So you’ve decided to take your summer holiday in the UK along with many other Brits, but you don’t want to have to put your dog in a kennel. The answer is, take him with you!
Travelling with dogs can be stressful and I suppose that is what puts most people off taking their pets with them. However, if you do it right and plan ahead you can have an enjoyable trip for both you and your dog.
Here are 6 handy tips to help make it easier when travelling with your dog:
- Most importantly make sure you have booked a hotel, cabin, B&B or other accommodation that will accept dogs that aren’t just guide dogs.
- Most dogs only go in the car when they are off to the vet. Try taking him out to fun places as well such as the local woods or beach, to a friend’s house or just on a short journey out. You want him to believe car trips are fun and for him to get used to where he is in the car, whether that is a specially fitted dog crate, in the boot or on the back seat. You also want him to stay put when he is in the car so as not to distract you, if he usually loose on the back seat, why don’t you try a special dog seat belt to keep him in place.
- Make sure you have some of his favourite toys with you as well as a feeding/water bowl, lead, collar, bags to clean up any mess and his beloved bed.
- Take plenty of dog food and treats with you to last the full length of your holiday. You may like to separate the food into daily freezer bags which will make it easier to manage how much he eats and make it easier for you when dishing up dinner.
- Have plenty of water available in the car for your dog to drink, and fill the water supply up for the journey home too and don’t forget to make plenty of stops for toilet and water breaks whilst in the car.
- If your dog uses a crate it might be handy to bring it with you, not only does it mean he has a safe place to rest at night but you can also contain him if you go out without him.
Hopefully these tips will help you to plan ahead and prepare to take you dog with you, whether it’s just the two of you or a family holiday, make him feel included.
Why not take your dog with you on holiday, after all, he is a member of the family!