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Top Travelling Tips with Dogs

My travelling tips with your pets.

For some pet owners, a car trip can be difficult and highly stressful for both for you and your furry friend. With a little preparation, you can do little things that will help ensure a safe, stree-free and comfortable trip for everyone.
Traveling with a furry friend involves more than just placing your pet in the back seat and heading off, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Below are my tips I follow to help for a more safe and smooth car trip: 

  • Help your pet get used to the car. I do this by taking the dogs on short trips around town, i.e. When I go pick the boys up from school, the dogs will come with me sometimes. Once, they are use to the car, taking long trips will be more prepared. 

  • Never leave your dogs in a parked car for too long, I never leave them for longer than ten minutes, and I always make sure the car windows are open by a few inches. If it is hot outside, then I leave them at home and would never risk leaving them in a parked car at all for any length of time.

  • Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate. Make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Allow your dog to get used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your car journey. 

  • On a long journey with your dogs, bring food, bowl, leash, waste bags, and a favourite toy or blanket - the extra comforts will give your pet a sense of familiarlity.

  • Take water in a bottle so they can have a drink.

  • Take stops and on a leash take your dog for a short walk to stretch their legs. Also, it gives them the chance to relieve themselves.

Do you have any top tips to share?

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