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Travelling With Your Dog

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The Christmas holidays are coming up faster we can count (59 days to be exact) and there's a lot of planning that goes into this joyful period. For a lot of people that includes travelling across the town, state or even country. While it may seem easier to leave your furry friends behind, they're a part of your family and always want to be included in the festivities. Traveling with your dog is a wonderful way to create great memories and strengthen the relationship between you, but it can be stressful for you and your canine. There's a lot to consider when taking your pet on the road. 

We wanted to offer some great tips to keep your pet safe, happy and stress-free while you're on the move. 

The Destination
Where are you headed? If you're visiting family or taking a break, you have to make sure your pet is welcome as much as you. This includes dog parks and pet-friendly spaces where your pet can comfortably lay, play and explore. Routine is vital for making your pet feel secure and to keep them well-behaved, so if your furry friend is used to an afternoon walk and then a cuddle on the couch, make sure you can do that during your holiday, too. This goes for feeding time as well, so make sure you've packed everything you need or have access to food and fresh water.

It is also important to familiarise yourself with leash requirements, waste disposal rules, and any specific restrictions related to dogs in public places. Rules differ town to town, and you don't want a council fine or an angry pedestrian to ruin your holiday. 

On the Road

The key to a successful and stress-free holiday is to prioritise your dog's comfort. Pack their favourite toys, bedding, and other familiar items to help them feel secure and relaxed. Ensure your dog has access to fresh water, nutritious food, and regular bathroom breaks, as well. Just like humans, your pet needs to stretch their legs, have a snack and drink some refreshing water.  Traveling can be especially stressful for dogs and their stress can make you stressed, so taking their needs into account is crucial. 

Your pet's needs includes being safe and secure on the road. Use an appropriate pet carrier or seatbelt harness to secure your dog during transit. If you've never used a pet seat before, plan ahead and get familiar with it. Your pet has never been in one either, so give them a chance to get used to it with smaller, easier trips leading up to it. This can reduce anxiety for you and your dog.

To keep your pet and other pets safe, ensure your dog is clean, healthy and friendly. Make sure they're up to date on vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, and that you've packed all of their necessary medications. A canine first-aid kit is never a bad idea either!

No one likes to be uncomfortable when travelling. Ensuring your pet is safe, comfortable and will enjoy their own holiday is best for everyone. Don't forget these important tips when you're ready to hit the road. If you and your pet are on holiday, tag us and let us know on Instagram and Facebook.

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