If you are planning on bringing your dog along with you on your road trip this holiday season, here are some helpful tips that might make your trip more enjoyable for the whole family.
First, Make sure that the hotel, motel or campsite allows dogs on the premises and ask for any rules they may have.
Second, restrain your dog in the car at all times either by using a chest harness or a secured crate.
- Seatbelts save lives!
- Reduces driver distraction
- Unsecured pets become projectiles
Another thing to consider is what to bring on your trip:
- First aid kit, poop and scoop bags
- Dog food and water (don’t forget the bowls)
- Chew toys
- Collar with ID tags
- Crate and bedding
- Vaccination records.
- You might also need cleaning supplies in case of any accidents.
Be aware that there are other people staying in the hotel, ensure that your dog is not left barking in your room.
Be aware of any wildlife in the area – your city dog may be extremely curious when he sees a porcupine!
Stop and let your dog stretch his/her legs over the course of the day!
Stick to your dog’s regular diet, don’t overindulge him/her with treats, being with you is treat enough!
Don’t feel guilty if you choose to leave at pet at home. Some animals would prefer relaxing at home with a pet sitter over traveling in a hot/cold car.
This information is provided by Bark Busters Home Dog Training – the world’s largest, most trusted dog training company. More information can be obtained by contacting your local behaviour therapist at 1-866-418-4584 / Cell: 613-531-2546, or by visiting barkbusters.ca