Holidays are best when the whole family goes away, and this means taking your fur-friend with you. With pet insurance, websites such as Holidaying with Dogs and an increase in pet-friendly hotels, cafes, restaurants and attractions across the globe, taking your pet with you on a trip has never been easier.
If you have never taken your pooch with you on a holiday before, then a road trip to get them use to the idea of travelling, being on the move and being away from home is highly recommended. Taking them to the beach, park, or somewhere they enjoy is highly encouraged before your trip, so that they learn to enjoy being in the car and associate car trips with positive places.
With just a little bit of pre-planning, you can have the perfect road trip with your pet by your side!
Pre-planning involves travelling short distances with your dog in the car, giving them an assigned seat and getting them accustomed to scheduled breaks. Go for a walk around the block so they can burn off excess energy before getting into the car. Offer lots of praises and give them lots of treats.
You know your dog best, so do whatever it takes to help them associate getting into the car with positive thoughts.
You want the whole experience to be enjoyable for them too, otherwise there is no use taking them with you on a trip.
Air travel with your pet requires a little bit more pre-planning. Road-trips aren’t for everyone, and we understand that for some, unless you’re jetting off to a new location that requires a quick flight, then its really not a holiday.
If you want to plan a getaway with the family and your dog overseas or interstate then the requirements are a little more demanding, but it will all be worthwhile because the trip is guaranteed to be magical.
You should firstly make sure that your pooch is wearing a collar and tag with your contact details. A few weeks before travelling you should also check the airline rules regarding travel with pets and get a health certificate from your vet. You’d be surprised what other additional information some airlines might require from you.
If you are travelling within Australia then your dog will be travelling in cargo, so you should buy a crate and get your dog used to travelling in these conditions before the flight.
On the day, it is recommended you run some lavender oil between your hands and give your dog an aromatherapy massage to calm their nerves. You should also have their favourite toy handy or an abundance of treats.
Avoid food five hours prior to flying, and keep your dog well hydrated. If your dog is travelling in cargo and not with you on the plane, it is recommended that you don’t make the goodbye too overwhelming or emotional, as your pet will sense this and feel anxious and nervous.
Instead you should remain calm and act like nothing is out of the ordinary.
With travelling out of the way, on arrival, the first thing you should do is get your dog to burn off some energy, especially after being on a plane for a long period of time. Get them accustomed to their new surroundings with a walk and allow them to get use to the accommodation.
Show them the bed, and give them a blanket or toy they are familiar with to reduce nerves. Familiar scents will really help them stay calm, which will make the trip more enjoyable.
Holidaying with your pet is a time to make new memories and give them an adventure of a lifetime. Travelling to your destination is the most difficult aspect of the trip, but with these handy tips and tricks, your pet is guaranteed to enjoy the journey and feel at ease.