A vacation is a perfect time to bond with your family. As it turns out, you can plan a vacation to bond with your furry friend too.
After being cooped up in the house for a long time, dogs need a change of scenery as much as we do.
Dogs tend to feel bored and feel anxious. And if they continue to feel the same way, they may develop destructive habits over time. And sometimes, they go stir crazy to release their pent-up energy and frustration.
That said, your furry friend could really benefit from a vacation away from home. And here’s how to plan it the right way.
#1 Know Your Dog Well
Not all dogs enjoy traveling. If your dog has spent better years of its life at home, a change of scenery might make them nervous and anxious. Also, some dogs don’t feel comfortable riding in a car or being confined in a crate on a plane.
If your dog can’t even sit through a ride to the grocery store, it won’t be a good idea to make him ride shotgun on a long trip.
But if your dog loves to stick his head out of the window and enjoy the wind in his hair, that’s a positive sign.
If you plan to take a flight, make sure your dog can sit comfortably in a crate throughout the journey and not have separation anxiety.
Plus, make sure your pet is fully vaccinated and are perfectly healthy.
#2 Choosing The Destination
Some dogs enjoy the mountains, while others open up at the beach. It’s not a difficult decision to make as long as you know which breed your dog is. Sled dogs love the cold weather. It won’t be wrong to say that they feel right at home in the mountains.
So, if you have an Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, St. Bernard or Tibetan Mastiff, you should probably drive off to the hills.
Other breeds feel fairly comfortable in balmy weather can be taken to the beach. If your dog is the second kind, visiting Kitty Hawk in North Carolina is a great idea.
This quaint little town has sprawling beaches where your dog can run free. However, certain beaches require you to put your dog on a leash. So check with the local authorities before heading out.
#3 Getting A Crate For Your Dog
At any rate, you are going to need a crate for your dog while traveling via bus, train or plane. If you don’t’ have it already, purchase a good one from a pet store near you.
The crate should have enough room for your dog to stand, turn around and lie down. Make sure it is strong enough to carry your dog’s weight and has ergonomic handles. Inspect the crate from inside for any kind of protrusions that could hurt your dog.
The bottom of the crate should be padded with waterproof material. Make sure the crate has adequate ventilation on the sides. The crate should also carry a “Live Animal” label along with your contact details to ensure your dog’s safety during transit.
Don’t forget to slip in your dog’s favorite toy to keep him engaged.
#4 Buying Comfortable Clothes
Buying comfortable clothes for your pooch would add excitement to your trip. You can hang out with your furry friend in style.
Moreover, you’ll have the chance to take memorable pictures together that you can definitely add to your family photo album. Matching an outfit with your pup would be a cherry on top.
Final Words Of Advice
Dogs are unpredictable. Some may even have a quick fuse. You never know for sure if they are going to behave or act out while traveling. So, try short trips first and see how it turns out.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.