Seven dog-friendly Easter holiday travel tips to make travel comfortable for your pooch
Canine Cottages digital PR manager Shannon Keary said: “With international travel still uncertain, more and more people will be taking long trips across the UK with their furry friends this year.
“Travelling with dogs can be a stressful time, with many dogs feeling anxious or uncomfortable in the car. We hope these dog-friendly travel tips will help anyone looking to take their dog on vacation know how to keep their pooches safe and sound during their trip.
Before bringing your dog, it is important to do your own research on the area you are traveling to.
A good idea would be to check out dog-friendly attractions, pubs and events before your trip and find out what walks and activities you’d like to do while there.
It is very important to be prepared for the worst scenarios while you are away.
Having pet insurance is the most reliable way to make sure you’re covered if something happens to your pet while you’re away.
It’s also a good idea to find out where the nearest veterinary office is just in case.
3 – Secure your dog while driving
Many people let their dog run free in the car, but having a crate, harness, or pad for your pet to sit in comfortably will make the long journey safer and more comfortable for you and your pet.
It can also help prevent your dog from driving away from you, or worse, slipping away to sit with you behind the wheel.
4 – Stop for regular breaks
Just like humans, dogs also need breaks during long journeys, so be sure to make frequent stops once in a while so your dog can take a bathroom break and stretch his legs.
5 – Never leave your dog alone
This is one of the most important tips: never leave your dog alone in the car, even with an open window, because cars can get extremely hot in the summer, and it can only take 15 minutes for a dog suffered fatal heat stroke.
Even in the colder months, leaving your dog alone can leave him vulnerable to theft, so never leave him unattended.
6 – Take plenty of water and treats
Having fresh water while traveling is essential for your dog to stay hydrated, so always be sure to take bottled water and give it to your pet during your breaks.
If you’re traveling for long hours, make sure you have food available and reward your dog with treats if he’s well-behaved too.
Travel can take its toll on dogs, so things like sticking to the same feeding and walking routine you have at home can really help your dog relax when he’s not. his home.
Be sure to give your dog plenty of love, and cuddling will also help him relax in unfamiliar surroundings.