How to Pack a Doggy Suitcase.
Planning a holiday is an exciting time, but it can also be a challenge for pet owners who don’t want to leave their furry friends behind. Luckily, with a little preparation and careful consideration, you can bring your beloved dog along for the adventure! In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about taking your dog on holiday and ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience for both of you.
Choosing the Right Destination
When it comes to planning a dog-friendly holiday, the destination is key. Research pet-friendly locations that offer ample opportunities for your dog to explore and play. Look for accommodations that welcome dogs and have pet-friendly facilities nearby, such as parks, beaches, or walking trails.
Travelling by Car
If you’re travelling by car, ensure your dog is comfortable and secure. Use a safety harness, crate, or car seat to keep your dog restrained and prevent distractions. Make frequent stops to allow your dog to stretch its legs, hydrate, and relieve itself. Remember to never leave your dog unattended in a parked car, as it can quickly become dangerous.
Everything You Need To Pack In Your Doggy Suitcase
- A first aid kit which should include simple dressings, antiseptic wipes and any medication the dog takes on a regular basis. Scissors and tweezers.
- Contact telephone numbers for your vet and it is a good idea to search online for a vet close to where you are staying and print off directions and a telephone number.
- Insurance details if applicable.
- A photo of your dog in case he goes missing.
- Microchip details and ID disks with your contact numbers printed clearly.
- Vaccination details.
- Disposable and stackable containers to hold food and water are not just hygienic but convenient when travelling.
- Carry bottled water at all times and refill with fresh tap water whenever possible.
- A pack of treats along with your dog’s normal food. It’s best to take the food with you, this way you don’t have to worry and risk an upset tummy if you can’t find your usual brand.
- Lead, collar, coat, towel, and most important …poo bags!
- A favourite blanket, not just to keep the dog warm, but something familiar to make him feel secure.
- A drop of rescue remedy in the water can calm an anxious dog.
- A torch for night time toilet breaks and late walks.
- A hand held fan to keep your dog cool and a sun screen for the windows of your car.
If you have an anxious dog it can be a real worry when taking them on holiday. Long car journeys and unfamiliar surroundings can be stressful for a nervous dog. This post shares my personal story of taking my own rescue dog on holiday. Darcy is very anxious but he had a great time. There is even a video of him in the sea!
Conclusion: Taking your dog on holiday can be a rewarding and unforgettable experience. By planning ahead, considering your dog’s needs, and being respectful of others, you can create a memorable adventure for both you and your furry friend. Remember, the key is to provide a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable environment, allowing you to make wonderful memories together. So pack your bags, grab your dog’s leash, and get ready for an amazing holiday that both of you will cherish. Happy travels!