Travelling with your dog can be fun
Road trips, hiking, exploring new places together, walks on the beach.
if you follow some basic tips and guidelines found here - you can eliminate much of the stress that can go along with taking your dog on vacation with you. We try as often as possible to include our dogs in our travels and having well trained dogs along with some planning goes along way.
Of course you know to bring along a leash and food & bowls & toys and bags to pick up after your dog - here are some other important things to consider:
Make sure vaccines are current and that you have the certificate with you.
Even if you aren’t crossing any borders and don’t need to show proof of vaccines - some hotels require ti @ check in. Further they may come in handy if you have to make an emergency trip to a vet while you are away.
Keep up your Crate Training!
Even if you no longer use or need a crate with your dog - a crate can be a home away from home and is worth travelling with. Your dog will be exposed to a lot of new smells/sounds in unfamiliar surroundings and a crate can have a very calming effect on your dog while you are out. And if you want housekeeping services - most hotels insist on your dog being crated.
What is the hotel’s Policy on dogs left unattended?
Some do not allow for dogs left in rooms unattended - best to know this before booking.
Leave your cellular number front desk when you are out.
In case of barking or worse. Some hotels are adding clauses to their contracts that will charge the owner of a pet creating a nuisance for any lost revenue that is a result of their pet’s behaviour. At a minim you’ll want to know if your dog is feeling stressed anyhow.
Find a local Veterinarian(s)
Google or ask the front desk if you are unfamiliar with the area - always good to have the info before you actually need it.
Help your dog establish a bathroom area and routine. This is all the “greenspace” we had available on a recent trip to NYC - Cow adapted from country living to the big city and it’s limitations within the first day.
For the time being - this is home - help them understand that this is where you go - and bring your pet there often @ first - even if you deem it a little unnecessary - better safe than sorry.
Extra exercise to help alleviate the stress of change.
Some extra walking/running and obedience training is great as well since it takes a lot out of a dog to have to focus for extended periods of time.
Hyper used to love to run on the beach - fetching toys from the water and even getting on a surf board…
A seatbelt harness or a crate are safe ways to travel if driving to your destination. No one plans to have an accident but they happen and your dog can become a projectile missile if not crated or belted.
Dogs can have sensitive stomachs and changes in water can result in upset stomach - sometimes bottled water is best to help avoiding and potential problems.