Every pet lover knows that being away from their pet could be stressing. Even the pet itself loves the company of its owner and so they also get stressed while you are away. Leaving them behind even with a person that you trust is not enough assurance that all is well. The good news is that you do not have to leave it behind on your vacation. Besides enjoying the dogs company, you will even have more fun and peace of mind.
Making a decision to travel with your dog may not be hard, but the challenge comes in when you do not know what to do for the sake of the dog’s comfort and yours too. The information below will help you through this.
Buy the necessary equipment
When a vehicle manufacturer makes a car, he has you in mind but not your dog. This should not be a challenge; just a little creativity is needed.
Travelling with your dog at the passenger seat is not advisable due to the distractions that it may cause. You should be able to make your car a dog car. It is important to purchase a back seat covers. This seat cover acts as a dog hammock. The cover is placed at the back seat to act as a back seat protector, to protect it from pee, dog scratches, as well as dog hair. Another benefit of seat covers for cars is that they allow the dog to move freely: it can sit or stand whenever it likes.
You may also opt to buy a crate for the dog. The crate is necessary for the dog’s safety as it keeps it in position during the ride. Another benefit of crating is that you do not have to keep looking at what the dog is doing. However, do not put anything else that may harm the dog inside the crate for its safety.
Prepare the dog psychologically
Just like a human being, your dog’s needs preparation for the travel. This you can do by taking short drives with him or her. The importance of doing this is that the dog with time will get used to travelling in a car. It is also important to let the dog travel on an empty stomach but make sure that it is well hydrated.
Let the dog see a veterinary
While travelling with your dog, it is important to make sure that it has been vaccinated. This vaccination will protect the dog in a new environment. The veterinary will also be able to advice you on all the medication to take.
Following the guidelines above will ensure that both you and your pet are safe and at ease. Remember that as you make memories, the dog too will make memories. Travelling with a dog should no longer be stressful to any dog owner.