A vacation with your dog does not have to be stressful. Bringing them along can actually increase your enjoyment and keep you from worrying about them while you are away from home. However, you will have to plan ahead of time.
Below are some tips that can help to make the trip enjoyable for both you and your dog:
Think About Trip Length
Your first trip with your dog should not be an overly long one. Get some practice by taking your dog on shorter journeys before you tackle a coast-to-coast road trip.
Take Your Dog to the Vet
Health certifications will be required for airline travel but you should still get your dog a checkup even if you are traveling by car. Note: The USDA states that only veterinarians "who are licensed in their state and accredited by the USDA" are able to sign health certificates for international travel.
Of course, you will want to bring food along for your dog, but you will also want to consider water. Take bottled water or some of your local tap water to keep your dog hydrated while you are away.
Choose the Right Crate
The crate you choose should be large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down in. It should also be leak-proof and you should cover the bottom with an absorbent material.
Fast Before the Trip
Whether traveling by plane or by road, your dog should have nothing to eat for at least six hours before the trip. If traveling by plane, your dog will need access to water in their crate. Provide enough to keep your dog from becoming dehydrated but not enough to fill them up.
It is recommended to not feed your dog while you are moving. Wait for stops to give them snacks.
These days, many hotels are adopting pet-friendly policies; however, you will still want to make sure that your hotel allows pets before you get to your destination. You should also find out if there are parks and other dog-friendly amenities in the area.
Traveling with your dog can be enjoyable for both of you as long as you spend some time planning for it. The tips above can help to prevent some of the more common problems and ensure that your vacation goes smoothly.