Travelling With Your Dog, Essentials To Ensure A Safe and Comfortable Trip.

With the arrival of summer, the prospect of holidays and travelling with your dog can be an exciting possibility. While this can be a delightful experience for both you and your dog, it requires careful planning to ensure their safety and comfort.

Whether you’re considering about embarking on a road trip, flying to a new destination, or taking the train to a scenic spot, having the right accessories can make the journey smooth and enjoyable for both you and your dog.

Bark Boutique models Levi and Poppy love going on holiday. Over the years, we have gained some valuable tips to make the journey easier.

Here are some essential tips and accessories to help ensure a safe and comfortable journey for your dog.

Secure Harness or Appropriate Travelling Dog Crate

Travelling by car with your dog is one of the most popular choices for going on an exciting adventure.

Just as humans wear seat belts for safety, our dogs also need to be safe and secure throughout the journey, no matter how short or long the distance is.

Safety should be your top priority when travelling with your dog.

A secure harness that attaches correctly to a car seatbelt or a well-ventilated dog travel crate can prevent your dog from moving around unnecessarily in the vehicle.

This not only helps to keep your dog safe but also reduces distractions while driving.

Remember to make sure the harness fits comfortably and snugly, and if using a crate, make sure it is large enough for your dog to stand, turn around and lie down comfortably.

Investing wisely in the correct dog harness or travel crate can significantly improve the
journey for both you and your dog.

Travel Beds and Blankets

Providing a familiar and comfortable place for your dog to rest can make the journey much more pleasant and reduce anxiety. Using a travel bed or soft blankets that smell like home is a great idea. These familiar scents will help to calm your dog and encourage them to relax and sleep during the journey. If using a dog crate, ensure there is adequate room not only for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down, but to accommodate a dog bed or blankets.

This helps create a calming environment by providing a sense of home and security to your dog.

Car Seat Covers

If you are using a harness in your car, protecting your car seats from dirt, fur and scratches is essential. Investing in durable dog seat covers can make a significant difference. These covers are designed to fit securely over your car seats, providing a comfortable surface for your dog to lie on. Choose waterproof covers with non-slip features for added convenience and ease of cleaning.

Portable Water and Food Bowls

Hydration and the correct nourishment are crucial for travelling with your dog, regardless of the distance.

Collapsible and portable water bottles are a big hit this summer with dog owners. Offering a variety of styles and designs to cater for all breeds of dogs.

These easy-to-pack essentials provide convenient on the go watering and feeding.

Look for leakproof options to avoid spills and accidents in your vehicle.

Be sure to bring enough water for the journey ahead and always remember to pack your dog’s regular food to prevent any dietary issues.

Travel friendly Collars and Leads

Bringing a durable, travel friendly lead and collar is essential for breaks during your journey.

Just like us, dogs need to stretch their legs, so going for a quick walk during breaks will help keep your dog comfortable.

Consider investing in a retractable lead which provides more flexibility and a soft, adjustable collar for added comfort. Always remember to attach your dog’s ID securely to their collar.

Identification Tags and Microchip

Before you travel, ensure your dog has up to date identification tags with your contact information.

Consider a microchip which can provide a permanent form of identification. Just in case your dog does decide to go on its own holiday adventure, these measures can significantly increase the chances of a safe return.

Pet First Aid Kit

Packing a pet specific first aid kit can be a lifesaver in case of minor injuries or emergencies.

Include items such as dog-safe antiseptic wipes, bandages, tweezers, and other medications that your dog might need.

For extra peace of mind, keep a list of emergency veterinary contacts specific to your travel route and destination.

Cleaning Supplies

An often overlooked necessity is having preparations to clean up after your dog.

Pack an ample supply of poop bags and consider about bringing cleaning products such as dog friendly disinfectant wipes or spray.

Having these tools available ensures you can promptly clean up any mess your dog might make during the journey. 

Not only does this maintain cleanliness, but it also helps limit the spread of harmful bacteria commonly found in dog waste.

Consider purchasing a dog poop bag holder that attaches to your dog’s lead. These holders are available in various patterns and designs, crafted from lightweight materials for easy use and carrying.

Calming Aids

Some dogs can be become very anxious when travelling, especially those that are not used to it. Dogs suffering with travel anxiety can express destructive behaviour, fear, and aggression, making the journey stressful for both the dog and owner. 

However, with proper preparation, you can help your dog have a calmer and more relaxed travel experience. If you know your dog suffers from travel anxiety, preparation is key to a smoother journey.

There are several options available to address your dog’s individual needs, including anxiety clothing such as dog vests and shirts.

As mentioned in the article, ‘The Benefits of Functional Dog Clothing,’ anxiety vests can be very therapeutic, providing a sense of safety and comfort like a hug.

It is important to note that these vests are designed for shorter journeys and should only be worn for a few hours at a time.

Other options to consider are pheromone sprays and natural supplements which can help create a calming effect for your dog during the journey. 

Another option, if your dog enjoys their toys, is investing in a distraction treat dispensing toy.

These are great for keeping your dog entertained and engaged for extended periods of time.

Consider consulting your vet for recommendations for your dog’s individual needs.

Factors such as breed, size and health history can influence the most suitable product. It is also wise to conduct a test run before making your journey to ensure you have chosen the correct product and to monitor for any adverse reactions.

By taking proactive steps to address your dog’s travel anxiety, you can help provide a more enjoyable journey for both you and your dog.

Conclusion

Travelling with your dog can be a rewarding experience, creating lasting memories for the both of you.

By careful planning and preparing with essential accessories, you can ensure a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable adventure together.

Remember to schedule regular breaks for your dog and provide ample water and nourishment to keep them happy and comfortable
along the way.

One of the most valuable gifts you can give your dog during the journey is providing loving attention. Offering reassurance and companionship helps them feel secure and safe, contributing to a more relaxed travel experience.

Remember, this simple act of kindness does not cost anything but can make a world of difference to your dog.

Wishing you and your dog happy and safe travels.

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