fun one indeed.
Make them social
Provide your dog with proper social training. While on tour in a hotel, they should not suddenly start barking at other hotel guests. Social training can help it achieve this. Take your dog to different houses among many outsiders. This practice will make it your dog easy to mingle with outsiders.
Provide your dog with proper training to be friendly with other pets. Your dog may be friendly to the dogs but can’t stand other pets. However, in hotels, any pet can be there. In such a case, your dog should not attack the other pets. The way you can ensure it is proper training.
Take your dog to society gardens daily, where other people carry their dogs, cats, and other pets. Initially, your dog may be hostile to them. But gradually, he will learn how to co-exist. It will make your life easy when you take your dog on trips.
Create a proper food chart
In consultation with your dog’s vet, create a proper food chart, so your dog doesn’t fall sick on the trip. The best solution is to carry dry food with you, so your dog doesn’t need to eat any out-of-routine food. However, it’s not always feasible.
So, it’s good to consult your vet and keep a few alternative options of food that your dog can consume while on tour. Keep stock of the food so that it lasts throughout the trip. Pack water and some refillable containers for use. Don’t forget to pack the food bowls.
Provide leash training
It’s better to leash your dog while on the trip. However, many dogs can’t stand leashes. For them, arrange proper training so that they obey leashes. If your dog is too disobedient, there is no option but to train it with the lure of treats.
Also, you can microchip the dog collars. It will add security in case your dog gets lost while on tour. The microchip will come in to track down your favorite four-legged friend. You may have trained your dog a lot. But they are much like kids.
They love to explore. And in the process of exploration, they may meet accidents. So, owners should keep a strict watch on their dogs. Never allow your dog to go near a pool if there is a pool facility during your hotel stay. These precautions will make your trip fun and safe.
Check with the vet before you go to any destination with your pet. Your vet will be the right person to answer any queries related to dog health. If your dog has health issues, it won’t be advisable to travel to a faraway destination.
If your dog has no health issues, you must require additional vaccines and health certifications depending on the places you want to visit.