5 Tips on Traveling with Fido this Summer
With Memorial Day weekend approaching (and unofficially kicking off the summer season) it’s time to start thinking about ways to make travel accommodations for pup. Whether taking them along for an adventure or finding the best place to board them, it’s important to take the time necessary to research the best ways to keep your dog happy and healthy. Keep reading for tips on taking your pooch camping, visiting family, staying overnight at hotels, enjoying water activities, or boarding them this summer.
When it comes to camping with your dog, the best defense is a good offense. Before you plan your trip research the site to ensure it’s a good fit for your pet. Some campgrounds only allow dogs on leash or prohibit them altogether so it’s best to check out sites ahead of your trip. Also know the surroundings and what to lookout for, including rattlesnakes, ticks, and nearby roads (even if they’re not usually traveled). Don’t forget to bring along a first aid kit as well that includes tweezers and oil (tick removal), blankets (for treating shock), and piece of paper with the number to the nearest vet.
Today there are many pet-friendly hotels to choose from, including most La Quinta Inn’s, Double Tree Resorts, and Travel Lodges. When traveling with your pet and staying in a hotel the basic rules of home apply: pets need regular restroom breaks, exercise, and food & water. It’s also a good idea to reserve a ground floor room so Fido doesn’t have to take the stairs, and be sure to bring along something from home to help them feel more comfortable (dog bed or favorite blanket and a chew toy).
The best way to start acclimating your pet to summertime water activities is start with the basics – bath time! If they love taking a bath at home they’ll positively associate with water. Once your pet is comfortable with bath time and backyard sprinklers, consider taking them to beach day. It’s important to keep a close eye on your pet always, and particularly in the water. If you’re enjoying a lake always lookout for boats and other dangers, and if enjoying the ocean watch out for shore breaks and waves – if it’s too much for a human to handle it’s too much for a dog to handle!
If you’re looking forward to visiting family or enjoying a reunion this summer, it’s best to look at all your options where your pet is concerned. If the visit involves a large group of people consider your pet’s disposition. If they’re not socially adjusted and don’t do well with other people or dogs, explore boarding and pet sitting options. Also, call ahead to the family member’s home or event space to ensure pets are indeed welcome, and what you should bring aside from food and water (shade, dog toys, dog pen or kennel, etc.).
Not all dogs were made for travel. If your pet experiences high levels of anxiety when traveling or your trip is not conducive to pets, consider boarding them. Make sure you research the reviews of kennels to make sure it’s a good fit, and make sure vaccinations are up to date. It’s also important to send your dog with something familiar to keep (toy or blanket) and stay calm when dropping them off.
It’s A Dog’s World K-9 Academy can help train your dog to have the basic obedience habits that will help them be a good traveler. If staying in Southern California consider Vinjon’s Kennel, adjacent to It’s A Dog’s World. For more information visit www.itsadogsworld.biz.