Tips to Have a Fun Trip With Your Dog

Do you know who can be a good travel buddy? Dogs. Although the ride may need extra planning, a trip with your canine best friend can create great memories. Before you hop in your car and hit the road with your dog, follow these steps to ensure it’s a safe and fun trip for you both.

Book pet-friendly accommodations.

Obviously, part of the journey is your destination, and even planning your own accommodation is tricky. It can even get more difficult when you’re searching for pet-friendly lodging. Not all hotels accept pets, including most Airbnb places. Thus, you need to do research. Just a quick tap on the Internet can be a great help to do the task. You can also reach out to the hotels nearby your destinations and ask about their pet policies, rules, and possible fees.

Aside from lodging, you might also like to research places you can bring your dog. This includes restaurants, campsites, rest-stops, beaches, and other locations. Websites like Bring Fido can help you make your trip a success.

Plan activities.

Now that you have your destinations mapped out, it’s time to choose some activities to do with your dog. Of course, choosing activities can also affect your destinations.

Here are some activities you can do with your dogs:

  • Hiking with dogs
  • Going to dog parks
  • Shopping with your dog
  • Attending dog events
  • Canoeing
  • Taking Your Dog For A Swim
  • Camping

 

Pack a bag for your dog.

It’s unanimous: Dogs need their own travel bag. Make sure to pack all the things your dog needs during the trip. Here’s a quick list:

  • Water Bowl
  • Travel Kennel or Crate
  • Your dog's regular food
  • Medications
  • Poop Bags
  • Tags, a collar, and a leash
  • Bags to pick up waste
  • Medical records
  • Grooming supplies
  • Dog Bed
  • Favorite chew toys
  • Towel
  • Shampoo or waterless shampoo
  • Flea and tick spray for hiking
  • Treats

To get the best of the trip, bring the finest stuff with you. With your dog’s food bowl, it is better to pack one that is functional for your trip. During the trip, you might find your dog wanting to eat too fast. To avoid having your dog bloating or throwing up in the middle of the trip, you might try slow-feed dog bowls to help with this situation. Happy eating, happy trip!

Here’s a quick tip: Don’t forget to bring your dog’s favorite toy with you. Being on a trip can make them restless. Thus, it will be a good thing to have their chew toys to distract them.

If there is a possibility of motion sickness, don’t forget to pack flower essences or homeopathic remedies. 

CBD oil is another great remedy for anxiety-associated motion sickness.

Ensure the comfort of your dog.

The first step to have a fun trip with your dog is to make sure it is comfortable. Make sure he or she is fit to travel. You can consult your veterinarian to examine your dog. Also, you can ask for medication refills that you that you might need while away. It is also great and wise to bring a first aid kit both for you and your dog.

Aside from this, make sure you hydrate and feed your dog at the right time. If you’re going on a road trip, it is imperative to bring a lot of water to prevent dehydration. Also, take time to allow your dog a break time. Plan stops along the way at places where they might be able to walk for a stretch.

Capture the moments.

Most of all, don’t forget to document the adventure with your dog. Preserve your sweet and fun moments in every click.