If you are a dog owner, then there’s a good chance that you enjoy spending as much time with them as possible. Today, it is getting easier and easier to bring man’s (and woman’s) best friend along on holiday, thanks to the wide array of Dog friendly retreats that are now available.
However, if you are planning to travel with your pup, there are a few things you need to do when it comes to making sure you are both happy and healthy during the journey. Keep reading for some helpful tips to ensure you are prepared to travel with your dog.
Remember – Safety First!
Your dog isn’t going to be able to tell you when they are overheated, feeling ill, or dehydrated. As a result, it’s up to you to take steps to keep them safe.
When you are traveling with your dog in a vehicle, be sure they are properly secured in a crate or with a seatbelt harness. It’s not a good idea to let them stick their head out of the window, as there is a risk they may be struck by some object. Also, don’t ever leave your dog alone in a parked vehicle, as they can suffer heatstroke, even on a seemingly cool day.
Select the Right Dog-Friendly Holiday Destination
In some areas, you can find water dishes outside of virtually all restaurants and shops that welcome your dog in to dine. However, in other places you are going to get funny looks and may be asked to leave if you try to take your pup along.
The good news is, with a bit of research, you can find a number of dog-friendly destinations to consider visiting.
Reduce the Possibility Your Dog Will Get Lost
If you are planning a holiday with your dog, you need to make sure they have proper identification on them at all times. If you have not yet invested in a microchip for your dog, then it is a good idea to have this done before you leave.
There are many companies that will even register the microchip nationally and internationally to help ensure you can be reunited with your dog if they happen to get lost. You also need to ensure your dog is wearing a collar with all your information on it. It is a good idea to take along recent photos of the dog, just in case something happens.
Let Your Dog Enjoy the Vacation Too
Regardless of where you plan to go, you can likely find something for your dog to do too. For example, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has a 25,000 square foot facility for dogs. You can even rent a Luxury Suite where your dog is treated like royalty while you are off having fun.
When you let your pup get a bit of pampering too, you will both come back happier and refreshed from the day to day grind that you are both used to. There are also going to be other dogs there for them to play with, which is always a win.
If you are planning to go on holiday with your dog, then be sure to keep the tips and information here in mind. It will help ensure you both have a great time and that no serious issues arise for either of you while vacationing.