Our puppy is also considered a member of our family, so it is obvious that we want to take our dog with us on family trips. In the United States, up to ten million pets are taken on family trips with their owners each year.
Pet holiday programs are becoming more and more popular. A lot of hotels have also changed their minds, adding a number of rules to welcome travelers with pets. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has reported that more than 12,000 properties accept pets.
Should you take your dog with you when traveling?
A sick, injured or pregnant pet must be kept at home. In case your dog suffers from motion sickness, or is sensitive, irritable, physically or mentally ill, emotionally unstable when changing his daily routine, you should leave him at home. This makes sense, especially when you have a short, fast tour.
Would the trip be really fun from your pet’s point of view? Will your pet be locked in a hotel room while you are enjoying, sunbathing on the beach or playing roller coaster?
You should keep your dog where he feels most comfortable, such as curling up on the bench, and you can ask a friend or relative to help him. You can also send your dog to pet centers that provide pet care when the owner is away.
The best way is to have an adult look after your dog when you’re away, since teenagers aren’t very reliable, sometimes they may forget to take care of your dog.
You want to have a good time with your dog on a trip, but you may worry about your dog’s inappropriate behavior. You should train your dog to learn to behave well in public places. Puppies are often punished for their bad behavior and are prohibited from causing any trouble.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) encourages owners to train their dogs to interact with people, which will help your puppy feel more free and better understand our human world. You should do your own dog training. This way you can learn how to communicate with your puppy effectively.
Tips to keep in mind when taking your puppy on a trip
Prepare before the trip
You should consult, research and thoroughly study the rules and policies related to pets, such as quarantine laws (meaning that you must have a veterinary certificate that your dog is fine), or know ahead of time restrictions on transportation. Check back a second time to see if the hotel and other expected places of arrival will allow pets.
You may also consider taking your dog to a vet for an implantation. This process does not cause any pain or harm to your dog. An implant under the skin carries all the information needed to identify the dog in case it is lost.
Take your dog for regular checkups to get a health certificate. The dog’s health certificate must be up to date with all the latest information, doctor’s advice, and should contain content stating that the dog is in good health and ensures adequate vaccination.
You should prepare necessary travel supplies, from a dog carrier, to a life jacket, and even a food box. In addition, you need to pay attention to other items, such as reward food, for the dog to have a fun and comfortable journey, ensuring safety during the journey across cities or across countries.
When traveling by car
Although traveling by car will be less dangerous for your pet than flying, you should also note some of the following tips:
Never leave your dog alone in a car. Dogs can be in danger or die if left alone in a vehicle, even in warm weather. On a clear day, 78 degrees F (~ 25.6 degrees C), the temperature inside a car parked in a shade is 90 degrees F (~ 32.2 degrees C) and the temperature can be up to 160 degrees F (~ 71.1 degrees C) in a few minutes when the car is parked in direct sunlight. Your dog can get a heat stroke in just 15 minutes.
To prevent motion sickness, feed your dog a few hours before departure. Do some exercises a few hours before your start so that your dog won’t get hot and thirsty in the car.
Do not let your dog sit in the pickup truck. When you make a sudden stop, your dog will immediately be thrown onto the road. Not to mention the heat radiating from the metal floor can cause burns.
Bring water and ice in the car. Specialized food bowls are widely sold in supermarkets and online shops.
In case of dog motion sickness, you should ask your veterinarian to prescribe medication for the dog. Or you can also give your dog ginger tablets, which are very effective.
You should keep your dog stable, even with a restraint specifically designed for dogs, which is easy to find at pet stores.
Never leave the car doors or windows open. Countless puppies have been lost because they jumped out of the car when the owners reached the toll booth or stop by the street.
Limit your dog from walking around.
Make sure the air conditioning system in the car is working well, and always turned on when running.
Do not let your dog put his head out of the window. You can use a wire mesh, fitted to the vehicle’s window.
When traveling by plane
We think flying is the fastest and least stressful means. But for puppies, it’s the exact opposite. Your pet will have to be kept in a cage during the flight. You should only choose to fly when there is no other option. Because being in a cage is very dangerous for your dog, in some cases it can be fatal.
The healthy development of puppies is due to healthy living habits. This habit will not be affected much when you and your dog is away. When going to a tourist attraction, you should take your dog for a walk, play in the yard, give him clean water and nutritious food (preferably the same food he was fed at home)., Only feed your dog a different type of food when you have no other option, because this will not be good for your dog’s stomach. Wash the food tray clean.
Remind your dog to be obedient when visiting tourist destinations. You should also obey the law about dog leash. If your dog is barking loudly, you should not leave him alone in the room at the hotel. In case you leave the dog in the hotel room (for safety reasons), you should inform the reception or the hotel representative.
Illness or injury
It is a good idea to know veterinary locations around the area you plan to visit. You should also print a map of the veterinary clinic to get there as quickly as possible in an emergency.
When taking a boat / ship
Don’t forget to wear a life jacket for your dog. Although dogs are excellent swimmers, they can be exhausted, and may drown. Life jackets are especially important for dogs that are prone to seizures or other health problems, or if they are traveling on a boat for the first time.