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Your dog is as much a part of your family as kids or a partner, so of course, it makes sense that you’ll want to take them with you when you travel. It’s important to understand that simply putting your dog in the car and driving or booking them onto a plane and hoping for the best isn’t going to be enough; you must plan in advance.
Even though dogs can be very in-tune to what we are doing, it is still very hard– impossible in most cases – to make them understand that they are going on a journey. This is why you need to prepare in advance to ensure that you have everything ready and aren’t stressed. It will make the trip much easier for you and your pet.
Decide How You’ll Travel
Depending on where you are heading, you may have some options available to you regarding your mode of transport. The two main choices for you are flying or driving, and your dog may not like either of these options – but they still need to come.
Weigh up the pros and cons of each type of transport not just for you, but for your dog too. If your pet doesn’t like being without you for extended periods of time, the car might be a better option. If there isn’t room in your car, maybe you’ll have to take a plane. Of course, you can book a pet transport service for domestic journeys, which could save this decision having to be made, but again you’ll need to take your pet’s personality into account.
Book In Advance
Whereas you might be able to rush off on a spontaneous journey when you feel like it, stopping at any suitable-looking hotel along the route, this is not so much the case when you have a dog with you. In fact, many hotels and motels won’t allow any dogs other than service dogs, and you might find that you don’t have anywhere to stay after a long day on the road.
This is why, when you’re traveling with a dog, you’ll need to book everything in advance to ensure that the hotel you intend to stay at accepts pets and that they are aware you’ll be bringing one. It might take the adventure out of your journey somewhat, but at least it means you and your pet will have somewhere safe to sleep.
Bring Items From Home
Even if your dog is just as adventurous as you when it comes to searching out new places, it can still be a good idea to bring items from home to help calm them. It could make the difference between an easy journey and a more difficult one.
These items can be bedding and toys, for example. You should also definitely bring their usual food from home. Don’t assume you’ll easily be able to pick it up on your travels either; always have a supply with you. Anything different from the usual could upset your dog’s stomach causing them pain and making any journey together a messy and unpleasant one.