How to Travel Comfortably With Your Dog
Vacation season is on its way. As you make plans to hit the road or take to the skies, you may be considering taking your favorite adventure companion along for the ride.
We know your dog is just as excited for the new experience as you. That’s why we’ve compiled these tips and tricks to help you take your dog with you wherever you go this summer.
RESEARCH PET FRIENDLINESS
More places are pet friendly than you might realize. Many hotels, restaurants, attractions have their pet policies listed on their websites and social media channels. But if you’re ever unsure, don’t be afraid to call.
Pet friendliness ranges from restrictions based on weight and breed to play areas and facilities. Hotels, car rentals, and airlines may allow your dog to accompany you, but it may have a cost implication. Knowing before you go will help make your trip go more smoothly.
FIND WAYS TO ENGAGE YOUR PET
Whether you’re flying or driving there are ways to help your dog enjoy the journey. Several airports have pet friendly amenities including pet relief areas and even in concourse dog parks.
If you’re driving, there are many apps that can help you find trails and pet friendly facilities. Your dog will need opportunities for hydration and relief along the way. Make those necessary stops an opportunity to unleash adventure! For more tips about planning a road trip with your dog, check out our recent blog post here.
PACK FOR YOUR PUP
We can’t make it through security or check into a hotel without the right documentation. It’s important to take identification and in some cases, shot records with you when you travel with your pet. Your veterinarian can help you get a copy of shot records and help you make sure you have your dog’s medications for the trip.
It’s also important to consider what your dog will need to travel as well as what they might need when you reach your destination. Leashes, collars, seat covers, bowls, food, and possibly a carrier are a good start to the list. Stick to your regular food and medications throughout your trip to help avoid any digestive issues. Treats and toys can help your dog cope through all new environments they will encounter. Don’t forget to make sure tags and microchip information are up to date before your adventure begins.
DON’T FORGET BASIC NEEDS
Hydration and bathroom breaks are as big of a deal for your dog as they are for you. The tight area on a plane or long hours in a moving vehicle can often cause us to forget those basic needs. Consider bringing bottled water and collapsible bowls to make hydration easy. Scheduling and planning bathroom stops can also help make your trip more enjoyable for everyone.
These days, traveling with your dog is easier than ever. Save the money you’d spend on a kennel and take them along for the adventure. And don’t forget to pack your dog’s favorite Black Gold Explorer formula so that they’ll be fueled for everything you’ve got planned. Unleash adventure this vacation season.