Animal expert reveals 10 top tips for traveling with dogs

Taking the dog with you during the summer holidays is not always self-confident.

Finding a dog-friendly home and making sure your pet is happy can be stressful.

But it’s not impossible, and people manage to take a trip with a dog in tow, particularly to some beauty spots in the UK.

If you still don’t know what to do, read on because these tips shared with FEMAIL by John Smith, animal expert and founder of Yappy.com, might make your life a little easier…

There are certain tips and tricks you can use to reduce your pooch's stress while traveling and ensure your pet stays happy

There are certain tips and tricks you can use to reduce your pooch’s stress while traveling and ensure your pet stays happy

FIRST AID

John said: “Whether you’re staying in a hotel, an apartment or even a campsite, having a first aid kit is a priority.

“Even some dog-friendly accommodations may not provide all the items you need to keep your dog healthy, so bring those with you.

“Make a list of tick removers, bite repellents, wound dressings, alcohol wipes, safety pins, tongue depressors, and more.”

TRAVEL SICKNESS

“In the event of illness or emergencies, always visit the nearest veterinarian,” says the expert.

John added: “Also consider taking dog-friendly motion sickness pills – you never know how your pooch will react to the different modes of transport you take them on and just like humans, they may not feel as good about that journey !“

FERRY CROSSING

The expert said: “On certain ferry routes, dogs must be left in vehicles for the duration of the journey. In this case, leave your car window open for ventilation.’

“Have soothing music playing to keep your dog calm and make sure he has toys to keep him occupied too!

“It can be a bit of a lonely journey, so plan ahead for those trips,” John added.

LET’S GO TO THE BEACH

John said: “Beaching is a must for most people on holiday and dogs love it too!

“Try to remain cautious when letting your dog swim as they may get bitten, drink or eat something that is bad for their stomach, or even sustain an injury from stones or other sharp objects.”

TENT TIME

“When looking for your outdoor shelter, it’s important to consider how your dogs will be feeling and sleeping.

“Make sure tents and caravans are well ventilated as they can often be five to ten degrees hotter than the outside temperature.

“It’s also a good idea to set up the tent at home so your dog can get used to the new environment before heading out,” John said.

TAKE DOGS ON ACTIVITIES

John said: “A long walk or hike with dogs can make for a great day!

“However, dogs have a completely different perspective than humans, so unfamiliar heights, routes and walks can be dangerous, especially on a cliff or vantage point. Keep dogs on a leash and bring plenty of food and water,” he added.

Other ways to make your dog happy

1. Buy them treats

2. Play with them

3. Have a dance party

4. Brushing your teeth

5. Do treasure hunts

6. Give her a job

7. Play hide and seek

8. Have a spa day

9. Compliment them

10. Make it a dog-friendly popsicle

Source: Bark Post/Dr. Katy Nelson

KEEP YOUR POOCH IN A ROUTINE

“Usually, vacations are a great time to explore new places, try new things, and enjoy adventurous activities.

“While this is fun for humans, it may not be as good for your dog.

“Try to incorporate some of your typical routine while you’re away; Whether it’s similar walking times or the same diet, routine is definitely required,” John said.

KEEP IN TOUCH

John said: “Before you go on holiday make sure you microchip your dog – this is really important!

“While you are away, be sure to bring a leash or collar with your dog’s name on it, along with your holiday address, NOT your home address, and telephone contact details where you can easily be reached when abroad.

He said, ‘You don’t want to miss that call if your dog is lost and found!’

VACCINATIONS ARE THE KEY

The expert said: “Having up to date vaccinations and records for your dogs is absolutely crucial!

“The rules vary from country to country, so double-check each country’s rules before you visit as they may differ from those you’ve visited before.”

DOG-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

John said: “Dogs will love exploring new places with you, but packing for an extra person can add to the pre-holiday stress.

“Make sure you pack extra food, water, toys and paperwork because you never know when you’re going to need it!” he added