It’s true what they say, dogs really are a best friend. Not only do they spend all of their time following you around for constant affection, but they bring so much fun and character to your daily routine that you just can’t imagine not having them there!
It’s never nice knowing you have to leave your beloved friend behind when it comes to going on holiday, especially if they’re staying at the local kennels or doggy day care centre. Imagine how amazing it would be to take your four-legged friend on your trip with you! Well, you can, especially if it’s a camping style trip.
“Imagine how amazing it would
be to take your four-legged friend
on your trip with you!”
Here is a selection of key things to remember when taking your happy hound on your travels!
Train Your Furry-Friend
One of the most important things to do before you take your dog on a trip is to train them. It doesn’t have to be Cruft’s standards, but if you don’t train your dog before your holiday you will experience some considerable stress. The basics are all you need, from ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, to simply making sure they stay by your side when other animals, or food, are close by. By having your dog trained throughout your trip, you’ll notice that you have a much more relaxed. Enjoyable holiday!
Pack the Essentials
When you take your dog on your travels, you need to remember a few essential items to keep them going. There are the basic items such as dog bowls, a water bowl, dog lead, hairbrush and towels. You then have the other essential items that are often forgotten, such as dog food, biscuits, dog treats and of course, your dog’s favorite toys!
By having items such as your dog’s favorite toys, you’ll be able to make them feel comfortable and settled within the vehicle.
Give Them Space
It may seem like a strange piece of advice, but when travelling with your furry friend you need to make sure they have plenty of space. If you’re travelling in a camper van or caravan, let them have plenty of floor space to roll around, play with their toys and relax. You often find that VW T5 conversions provide you with plenty of space to stretch out and relax, which is ideal for your dog too.
Position their bed on the floor and make sure they have a cozy blanket that smells like home down there too. These simple items will make your dog feel more at home and comfortable and less like they’re travelling the open road.
Take it Slow
You may be used to giving your dog multiple shorter walks on a day to day basis, or you may find that one longer walk does the trick. When you go on holiday you find yourself going on longer walks that your dog may initially find straining. Dependent on how much walking they’re used too, take into consideration how your dog is going to feel, going on a 3-hour trek across the countryside. Start your trip with smaller walks and work your way up to longer ones as the holiday progresses. The last thing you want is for your pooch to hurt themselves or become too tired too quickly!
Prepare for Any Weather
The one thing that you can never predict when travelling is the weather. Whilst it may tell you it’s going to be sunny and dry for a whole week, by Wednesday it could be torrential rain and wind. With this in mind, make sure you bring plenty of towels and potentially a coat for your dog, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Take a look at different walking options too, with some that are closer to your stopping point, just in case you have to cut them short due to the weather!
Have you taken your dog on holiday with you?
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