There is something about summer that calls to us, it demands that we venture into the world and discover new adventures. For most of us, that challenge is met with a resounding “We’re on our way”. We load up our cars, finding places for luggage, sporting goods and, of course our dogs. Our little co-pilots wag their tales as we embark on a memorable outing. Before you double check the locks to the house we have some helpful travel tips that can make your journey more enjoyable for your dog.
Road Trip Travel Tips for Your Dog
Most dogs love riding in the car. They associate the road to happy places like the park and the beach. When it’s time to plan a road trip you’ll want to make sure that you pack a few essential items for your pal. Be sure to carry a water bowl and water, food, leash, and any necessary medications. Your dog may not need much on your travels, but these items are a definite must. Before you embark on you trip be sure to verify that your final destination is dog friendly. While many hotels allow pets, there are still plenty that won’t. Remember not all cities may be as pet friendly as yours. If you find that accommodation will be a challenge, consider boarding your dog.
Once you start your adventure, you’ll want to make frequent breaks to let your dog stretch their legs and take bathroom breaks. A good rule of thumb is to stop every 2-4 hours.
Flying Travel Tips for Your Dog
If your summer vacation plans have you and your pal flying you’ll want to do some research before you head to the airport. You will need to see a veterinarian to obtain a health certificate ten days prior to departure. In addition to your health certificate, USDA regulations require that your dog is offered food and water four hours before check-in. You’ll want to plan meals accordingly. Most airlines require some form of a carrier or crate for your dog. It’s a good idea to let your dog get accustomed to whatever carrier you decide to use.
There are a number of rules and regulations upon flying with your dog. Be sure to talk to your travel agent or airline to verify that you have all of the necessary paperwork, transportation details, and supplies to make your flight a great adventure for you and your dog.
Summer is a great time to get out of your house and explore the land. It’s also a great time to do some bonding with your four-legged pal. These tips can make your next adventure a memorable one.