We all know that a great home-away-from-home for your pet is super important when you travel. Here at the LITTLE DOG RETREAT we certainty enjoy it when your pup vacations with us, but we understand that sometimes it would be neat to bring them along. We’ve scoped out a few places that can help you figure out how your travel plans change when you bring your pup with you. Here is a list of suggestions and considerations when traveling with your precious pooch. Plus, a whole bunch of neat places to visit, explore and sniff with your fur-baby in the 2010 …. and if gets too complicated, remember we are always here.
When traveling with your pup remember a few key rules to ensure it is a pleasant and fun experience for you, your fur-baby and those family, friends or bystanders that you encounter.
First, pack a bag for your pup, just like you are going to pack a bag for yourself. Be sure to bring all their basics, bed, blanket, clothing, shoes, socks, comb, toothbrush, etc. Plus, here is a list of the things you may not think about on your way out the door.
Doggie Care Bag
- Pee Pads
- Belly Band or Sanity Diaper
- Nibble Sized Treats for Distraction
- Chew Bone or Bully Stick
- State ID
- First Aid Kit
3” x 3” Gauze pads
cohesive flexible bandage
latex gloves or hypoallergenic gloves
iodine wipes or rubbing alcohol
content/data card about your pup
2” x 5” yards Roll Adhesive Tape
8” x 10” Re-sealable Bag
8) Microchip Information and Vital Stats
Core Body temperature
Weight / hight
vet & vaccination data
- Lead/Collar/Harness Set with Data Tags
- Whistle, Clicker or Squeak Toy
- Crate or Carrier
As I researched more about doggie travel, I realized how important it is to obtain a canine identification card that looks like an ID from the state you reside. This fun, novelty card is like a drivers license for you pup, without the access to a car. For all the details check out http://www.mypetdmv.com. In one easy card, you can put all of your pups vital data that are needed if you plan on crossing a boarder. Plus, for only $19.95 plus shipping, this may be a life saver in the event that you and your pup get separated.
Traveling by car? Long car rides can be torture for nervous pups. Help them enjoy the trip with chew sticks or toys. Be sure to check on them to make sure they are not tearing up whatever you’ve given them to entertain themselves. Take frequent stops for pee and stretch breaks and water. It is always good to re-check for any choking hazards (i.e. torn up toys, collars, blankets, etc.). Feeding your pup at least 30 minutes can help aid any upset stomach issues, plus a full tummy can trigger your pup to nap for the beginning of the ride. You can make the ride easier by placing your pup in a safety harness attached to a seatbelt or enclosed in their travel carrier or crate.
Plane travel can bring up a myriad of added to do’s for you and your pup. Check with your airline for their specific rules and requirements.
Buses and trains often have very specific rules about pet companions. For instance, Amtrak and Greyhound do not allow pets unless they are service dogs.
Conversely, cruses often offer extra special perks for fur-baby companions including beds, activities. Ask your concierge for details.
As a side note, many people will ask (hopefully) to pet your pup. Try to politely say no. Even though many dogs are very excited to meet new people, travel is very hard on your fur-baby and as a result even the sweetest pup may nip a stranger. Wait until you have settled and you and your pup can relax into their travel destination.
Remember, that even though travel can be fun, it is also difficult for a pup to uproot their routine and change their environment. Be prepared and you’ll both enjoy your stay more.
Happy & Safe Travel,
From all of us here at the LITTLE DOG RETREAT
Paw Friendly travel Directory
Pet Travel – Passports, Vaccinations & Guidelines
Pet Welcome – Paw Friendly Hotels
Pet Friendly Travel – General Info & Accommodations
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