5 Top Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

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Have a dog you’re too attached to? We totally get it!

If you’re going away on a trip, bringing your furry friend with you is more simple than you think! Here are 5 top tips for traveling with your dog.

Plan Regular Bathroom Breaks

We all know how stressful traveling can be. If you’re off on a long road trip, it’s important that you plan plenty of bathroom breaks throughout. Before heading out the door, make sure to teach your pooch how to relieve themselves on multiple surfaces.

Having the ability to use different terrains such as gravel and concrete will help alleviate their discomfort. Also, make sure to bring a supply of bags to clean up their mess.

If you’re not driving but flying, try to get your dog to go to the bathroom before boarding, at least once but maybe twice. A friend’s dog recently pooped in the check-in line. Oops! Try to do what you can to avoid that situation.

Bring Toys and Games

Keeping your dog entertained on a long trip can be challenging if you don’t have the right tools in place. To prevent boredom, providing your pooch with a few new toys and some old favorites can help them stay happy and content when in the car. Young children and dogs are similar in the sense that they need lots of fun activities and games to play to keep them occupied, so make sure to pack plenty of games and toys for the trip.

Pack Food and Water

Keeping your dog happy and healthy as you travel is important, so make sure to pack a supply of their regular food. Keeping your dog hydrated throughout the trip is crucial, so ensure you have plenty of water at hand. You may also want to consider probiotic dog treats which are loaded with health benefits for your canine companion.

Get Them Used to Traveling

If your dog hasn’t been in your car for long durations, it’s best to get them used to your vehicle with a few short trips before you go traveling. The last thing you want is for your dog to get carsickness during travel, and to avoid this happening, you should also let your pooch travel on an empty stomach. Keeping your vehicle well ventilated will also make sure your dog is getting plenty of fresh air to keep them cool.

Visit Your Veterinarian

It’s advised to take your dog to the veterinarian before going on an extended trip. Once there, your dog can have a checkup and get all the right vaccinations, which is essential if you’re heading overseas. If you have any worries or concerns, don’t hesitate to tell your veterinarian.

Making sure your pooch is happy and comfortable throughout your travels will naturally be your number one priority. Whether you’re heading on a short trip away, or a family vacation, making sure that your dog is in good health beforehand is crucial, so take these tips on board, but remember to enjoy your adventures!

Search for dog-friendly hotels

Several chains these days are dog-friendly. Aloft hotels, Red Roof Inn, Motel 6, Kimpton Hotels and La Quinta Inn all allow dogs for free. Just make sure you are honest and tell the hotel upfront that a dog is with you, rather than trying to sneak it in!

Have you traveled with a dog before? Where did you go? How difficult was it? Let us know it the comments below.

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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