Our third entry in this series provides some helpful hints to keep your pup active during your trip. This information really became more of a checklist of helpful hints as there are so many things to consider. Here goes:
Be sure to call ahead to the places you will be stopping to make sure they allow dogs- especially dogs of any size, provided you have a larger pup. This will eliminate confusion or frustration during the trip. Also, does the hotel you are staying at require an additional deposit because your dog is staying with you? It is way better to find this out up front rather than when you’re checking in.
Do the places you’re visiting require you to show proof of vaccination/rabies? It’s best to have a certificate from your vet with you so you’re ready if the situation arises.
Book time to spend with your dog. Schedule it on your calendar. You’ll both be happier - trust me! Activities to include walking on a trail, going to a dog park, perhaps going to a doggy social hour, or swimming in the ocean!
Don’t leave your dog alone in a hotel room, even in a crate. Your dog may begin to bark and that could end your stay at that hotel rapidly. This also goes for leaving your dog in the car – just don’t. It’s not safe.
Does your dog have good manners? Will she go potty when you ask her to or walk on a loose leash? If not, you should begin training a couple of months prior to leaving. You want your dog to be a good citizen and basic manners go a long way. These manners can also include either ignoring someone when they pass by or gently saying Hello after approval.
Your dog should have a collar on at all times during your trip. Her collar should include her name and your correct contact information.
Are you traveling to an area where your pup might encounter fleas or ticks? If so, be sure to pack repellent.
That’s it for our tips today. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry – Vacay with your Puppay – Sending your pup to dog camp or a doggy hotel during your trip. If you’re like more information about our meal plans, click here. Thanks so much for reading our post!