Travelling can be one of the most stressful things that we can do—if you do it incorrectly, that is. It can be quite bad enough just going by yourself but if you add other people and even a pet into the scenario it can be one big mess waiting to happen. This is why it would be critical for anyone who is aiming to travel with their fur baby to learn what it takes to travel well with a pet—especially with a dog as hefty as a labrador retriever.
If you are planning on taking your fur kid on an extended Roadtrip, there are a few pointers you need to keep in mind at all times:
Train your dog to ride a car months beforehand
If you have your own vehicle, you can get them comfortable in the car first. Just make sure that their bladders are empty before you put them in. You do not need to actually drive around; you only need to put them in there with you to get them acclimatized. Once they are comfortable, take short drives and gradually increase the duration.
Just remember to make sure that they go before the ride and that they have empty tummies. You wouldn’t want sic all over your upholstery.
Plan pit stops into the driving route
Dogs can get pretty anxious once in a moving car. It would be in everyone’s best interest if there are very specific pit stops built into the driving plan. A pit stop every three to five hours of driving would be ideal. It will give the dog a chance to relieve themselves and gather their bearings.
Air travel is one of the fastest ways to cover large distances. However, they can come will a lot of to-do lists so you’d best read up on what’s necessary. Like:
A clean bill of health
Visit your vet to have your fur kid checked out. CDC and Animal Control will never allow an animal on a plane without a clean bill of health. So have your doctor give his go-signal and nurse those documents because you will be asked to present them.
While you’re at it, ask for any medication that you can give your pet to help them with anxiety from being put in the luggage area.
A dog crate that has suitable locks
Your dog’s safety and security is very important. You need to get a rather large dog crate if you want to transport a fully grown labrador retriever. Make sure that they have ample water and treats in there. Things can be quite scary so make sure that they have their comfort toy.
Travelling does not have to be a complete hassle. When you do reach your destination, try to make sure that the accommodations you’ve chosen are pet-friendly. The last thing that you would want is to be turned away from your hotel simply because you have your dog with you.
What other tips do you subscribe to when it comes to travelling with a pet?