It's that time of the year when families get together, have fun and reconnect. Hiking and other outdoor activities sound exciting but having a dog to travel with you is going to be far from being a relaxing one unless your pup has been doing it for quite some time already.
If you're pup is an experienced outdoor dog, travels and hiking is just easy peesy. You won't be needing any relaxing medications to calm his nerves. Just their collar and lead and he's good to go.
But it's going to be quite a challenge if your pup is a first-timer. There are some things to consider and some preparations to do.
Start slow. Give your pup short rides prior the D-Day. It will get him used to the movement and the enclosed space
Don't feed him prior the travel. It will help ease car sickness.
Use dog belt to keep him secure. Crate if necessary but make sure it's well ventilated and has enough space for comfort.
Stop regularly if it's a long ride. Let him have his potty breaks
Don't bother him if he's sleeping.
Never put him in the back sit of an open truck - even if he's strapped.
Never never leave your dog unattended in a closed car
Make sure that your pup had his vaccine shots updated and other health issues addressed prior travel
Bring first aid kit and meds
Bring his health records
Have with you an extra lead and collar
Enjoy your travel!
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