It’s almost summertime! As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, you’ll be looking forward to some out-of-town adventures with your favourite floof! Whether you’re visiting friends for the weekend or hitting the road for longer, taking your dog with you can be a lot of fun! Follow our top 4 tips for stress-free travels with your four-legged friend


First things first! The idea of inviting your pet along as your travel buddy is exciting, but is it a good idea to bring them along on your next trip? Let’s answer this important question before making any plans...

Should your pup come along for the ride?

Your pup is an important member of your family, so it’s normal that you’d want them to join you on your next trip - right? As much as you love to spend time with your pup, it’s a good idea to consider if your travel plans are appropriate for your pet to come along with you. 

If you’ve got a road trip planned and your pet feels comfortable spending time in the car, then they may be thrilled to join you on your next adventure! But if you’re going to be travelling by air, sea or train, or your plans may cause distress or discomfort for your pup, you can find a safe and trusted place for your dog to stay whilst you’re away. Do you have a local friend or family member who would love to take care of your companion? If not, check out your local kennels or doggy daycare centre. These places are designed for keeping your dog entertained and looked after for the duration of your stay. Plus, they’ll get to meet some new doggy friends and explore new surroundings.

Secondly, you should assess the health condition and age of your pet. If your puppy is young and eager to explore, then it’s likely that they will fare better on the road than your older dog who gets tired quicker, and has more trouble adjusting to new surroundings

Once you’ve decided if your pup will be coming along for the ride, scroll down for our top 4 tips for travelling with your dog


1) Take them on a trial trip to get them familiar 

If you’re not quite sure if your pet is ready to join you on your next trip, it’s a great idea to test the waters by taking them on a mini trip or outing. Try taking them on a day out with you in the car, to see how they react and adjust to being on the road, and being in unfamiliar surroundings. If they are a bit apprehensive at first, don’t sweat it. Like all new things in life, it may take your pup a bit of getting used to. Either way, this will be a great learning curve for the both of you! You’ll be sure to discover ways to improve and adjust the way you travel together, and the next trip is bound to run smoother! 

For more information about understanding your dog’s needs and wants, check our our blog post.

2) Stock up on supplies

For any dog or human, the easiest way to have a stress-free trip is to prepare! Start to plan ahead for your adventure by gathering essential items that your pup will need for the journey. But remember, you don’t need to go on a huge shopping spree! To decide on what to take with you, it’s a good idea to make a list of items based on these three categories:

The absolute essentials: food, water, bowls, dog lead, medication if you dog takes any, dog waste bags

The creature comforts: your dog’s comfy bed, favourite toy, some tasty and nutritious dog snacks, a soft blanket 

The travel extras: a towel for your dog and a first aid kit in case any accidents happen



3) Keep their safety in mind

We know how exciting it can be preparing for a holiday or trip out of town! But before you pack your bags and get ready to go, there are a few final things to remember to keep your pet safe

Lost and found
Make sure that your pet has a named collar with your contact information on it! In the event that your curious pup wanders off or goes out of your sight for a moment, someone will be able to find you and reunite you both! 

Take note
Whether you’re travelling to the next town or across the country, it’s a good idea to save your vet’s contact information, in case you need to contact them whilst you’re away. You should also make a note of any health conditions or medication that your dog takes, in the event that your dog requires any medical attention. 

Are you planning your first road trip with your pup? Head over to the Animal Trust website for more on-the-road safety tips!


4) Try your best to maintain a routine

Holidays are exciting! When else do you get to escape from work and the repetition of your everyday life? Having fun and making memories should be your priority! 

However, to ensure that you and your dog have a stress-free vacation, try your best to maintain a routine whilst you’re away. Keep up with set meal times for your pup, take regular breaks when you’re on the road, and don’t forget to get those daily walks in! The familiarity of a routine will make your pup feel more at ease in their new surroundings. 

If you’re not sure where to start with introducing a routine, check out our blog post!

 


Got any extra travel tips and tricks?

After you’ve read our top four travel tips, we hope you’re feeling prepared for your next adventure with your pup! Have you been on a trip with your pet? What made your trip a great success, or what would you do better next time? Let us know in the comments!

We would love to see you and your fluffy friend’s travel setup! Tag us in your pictures or stories on Instagram and we will share our favourites! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content!

 

It’s almost summertime! As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, you’ll be looking forward to some out-of-town adventures with your favourite floof! Whether you’re visiting friends for the weekend or hitting the road for longer, taking your dog with you can be a lot of fun! Follow our top 4 tips for stress-free travels with your four-legged friend


First things first! The idea of inviting your pet along as your travel buddy is exciting, but is it a good idea to bring them along on your next trip? Let’s answer this important question before making any plans...

Should your pup come along for the ride?

Your pup is an important member of your family, so it’s normal that you’d want them to join you on your next trip - right? As much as you love to spend time with your pup, it’s a good idea to consider if your travel plans are appropriate for your pet to come along with you. 

If you’ve got a road trip planned and your pet feels comfortable spending time in the car, then they may be thrilled to join you on your next adventure! But if you’re going to be travelling by air, sea or train, or your plans may cause distress or discomfort for your pup, you can find a safe and trusted place for your dog to stay whilst you’re away. Do you have a local friend or family member who would love to take care of your companion? If not, check out your local kennels or doggy daycare centre. These places are designed for keeping your dog entertained and looked after for the duration of your stay. Plus, they’ll get to meet some new doggy friends and explore new surroundings.

Secondly, you should assess the health condition and age of your pet. If your puppy is young and eager to explore, then it’s likely that they will fare better on the road than your older dog who gets tired quicker, and has more trouble adjusting to new surroundings

Once you’ve decided if your pup will be coming along for the ride, scroll down for our top 4 tips for travelling with your dog


1) Take them on a trial trip to get them familiar 

If you’re not quite sure if your pet is ready to join you on your next trip, it’s a great idea to test the waters by taking them on a mini trip or outing. Try taking them on a day out with you in the car, to see how they react and adjust to being on the road, and being in unfamiliar surroundings. If they are a bit apprehensive at first, don’t sweat it. Like all new things in life, it may take your pup a bit of getting used to. Either way, this will be a great learning curve for the both of you! You’ll be sure to discover ways to improve and adjust the way you travel together, and the next trip is bound to run smoother! 

For more information about understanding your dog’s needs and wants, check our our blog post.

2) Stock up on supplies

For any dog or human, the easiest way to have a stress-free trip is to prepare! Start to plan ahead for your adventure by gathering essential items that your pup will need for the journey. But remember, you don’t need to go on a huge shopping spree! To decide on what to take with you, it’s a good idea to make a list of items based on these three categories:

The absolute essentials: food, water, bowls, dog lead, medication if you dog takes any, dog waste bags

The creature comforts: your dog’s comfy bed, favourite toy, some tasty and nutritious dog snacks, a soft blanket 

The travel extras: a towel for your dog and a first aid kit in case any accidents happen



3) Keep their safety in mind

We know how exciting it can be preparing for a holiday or trip out of town! But before you pack your bags and get ready to go, there are a few final things to remember to keep your pet safe

Lost and found
Make sure that your pet has a named collar with your contact information on it! In the event that your curious pup wanders off or goes out of your sight for a moment, someone will be able to find you and reunite you both! 

Take note
Whether you’re travelling to the next town or across the country, it’s a good idea to save your vet’s contact information, in case you need to contact them whilst you’re away. You should also make a note of any health conditions or medication that your dog takes, in the event that your dog requires any medical attention. 

Are you planning your first road trip with your pup? Head over to the Animal Trust website for more on-the-road safety tips!


4) Try your best to maintain a routine

Holidays are exciting! When else do you get to escape from work and the repetition of your everyday life? Having fun and making memories should be your priority! 

However, to ensure that you and your dog have a stress-free vacation, try your best to maintain a routine whilst you’re away. Keep up with set meal times for your pup, take regular breaks when you’re on the road, and don’t forget to get those daily walks in! The familiarity of a routine will make your pup feel more at ease in their new surroundings. 

If you’re not sure where to start with introducing a routine, check out our blog post!

 


Got any extra travel tips and tricks?

After you’ve read our top four travel tips, we hope you’re feeling prepared for your next adventure with your pup! Have you been on a trip with your pet? What made your trip a great success, or what would you do better next time? Let us know in the comments!

We would love to see you and your fluffy friend’s travel setup! Tag us in your pictures or stories on Instagram and we will share our favourites! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content!

 

By Milly Osborne

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