As much fun as it can be, travelling with dogs is a herculean task, especially if you happen to own one of the bigger breeds like German Shepard, Labrador Retrievers or Huskies. Here are some crucial things every dog owner should know before making that choice.
- Make a test trip: The best way to figure out the kinks of travelling with your dog is to make a short test trip to the park or a friend’s place.
- Get the right safety gears: Your little buddy needs a lot of safety features to be installed in the car or in the crate (if you are travelling by plane or train). A GPS tracker, seat with harness, protective doors are some of these.
- Keep your pup restrained: Watching your dog being cooed at by strangers is awesome. But your hyperactive furbaby can make the snap decision to jump on someone to give a friendly lick on their face, causing you a lot of hassle. Ensure to keep her restrained around strangers when travelling.
- Motion Sickness: Prepare with the best tasting dog foods to keep her replenished, because when the motion sickness strikes, your dog might lose appetite for a long time.
- Mode of travel: Airlines and trains offer limited space. Be sure to choose the right medium of travel if making a long journey to keep her comfortable and stretched.
- Treats and toys: Sitting in the crate or backseat can get real boring, bring an array of chew treats and toys to keep her from howling.
- Avoid sedation: Sedation can often be dangerous for puppies and small dogs, causing suffocation and discomfort. If your pet does not have the right temperament for travel, don’t force her.