Preparing Your Dog for Their First Holiday

Posted: 29 Apr 2022 Human Reading Time: 2 Minutes
Dog Reading Time: 14 Minutes
Preparing Your Dog for Their First Holiday

Yay! It is that time of year again.

Destination? Check.

Tickets? Check.

Bags? Check.

But wait!

What about your new pet pooch? Are they joining you for your upcoming vacation?

A vacation can be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog as long as you make sure they are going to have fun. The key here is to plan and know a few tips about handling and comforting your dog away from home.

Here is some help preparing your dog for its first holiday!

6 Tips to Prepare Your Dog for Their First Holiday

1.    Keep Collar and Tags

Carry an up-to-date dog collar, tag, and microchip for your dog. You should always ensure the microchip details of your dog are verified. If your dog goes missing, someone can scan the chip and get in touch with your provided contact details.

It is also a legal requirement to travel in some countries to get a pet passport, tick treatment certificate, and an up-to-date microchip.

2.  Visit Your Vet

It is important to make sure your dog is healthy before you take them away and that they are fully up-to-date with their vaccinations. Ask your vet whether any additional vaccinations are advisable, depending on where you are going and what you will be doing there.

Your vet will also be able to provide advice on any medication or precautions that might be necessary if you are travelling abroad.

3.  Pack All the Essentials

Start with the basics: you will need enough food and water for the entire duration of your trip. Do not forget spare bowls and bedding. You will also need any medicines that your dog is currently taking. Carry flea/tick treatment, grooming products, disinfectants, and cleaning accessories. Make sure you have a supply of plastic bags for disposing of waste.

4.  Do Not Forget Their Favourite Toys

Toys are a great way to keep your dog entertained when away from home. It is essential to take their favourite toys as familiar objects will make them feel more relaxed in new environments. Make sure that toys are not old and damaged; broken pieces can be dangerous if swallowed.

5.  Choose a Dog-Friendly Stay

The last thing you want is to drive up to a hotel only to find out they don’t allow pets.

Ensure that the hotel or destination you plan to visit is pet friendly. Many hotels around the world have opened their doors to pets, which makes it easier for you to travel with your pooch. Before booking any hotel, check the reviews of other pet owners who have taken their dogs there.

6.  Get Them Used to Spend Time in a Crate

If your dog isn’t used to spending time in a crate, this might be something you want to work on. Before heading on the trip, make your dog spend some time in a crate so that it will not feel uncomfortable when on the trip.

And that’s it! You are all set to take your very vacation with your dear four-legged friend.

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