It can be such a wonderful experience to spend your vacation with your best four-legged friend! Though, you should be well-prepared to make the trip comfortable for both of you. Therefore, we arranged a list of dos and don’ts that you might want to check before starting your new adventure.
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Plan Your Route Carefully
Schedule time for breaks, so every four hours you would have minimum 15-30 minutes rest. If you travel by car, think about stopping at locations with pet-friendly attractions or at least find some nice park to give your dog a chance to play.
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Perform a Test Drive
Before going for a long trip perform a test drive, do a few-hours-ride or a one-day journey. Don’t forget to pay close attention to your dog’s physical and mental condition, monitor sickness and anxiety. It might be also a good idea to see your vet and ask for a careful examination.
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Don't Forget the Water!
Remember to take much water and frequently offer it to your dog. Don’t expect to buy dog’s food at your destination, if you are not sure you can find exactly the kind that your dog is used to. Moreover, the trip might cause some stomach problems, so ask your vet in advance what medicines to take.
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If you travel by plane, check the pet rules of your air company. They might ask you for the dog's health certificate and, most certainly, for a crate. And don’t upset the dog with a long and tearful goodbye if your pet isn’t flying in the main cabin with you. When you are happy and confident, the dog is happy and confident too.
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Don't Forget the ID!
Your dog should wear the pet ID with home address and your phone number during the whole trip. It is a very important safety measure that can save your pet friend in case the dog gets lost.
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Choose Pet-Friendly Hotels
Make sure to choose a dog-friendly hotel, otherwise, you might have some unpleasant experience with the staff and the other visitors. Pet-friendly hotels may have facilities for your dog that will make your life easier. In addition, there you can get a number of suggestions about the dog-friendly local spots.
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Entertain your dog during the trip
Put some of the dog’s favorite stuffed toys or beloved old blankets, as they smell like home. Don’t forget to give the dog your attention and show that everything is okay. Your encouraging voice and gentle touch will reduce the stress that your pet might feel and bring the comfort.
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Enter the Room First
In hotel be sure to enter the room first, unpack the things and give your new home a familiar scent. And after that be sure to go for a nice long walk. Now your dog needs to energize!
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And last, but not the least, enjoy your common experience all along the way! Taking your dog with you is a big responsibility, but it is also a great pleasure. It allows you not to worry about “what’s going on back there”, while enjoying the best company ever.
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