Tiki enjoying her presents.
Are you and your dog headed over the river and through the woods
to grandmother’s house this holiday—or just off on a fun getaway?
We love traveling with our dogs Irie and Tiki and, whenever
possible, try to make them part of our travels. The holidays are
all about family, after all, and many of us know that these
special days just wouldn’t be the same without our furry family
along for the trip. Whether you and your pets plan to deck the
halls of a hotel or a relative’s home this holiday, here’s a look
at our top tips for making sure you, your pets, and your fellow
travelers all have a jolly good time.
1. Make advance plans
The holiday weeks are a busy time at hotels and motels everywhere
so it makes sense to make your list—and check it twice—when it
comes to hotel reservations.
Call the hotel to book directly,
describing the size and breed of your dog to avoid any surprises
at check-in. Also, be sure to write down the name of the person
you spoke with and take it with you in case of any complications.
2. Pack your dog’s food and treats
Sure, we might overindulge on holiday goodies but, to avoid tummy
upset, pack your dog’s usual food and treats.
3. Be prepared for accidents
Even if your pets are perfectly housetrained, the new smells,
extra excitement, and the disrupted schedule of the holidays can
mean potty accidents. We carry a bag with a roll of paper towels,
a bottle of Rug Doctor Urine Eliminator spray, and, of course,
plenty of poop bags—and we’ve never lost a hotel deposit, even
with our two large dogs.
4. Plan a vet visit
Let your vet know that you’ll be traveling and ask if there are
any special considerations. Ask for a copy of your dog’s immunization record
to carry on your trip. If you’re traveling out of state by car or
traveling anywhere with your dog by plane, visit your vet to
obtain a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI).
5. Place an extra ID tag on your dog
Tags aren’t just for gifts—make sure your dog has a special ID
tag for your trip with your cell phone number. If you’ll be at
one location for several days, make a tag with your holiday
number and address as well. For extra travel security, our dogs
also wear a GPS collar that we can check with our smartphones.
6. Buckle up
Just as children are always buckled up in the car, be sure to
buckle up your four-legged family
members! Icy roads and holiday traffic make it extra important to
secure your dog in a seat belt, booster seat, or crate.
7. Designate a pet guardian
Make one member of your family responsible for your dog so
there’s no confusion about where your dog is at all times.
8. Pack the scent of home
We always carry a bed sheet to cover over a hotel or home bed on
our travels; it not only provides protection for the furniture
but also carries the scent of home for our dogs. You can also
pack a blanket, a doggie duvet, or just a plush toy for comfort
on the road and in your accommodations.
9. Keep an eye out for decorations
Your dog might hardly notice your decorations at home—but the
temptations of a new environment may make those holiday
decorations tempting. Be extra careful of everything from
tinsel to ornaments to lights, all
of which present chewing and choking hazards.
10. Plan to travel more slowly
Holiday travel with your dog means you’ll be traveling just a
little slower, much as if you were traveling with a small child.
You’ll need to make more frequent potty stops and make time for
play in your day, budgeting time for fun and games with your pet.
After all, isn’t that what a holiday with your best friend is all
Tiki and her stocking
The traveling season approaches and if you are scouting for plans
to travel with your fur buddy, then you need not go any further.
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The travel season is here. Know about finding reputable dog care
No matter how much we might love our dogs, there are still times
where we are forced to stay away from them. For example: Taking
your dog along while you're on a business trip, isn't a very
bright idea. You will have meetings to rush to, from one part of
town to another. Meanwhile, your dog will need looking after.
Rather than having to go through the trouble of finding a
reliable dog sitter in your travel destination, you'd be better
off leaving your pet friend at a care home back in your town of
If you are new to dog parenting, here's a guide to help you
locate trustworthy dog care home where you can board your dog,
the next time you go on a trip.
How to find suitable dog care
In order to find dog care that makes your dog most comfortable,
you need to learn about the different dog care options available
to you and know what your needs from the dog care are. Every pet
boarding option comes with its set of pros and cons. You
determine which is right for you and your dog. Safety, not the
dog's happiness, should be the topmost priority when choosing
your dog care.
Types of dog care
Pet-sitter – The
best possible scenario for dog care, when you're away, is to
have somebody agree to pet-sit at your house. You won't need to
worry about the security of your house or your pet this way.
You could ask someone to pet-sit for you or look up
professional pet-sitters online. If you are choosing your
professional pet-sitter online, be sure to check his/her
Inversely, you could also drive your dog to the pet sitter's
home. It would provide them with a homely environment and the
care they need. If your dog has behavioral issues, it's best
not to leave them with an untrained pet-sitter.
Dog Kennels –
Dog kennels won't make your dog very happy but at least, they
will keep your dog safe. If your dog happens to be untrained,
aggressive, and not yet fully socialized, dog kennels could be
the correct option to board your dog, when you're away.
However, many dog kennels can be quite noisy and cramped. If
you do decide to keep your dog at a kennel, verify the care
routine that they will be subject to. You don't want to leave
your dog in the wrong hands when you're gone. Maltreatment and
violence of any kind could be traumatic for your canine and
impact his actions and behavior, for a long time to come.
Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the publishers of
DogTipper.com and the authors of the
newly-released DogTipper’s Texas with
Dogs. Paris Permenter, a certified dog trainer, and
America’s Pet Economist™, also co-hosts the weekly Dog Travel
Experts radio show. For more information, visit www.dogtipper.com.