Dogs are man’s best friend and most owners absolutely love the idea of taking their pets along with them on vacations. Of course, you have to take special care of them, so that they are safe and comfortable. You should also control them properly and not let them cause any problems for you either. So, if you have been contemplating a vacation with your buddy, do not go unprepared into it. Here is all the help you need.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Taking your dog over to a plane or a hotel cannot be a last minute decision. Make sure that you take your pet along only when you have taken care of all the contingencies. Make arrangements to carry them in the live cargo while the booking tickets itself. Also, inform the hotel you are staying in about the special guest you are bringing along, so that they can also be prepared at their end. You are taking the dog to an alien place and in case they are loose, they can get lost. So, make sure to update their tags with your current contact details. You can also put a tracker on the collar of your dog. This will help you find its location in real time, if it happens to stray around accidentally.
Comfort the Dog
For the dog, a disruption in the routine can cause a lot of anxiety. This may make the dog bark incessantly, moan or even fall ill. Make it a point to comfort them and keep them around yourself as much as possible. Also, do not forget to pack their favorite toy and bedding. Such familiar items will go a long way in keeping the dog calm during the trip. Also, walk the dog around the hotel to familiarize them with the place.
Walk your dog on their time and also make sure that they get enough exercise. This is necessary for them to use up their built-up energy. If you do not play with the dog, they can become restless, and use that energy to bark and scratch at things. This will create an uncomfortable situation for other guests and an awkward situation for you too. Plus, you brought your dog to have fun. Go have it!
You Are the Model
It is no secret that the dogs absorb the energy of their owners. So, it is extremely important for the owners to give them a calm and loving environment. If you are agitated or angry, the dog is going to pick up on that and be restless too. While you are out on vacation, make it a point to have a balanced attitude. This will reflect on your dog.
You already know what great companions dogs can be. Take them on a trip and you will love them even more. They are always going to be by your side, keep you company throughout your trip and will make it a memorable experience for you. Just make sure that you are a great companion to your dog as well.