When pet owners wanted to go on vacation they used to have little choice but to find a dog sitter or board their furry friends at kennels. Today this is no longer the case. Far more motels accept dogs and other companion animals, making road trips and dog travel in general much easier. There are, however, a few things that pet owners should keep in mind when they are planning their next big trip.
Food and Water
Animals can sometimes become uncomfortable with unfamiliar surroundings, and their owners rarely know exactly what they are going to find in terms of pet stores and pit stops. It’s a good idea to have both the dog’s regular food on hand and a good supply of water in the car, just in case. A few favorite treats can go a long way toward improving the trip for everyone involved as well.
Plenty of Stops
It’s important that both dogs and their owners have some time to relax and stretch their legs, particularly on long road trips. That may mean devoting some extra time on bathroom breaks to going for a longer walk, or finding a secluded field for a game of fetch. It may seem like a hassle during the planning phase of the trip, but after hours in a cramped car owners are usually just as happy about the extra pit-stops as their pets are.
Don’t Forget a Towel
Vacations often involve visits to the beach or hikes in the woods, which is great for dogs. It can be a little less than pleasant for the owners if there are not sufficient old towels or clothes around to dry off muddy paws before everyone gets back into the car, though. Dogs are unlikely to follow the accepted social conventions of their owners when it comes to respecting other people’s living space, making it the owner’s responsibility to ensure that dogs are not tracking unwanted mud all over houses and hotels.
Proper ID Tags
In many areas it is illegal not to have proper registration and proof of at least rabies vaccines for a dog. It’s important to be sure that all vaccines are up-to-date prior to travel, but it’s also important that the animal’s ID tags reflect this.