Taking a dog on vacation can be fun but it can also be a challenge. Depending on where you go your dog can add a lot of companionship and pleasure to a vacation. Here are some tips on what to bring along with you as you travel with your dog.
If this is the first vacation for your dog you will need to bring along some patience. Your dog has no idea what is going on and what to expect. They may be frightened and they may be the life of the party. Every dog is different and you will need to read how your dog is feeling as you travel.
Some people let there dog sit freely in the car as they travel while others put them in a carrier or in a seat belt. If is a personal choice but having the dog secure is the best.
You will need travel bowls for your pet so they can have food and water on vacation. There are some really nice travel bowls on the market for your pet some are even collapsible so they do not take up much space or you can take plain plastic or metal bowls. It is best that you do not travel with a breakable bowl.
If your dog likes moist food from a can that can be more difficult then dry dog food. You may want to get your dog accustomed to eating dry dog food before you take them on vacation because of the convenience. Dry dog food can be fed easily and stored easily as you travel while moist can be smelly and need a can opener to use.
Take along fresh water for you dog and make sure you give them water frequently on a road trip. If you are thirsty most likely your dog needs a drink too. It is best not to drive with an open bowl of water in your vehicle because of spills.
You dog is away from home so it would be nice if they had something familiar from home like their favorite blanket or toy. This will give your dog some comfort.
If your dog is on medication you may need to bring that along as well. It is easy to forget medicine but it is also very important. Make sure you have your dogs medicines packed as well as your own. And also remember a leash and collar for your dog plus a tie out if you are going to tie your dog out.
Have fun with your dog and remember never leave your dog in a hot vehicle.