Hi Trippy pet owners/lovers! With the holidays approaching, I'll be traveling a lot with my dog. What's the best travel advice you've found from traveling with your pets?
Looking for anything general to specific---helpful accessories (carriers, bowls, etc.)? treats or stress reducers? money savers? Best way to get through an airport? in flight tips? Anything and everything, please give me your best tips!
I've never flown with Marty because he's a super anxious dog, but when I drove Route 66 on my move to LA, I used bringfido.com for dog friendly hotels along the way and planned my stops around good recs there. Happy holidays and good luck!
Me and my dog go everywhere together so I understand how much dog travel tips can help :).
1. Before you travel, tire your dog out! Go for a long walk, run, whatever you need to do to get your pup sleepy. This helps especially when flying, I notice my dogs anxiety goes away when we go for long walks before leaving.
2. Do you crate your dog? If you do, make sure nothing in there can harm them (obviously). But I'm talking about a leash or loose collar. Nothing in there can be hazardous, even toys!
3. If you're flying, bring something that is comforting to your dog. A blanket, toy, bone. Anything that will make them a little more at ease. Also, always fly direct! I've heard too many horror stories of animals who miss the transfer because there was a connecting flight. I know it's sometimes hard to get that perfect direct flight, but try your best if you have an animal going with you.
3. Driving with your dog? Dogs are super sensitive to motion sickness, so chances are, they will probably get sick. Reduce the amount of food you give them in the morning. Driving on an overindulged stomach will increase the chances of a little vomit. When you stop, give your dog a little snack (something high in protein!) and be sure to go for a short walk to release any pent up energy.
4. When you arrive at your destination, go for a long walk before you check-in at the hotel. Your dog will feel more comfortable as soon as he (or she) sees and smells their new surroundings
If dog is panting turn up AC. Stop at rest area hourly. They dont tend to eat or drink much til night on the road. Un pack car, then walk dog.
I've never traveled with pets but a friend of mine suggested these two articles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/23/traveling-with-pets_n_3640948.html and http://darlingmagazine.org/what-to-consider-if-traveling-abroad-with-your-dog/#article-top
Hope that helps!
We have found that a Thundercoat helps calm our dog, a Yorkie, both in the car and on the plane.
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