Tips and tricks for traveling with pets this holiday.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time where we get together with families and enjoy the company of loved ones. Often times this includes our furry children or forces us to make plans for them while we are abroad.
To help prevent your holiday travels from getting “ruff,” we’ve gathered a list of fail proof tips to help you and your pets have safe travels this season.
1. Get Your Pup Cleared for Travel
Ensuring that your dog is healthy and good to travel is a must when thinking of going long distance, whether it is by plane, train, or car. A quick check-up at the vet is easy and will put your mind at ease. Make sure you tell your vet which way you plan to travel so they can give you the best recommendation.
2. Taking a Trip in a Car
Short car rides typically aren’t a problem with dogs, but long trips, however, and trips that last hours at a time, require a bit of planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Take a longer trip in the car as a test drive to see how your pup behaves before the longer trip.
- Use either a safety harness or a crate to keep your pup from roaming around in the car. This will make the drive safer for your pup and remove any distractions for yourself while you’re on the road. We suggest solutions like the Pupstop Front Seat Barrier, Pupshield Hammock, Pupboost Lift Harness and Pupboost Car Seat.
- Stop occasionally for a break or two to let your pup stretch his legs and drink small amounts of water. Let them get exercise when the trip is over too. Everyone wants to move around after a long trip!
- Go easy on the amount of water they drink few hours before the car ride to help prevent any in-car potty breaks.
3. Taking a Trip on a Plane
First timer? No problem. Dogs travel on airplanes all the time, but it’s important to know the rules of the airline you’re traveling with as some airlines have tighter restrictions than others and sizing can affect the travel for your pet. Make sure to research the restrictions and recommendations of the airline you’re traveling on to have the most accurate information.
4. Checking Into a Hotel
So, you’ve done the research and found a hotel that accepts your furry friends! Often, these hotels also have good parks, hikes, and areas they can recommend for you to take them. In order to make their stay more comfortable, be sure to pack familiar items for your pets, like a blankets, beds or toys, that will help them feel safe and remind them of home.
5. Choosing a Kennel or a Sitter
Sometimes it’s best to leave your pup at home when you’re doing a holiday travel. If this decision is right for you, there are many ways to help you and your dog feel comfortable while you’re apart. Options like Rover, offer everything from walking and drop-in visits to house sitting and dog boarding. They let you meet with your dog babysitter beforehand and choose schedules, and payments that work for you.
Another option is to find a close friend or neighbor who can watch your dog. This leaves them with someone that you can trust, someone they know, and keeps them in a familiar setting that will alleviate the anxiety of your absence.
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