A vacation is taking a break from the hassle and bustle of your everyday city life. And it is a must when you are all stressed or in the verge of burning out. Although, there are lots of ways to release the tension in the body like Pilates, meditation, yoga and the like, wouldn’t it be wonderful to do all that in an awe inspiring environment to reap the most benefits out of those unknotting pursuits? So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime… One moment, did I hear you say “how about my dog, can I bring him along?”
The answer to that question is a resounding YES! In spite of the fact that travelling with your four legged pal can quite be challenging, especially if it is for the first time, there are some tips or road trips rules that you should bear in mind to make your vacation a wonderful experience. Read on.
Spontaneity is exhilarating when you are on a vacation, going with the flow of circumstances can render a lot of surprises. However, at this point, when you are travelling with your furry pal, you must plan ahead. Some places, mostly the ones you will be staying in, requires certain documents before they accept you and your dog to spend time with them. In addition, there are also dog essentials you must bring with you when you are travelling with your dog. So, you better prepare your itinerary ahead of time before going on a holiday.
Dogs can be quite stressed out when he is in a new environment. Bringing something familiar, like his favorite blanket, toy, or bed will allow him to feel at ease and be more relaxed. Food and water is also vital. Keep him hydrated all throughout the travel and when feeding him, make sure you won’t go over to the normal amount he usually consumes to avoid discomfort and stomach upset. And prepare for frequent bathroom breaks or short dog walks so he can do his thing.
Security and Safety
As much as you love your dog and you do not want him being restrained, it is wise to have him in a crate or a very popular option nowadays is a harness that can be converted into a seat belt. Your pup should also sit at the back and not on the front seat. Like kids, this is the safest part of the car they can be. When you are on a break, it is much better to have him on a leash so he wouldn’t run away and get lost. More importantly, make sure that he is wearing a dog tag or collar. His name, your phone number and if it allows, you can also include your address written on it. So, if worse comes to worst and he gets lost, the chances of getting him back are greater because whoever finds him, will be able to contact you as soon as possible.
Travelling with your dog will surely make your vacation a once in a lifetime experience, not only for you, but also for them. They do not want anything more, but to spend time with you. To make it memorable, make sure to adhere to the travel guides mentioned above. If by chance, or for any reason you can’t travel with your pal, there are always pet sitters or dog boarding around your area that will definitely take care of your furry best friend.