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If you are planning a big road trip and plan to take your canine companion with you, make sure you plan ahead to ensure a smooth journey for both of you. Here are some top tips on travelling with dogs large and small.
Bring everything you need for your dog
Although you will probably be able to purchase most things as you go, try to bring at least the essentials with you at the start. Not only will it save money but will ensure the dog has a pleasant journey with the food he likes and the bowls, toys and bed he recognises. Don’t forget your pet passport if you are leaving the country, and bring his medical records in case you need to go to the vet.
Plan your accommodation in advance
If you are taking a camper van or tent on your trip, there are plenty of campsites that allow dogs, so you shouldn’t have too much of a problem finding somewhere nice to stay. However, if you plan on using hostels, motels or guest houses, check them out thoroughly before you get there. Even if they say they take dogs, they may not be all that pet friendly, and might stick you in the grubbiest room in the place as a result.
Plan for safety
Going away with your dog means you will need to walk him morning and night every day. This means you need to prepare for walks in remote locations, potentially in the dark, so take a torch and some reflective clothing to keep yourself safe. Check any information available on the crime rates in the areas you are passing through if you can, and avoid stepping out in a potentially dangerous area after dark whenever you can.
Depending on where you are going, you will find attitudes to dogs vary wildly from one place to another. Europe, for instance, is fairly dog tolerant, and many of their attractions and tourist spots still allow dogs on leads. The USA, on the other hand, has many places that have banned dogs entirely, although if you look carefully enough you’ll still be able to find plenty to do with your canine companion. If you do want to go to a ‘no dogs’ attraction, then check the local area for doggy daycare facilities, as it is not a good idea to leave your pooch shut in the car or camper for a long period of time.
You don’t always have to eat in the car
Many restaurants that have outdoor seating will allow dogs to dine with their owners, so don’t think you are confined to lunching in your vehicle or at the local park. If you are eating most of your meals in the car or camper, try to plan your shopping trips to catch the coolest part of the day. This way your dog wont be as likely to overheat whilst you are stocking up on your provisions. Some supermarkets allow dogs to be tied up outside, which is an option in an emergency, but many dogs will find this distressing so try to avoid it where you can.
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