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Taking Your Dog on the Road
Most people consider their pet part of the family and wouldn’t dream of travelling without them...
Words and Images by: Kerry Myslik

Most people consider their pet part of the family and wouldn’t dream of travelling without them. However, it is important to be prepared to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet, to make the trip as comfortable as possible for both of you. Pets are easily stressed, especially when they detect the slightest change in their environment. It’s important to create an atmosphere that smells familiar to them so don’t forget to pack some of their toys, blankets and bedding for reassurance.

Here are a few simple basics to remember before heading off.

Before you leave home it is essential to make sure that your dog:

  • Is wearing a collar when travelling which has their name as well as your name and contact number on it.
  • Is registered and micro-chipped.
  • Have all their vaccinations, worm and flea treatments up to date.

And before you leave home it is a good idea:

  • To take water and food bowls, and a bottle of water for rest breaks and remember to take a rest break every two hours. 
  • To bring a large plastic tub and a plastic jug or watering can, and your dog’s favourite shampoo (for when a rinse is no longer enough).
  • Lots of towels for drying your pup, and something waterproof for inside the vehicle that will protect the upholstery from your wet dog. A tarp is a good idea.
  • Poop bags, a scoop, and baby wipes (for little accidents).
  • A pet specific antiseptic wash is a good idea to have on hand as well.

Once you arrive at your destination, your dog will be keen to explore your new surroundings. This is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your dog and give them special attention so they feel safe in their new location. It is important for both of you to be respectful of restricted areas, especially if you are in a designated ‘leash free area’, your dog must be kept under control. Even the best-behaved dog can become ebullient and unpredictable in a new, exciting environment. Keep your dog on a leash when in an unfamiliar environment so that they are secure if they take fright at any unfamiliar sights or sounds.

Hopefully some of these handy tips will prove useful in planning yours and your dog’s next adventure on the road.

Category: Features
Written: Tue 01 Jan 2013
Printed: January, 2013
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