If you're planning on traveling with your dog during the holidays, you'll want to plan ahead as much as possible. Travel can be stressful for your pet, but these tips should help take some the stress out of your trip.
Get a checkup
Before traveling with your pet, it's always a good idea to visit your vet for a checkup and to make sure that your dog is fit to travel. You may need to update vaccinations or pickup medications to keep your pet healthy while you're away. Your vet may even prescribe your dog something to help him relax since some dogs have anxiety while traveling.
Practice using a harness or crate
If your dog isn't used to wearing a harness while riding in the car, you'll need to practice using one before the actual trip. There are several options for securing your dog in the car while you drive. Make sure you choose an effective restraint that is right for your dog's size, that your dog is happy, and that they are unable to move around enough to be a distraction.
If you have to crate your dog, you might want to use it for brief periods of time to get your dog used to it. Of course, some dogs use crates all the time and may not mind being in the crate, but it's still a good idea to practice using it in the car.
Check rules and regulations
If you are flying with your dog, you need to double-check the rules that the airline has regarding traveling with dogs. Each airline has their own way of doing things, and what is acceptable for one may not be for another. You may have to purchase a particular type of crate or make sure your dog has extra vaccinations before he can travel. And you may be required to travel with your dog as cargo, which could be stressful for your pet.
Always take the time to update your dog's ID information on his tag or microchip before traveling. Then, if your dog does get lost, you'll be more likely to be reunited quickly.
Bark Busters can help you train your dog before you travel. To speak with a trainer, call 1-866-418-4584 or type in your postal code on the main page to find the trainer nearest you.