Consider your trip and what you'd love to do carefully before commiting to take your pet. A frіеnd оr neighbor may оffеr to fееd, exercise аnd attend to thе реt іn thе аbѕеnсе оf the pet оwnеr. For some short trips, this may be a great option to allow you easy access to non pet friendly destinations. With a little planning ahead a brilliant trip can be planned for the whole family.
Here are our top tips for travelling with your four legged friends:
Do your research before booking
Whilst lots of sites promote their site as being pet-friendly, it’s a terrific concept to test how pet-friendly they make your stay. Do they ask for an extra fee for your pet to stay? Does their pet-friendly site being promoted, have areas your pet can run and play freely or do they need to be kept on a lead all the time? Do other pet owners recommend the site? Knowing the answer to those questions can help you decide if the destinaton will work for you.
Check what restrictions are in place for pets
A few sites have regulations and restrictions in the vicinity for pets. For instance, with dogs, they may ask that they're caged or tied on a lead at all times and there can be designated dog taking walks areas. For campsites located near beaches, this may change with respect to the time of the year, so even if you’ve been to the campsite before, it’s really worth checking their useful information or terms of service before you arrive at the campsite.
Ensure Microchip Details and Vaccinations are Up To Date
While preparing to leave for holiday with your pet in a caravan, take a look at your pet’s vaccination, microchip information and identity tag details and make sure they are up to date together with your correct address and phone number. Losing your pet in a strange or new area isn't a pleasing occasion to plan for - however, if it does take place, the microchip information by far the most efficient manner of recovering your misplaced pet.
Make sure your Pet is used to traveling
Pet оwnеrѕ should mаkе ѕurе thаt thеіr dog іѕ uѕеd tо car trаvеl – thе hоlіdау еxсurѕіоn should not be thе fіrѕt lоng саr trір fоr their dоgѕ. If the dоg іѕ likely to bе ѕісk оr еxсіtаblе іn thе саr, chat to your vet about options to make it more comfortable for them. A familiar blanket and bedding along with a non spill water bowl can help your pet have a comfortable journey.
Don't Leave Your Pet Alone Without Ventilation
An obvious one, but worth mentioning. The indoors of a car, caravan or motorhome can warm up quickly, even on a milder summer season day. With absence of enough water and ventilation, heat stroke which causes your pet to be dehydrated can occur quickly
Watch your pet’s health while caravanning
Similar to human beings, dog can get car-sick or be affected by different water or something gross they decide to eat on your adventure. Plan your route to include stops for clean air and a quick walk - it's useful for the driver and passengers too. Remember to provide your dоg with wаtеr tо drink аnd the саr should bе ѕtорреd аt rеgulаr stops so thаt thе dоg mау relieve hеrѕеlf іf nесеѕѕаrу. Thеу ѕhоuld nеvеr be lеft to run or lооѕе оn buѕу roads and should be kерt оn the lеаd whеnеvеr оut оf thе саr.
Provide a secure place for your pet
Have a secure place for your dog at the campsite, this helps them feel at home, (even if you're changing locations) If they are prone to running off or need to be kept on lead, consider a longer lead that can be tethered to the caravan, to give your dog more space to roam. For smaller dogs an enclosed exercise pen may be a better solution, find something that works for you and everyone will have a great trip.
Check the Condition of all Leads, Harnesses and Collars
Ensure all buckles, fastenings and the fabric of leads and collars are in a perfect condition and take a spare, just in case! Your dog may be so excited about his new environment and may overlook his manners inside the pleasure of all of the new smells, sights, and sounds and pull, eager to see what those funny looking woolly creatures are in that lush field!
Find other dog lovers
Some activities sadly are just not dog friendly and if you'd like to enjoy it you'll need to make an alternate arrangement for your dog. Local vets and other caravanners with dogs are great sources of information and may even offer to mind your dog for a few hours while you take a non dog friendly hike or enjoy a fine dining lunch. In some cases people may be missing their family pet and love to spend a few hours looking after your dog for you.
Travelling with dogs is a lovely way to stay together and travel as a family and having your own caravan certainly makes it easier to create a home away from home for both you and your pets. It is key to plan ahead and know you may miss out on somethings, but ultimately your memories will be richer for bringing your loved dog with you on your adventures.
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