Traveling with Puppies
We bought the girls a new puppy for Christmas. I never thought about traveling with her this summer. Sure, you can board your puppy or have someone pet sit, but if you are daring and really like to bring Fido along with your family on vacation, here are a few tips that will make that choice easier.
Make sure that your pup is up to date on all of his or her shots and is licensed.
Just like your car, your family pet must be licensed and registered. Itâ€™s also a must to have your contact information attached so that if they do get lost, they can be found and returned.
Make sure your pooch can ride in the car and not freak out.
That is not a problem for our Lola, she loves to ride in the car and has been on several short 4 hour drives. Our problem is that she thinks she is human. We need to make sure to stop her from trying to drive. Sheâ€™s seen one too many Turner and Hooch movies. Try to drive them to fun destinations around town like the park or some other place, and they can get out and stretch their legs and get a treat for good behavior.
Make sure the dog has enough room to stretch, sit and lie down.
Nothing will make a dog (or a person for that matter) freak out faster than feeling threatened with a lack of space. It sends me into a panic attack myself.
Make sure that your destination is pet friendly.Â
Do this before you leave. There is nothing quite as disappointing as arriving late at night and tired only to find that your pooch is not welcome on the premises.
Bring the necessities.
You will need a sturdy leash to walk your dog, a towel to lie on, snacks, portable dishes for food and water, food, favorite toys and bottled water. Think of it just like taking your toddler somewhere on vacation, minus the pack and play.
Stay on schedule.
Make sure that you remember to feed your dog at their regular scheduled feeding time or you will ruin their entire schedule and yours, too.
Plan on even more potty breaks.
We have two little girls so we have to stop every two to three hours anyways for little people to potty and stretch their legs. Apply these same rules to your dog, only make sure to not let your dog out of the car without a leash unless you want a spooked dog to run into oncoming traffic and meet its untimely demise. That will ruin a vacation pretty quickly.
Do not let your dog stick their head out of the windows on the highway unless you do want your dog to get ear and eye problems. Dogs DO jump out of moving cars, contrary to popular belief. Also, make sure that you have the child locks on at all times. My dog likes to open the windows herself if I donâ€™t. Itâ€™s like sheâ€™s trying to escape or something.
Never leave your dog or your kids alone in the car. One word “HEAT” can kill quickly, even if the window is down. Donâ€™t risk it.
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