Useful Summer Vacation Do's And Don'ts For Your Dog

  • 07/06/2018
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Every dog is a part of the family, so it’s the most natural thing to take him with you on a vacation. Still, you have to keep in mind that our dogs have different habits and needs regarding everything, journeys included. No matter if it’s vacation or a business trip, it would be fair to bring your furry friend along, but first, you have to be sure that he’s ready for the trip.

Should I stay or should I go?

Sick, wounded or pregnant dogs should always stay at home. Also, dogs could have motion-sickness, or they can get emotionally excited when they routine is interrupted. In that case, it’s also better to leave them behind, especially if you’ll trip will be a short one, and you won’t be missed so much.

What’s up, doc?

Before every trip, it is mandatory to take your dog to his veterinarian for a check-up, in order to make sure he’s healthy enough to go. Some breeds are not able to travel by plane because they can hardly breathe even in the normal air. Besides that, most of the airline companies require proof of your pet vaccination and health certificate, which mustn't be older than ten days before the trip. There is also a possibility of giving a tranquillizer to your dog for the trip, but it’s risky because its effect on the animal on high altitudes is unpredictable.

Ready to fly?

When travelling whit your dog it’s best to go by car, but sometimes you need to get to your destination fast, so you decide to take a plane. If he boards the plane as a carry-on luggage he will be in a cabin with you in a small carrier, but he will have to be under your seat for the whole time. As a check-in baggage, he’ll travel alone in his crate in a pressurized baggage compartment, which can be a very loud place, and it could be a terrifying experience for him.

Who’s your nanny?

If you decide not to take your dog along, the most common places to him are in kennels and doggy spas, but you’ll have to inform yourself thoroughly about the accommodation. It’s very important to meet the personnel, to make sure they’re able to take care of your pet, because there is a chance that they could be irresponsible, and use pain, fear or startle to deal with the animal. Dog boarding and other better kennels have all the information on their website and are open to questions and special needs. The other option is to hire a dog sitter to watch your dog.

Good boy

No matter if you’ve taken your dog with you or if you left him in someone’s care, you need to ensure that his habits don’t change and that the discipline remains. That means strict rules and demands for the caretaker, but also you need to stick to your obligations toward the dog even if you’re on vacation. Remember, he deserves to enjoy as much as you.

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