Summer Travel Tips for Dog Owners
If you’re like many pet owners, you’ll probably bring your dog on one of your summer adventures. Whether you choose to travel by car or plane, there’s a lot of preparation required to make your trip a safe and relaxing one for both you and your pup. Here are The Doggy Dojo’s tips for traveling with your dog this summer.
Tips for traveling with your dog by car
Take your dog for a long walk or play a game of fetch at the park before getting in the car. Once he’s burned off excess energy he’ll be more likely to rest.
Keep your dog in the backseat. Airbags in the front passenger seat can injure your pup even if he’s in a crate.
Speaking of crates, it’s a good idea to crate your dog while traveling in the car. It prevents your dog from roaming and you from being distracted.
Take plenty of breaks to let your dog get out of the car and stretch her legs. Offer your pup water and high protein snacks.
Keep all heads in the car! Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris.
Tips for traveling with your dog by plane
Check with your airline for rules regarding pet travel. Most require a health certificate from your veterinarian saying its safe for your pup to fly.
Introduce your dog to his travel crate or carrier in the days and weeks leading up to your trip. This way he’ll feel at ease when the big day arrives.
Don’t start the trip on a full stomach or bladder. However, you’ll want to make sure your dog has access to water to stay hydrated.
Putting your dog’s favorite blanket or toy in his travel carrier will help him feel comfortable and relaxed during the flight.
If you don’t plan to give your dog a sedative, try rubbing some lavender oil between your hands and giving your pup an aromatherapy massage.
If you’re unable to bring your pup on your summer vacation we’d be happy to care for her while you’re away. Whether you’re in need of dog daycare or overnight pet sitting, we’ve got you covered! Contact us any time to schedule an in-home consultation or to visit our facility.
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