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Travelling with your dog: tips for a smooth journey

Written by Rachel Phelps

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the idea of us pets being uncomfortable when traveling. I know my rents doesn’t want to see me scared, ill or worst still, in pain during a trip, and luckily for me they know what to do to avoid such bad things. However, it’s been brought to my attention from my pals at Pets at Home that not all pet owners are aware of the things they can do to make getting us pets from A to B a whole lot more comfortable.

So, without further ado, here’s my quick guide for owners who are planning a trip with their pooch.

Before the trip

  •  Get your paws – sorry, hands – on a secure dog carrier that is big enough for you dog to stand up and lie down in. If we would prefer to sit on the seat and enjoy the view out of the window, there’s a good range of in-car dog harnesses here.
  • You can prepare your pet by taking us on short car journeys, so they won’t feel worried when it comes to a longer trip.
  • Be sure to get your us micro-chipped, and put a personalized name tag on our collar  before you go off on any adventures together. Getting lost is no fun for any dog, but staying lost is worse!

On the day of the journey

  • Pack lots of water – traveling is thirsty work! During the journey, make sure we  get regular breaks for a drink.
  • Don’t feed us in  the two hours before you set off on your journey. An empty stomach is easier to travel with!
  • Bring one of  our favorite toys for the trip – it’ll help him or her feel more comfortable.
  • Don’t forget any medication, special food, or a favorite bowl that will help us stay healthy and happy while you’re away together.
  • It’s also a good idea to bring a few sachets of our favorite food with you, in case there are any delays during the journey.

Have a happy trip!  Do you have any tips for traveling with  pets?

About the author

Rachel Phelps

Rachel Phelps, “America’s Pet Parent,” is an award-winning writer, photographer, and certified dog trainer. She keeps busy managing the career of her Internet celebrity dog Preston from Preston Speaks. Her three Westies — who think they are mini-humans — and three cats rule the house. To learn more about Rachel go to: Rachel Phelps Website


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