Taking your dog with you when you travel or go camping is actually quite convenient. If you’re like me, then your dog is a part of the family, and taking him along for the ride just makes sense. It can also be costly to leave your furry friend behind when you take into account the cost of hiring a pet sitter, boarding, or staying at a doggy hotel so traveling with your dog can save a few bucks too!
Of course, bringing Fido with you on a camping trip might mean that you have to keep some things in mind. It’s not like he can just tag along and stay safe if you don’t take some precautions. Traveling with your dog does not have to be really hard though. Keep the following tips in mind when you take your dog with you camping or traveling.
Tips for Traveling With Your Dog:
- Take along plenty of water for the trip. If you end up stopping for a break, check to make sure your dog is hydrated. He might want a sip of water.
- Pack enough dog food. Not everywhere you go will carry the dog food that you prefer to feed your pooch, and if you’re camping it might be especially tough to find. Changing your dog’s food could cause some tummy troubles for your pal, so make sure you have enough of the stuff he’s used to for the entire trip.
- For dogs under twenty pounds, use a carrier in the car. For larger dogs, find a safety harness which will allow you to buckle him up for the ride.
- Have your dog’s identification on him and easy to read. Include his name, your name, and telephone number at the minimum. If your dog requires medication, that is also wise to include on his ID tag. BONUS TIP: make sure you have all of your pet’s medicines if he requires any.
- Keep your dog free from harmful insects like fleas and ticks with the appropriate flea and tick medicine.
- Don’t allow your dog off leash, and always clean up after your pets.
- Make sure you don’t let you dog interact with any wild animals, be present when other people are approaching your pal, and just be aware of your surroundings. You never know when something might upset your dog and cause him to react in an unfamiliar manner.
There is no reason why you should have to leave your furry friend behind when you go camping. Traveling with your dog can be simple and a whole lot of fun, so pack up and head out!