Traveling with your Dogs
How to Travel with Dogs
Do you want to travel with your pets or considering traveling with your dogs? Going on Holiday is stressful at the best of times, so taking our pets on holiday can make it even more stressful, but it does not need to be. It is the most enjoyable worthwhile experience in the world taking your pet on holiday with you. So on this page I will show you how we successfully take our 2 large dogs how we have managed to safely travel with pets, to enjoy our holidays better.
The mastiff is a great traveler however the Dogue is very excitable and anxious and gets easily stressed, and little Belle just goes with the flow!
I take the dogs on holiday, meaning I have had to work hard at training them so we can safely drive to our destination. Pittenweem in Fife. Quite a few miles from where we stay. This is a humorous take on how we do indeed take our pets on holiday with us,
Successful travel with dogs
Tip : Be super Organized, Make a list - stick it on the back inside door of the car/jeep/van so you can mark it off as you get everything in, then no last minute scraping about with dogs flying over you trying to get in the car.
Usually the morning of departure you are running around, the dogs are all excited so it is so easy to forget the small things like the leads! Start packing your beddings food, bowls, water bottles the night before...I found these are the things you end up driving off without, as you are in that much of a hurry to get going.
Traveling with your dog - before you set off - First a long walk...
Due to the Doug DE Bordeaux being so anxious, in the beginning we have had to do several smaller journeys, like taking her to the park in the car, which is less than 5 minutes away.
About an hour before we are ready to set off on our journey we take the dogs for a walk around the park, and let them run off some extra steam and let them take care of business. Our total traveling time is around 2 hours.
Taking your Dog on Holiday
should be fun, not stressful
When we arrive, the 2 dogs have different needs, it is important that you recognize what will make them settle in quickly. Once the initial run around the garden Molly the Dogue prefers to stay with people, however our mastiff has realized her Nana will give her a huge bone. So we always keep to the same routine.
As Roxy cannot be walked far, (~she did indeed jump off a cliff after a seagul!) molly still needs to be walked, and she loves being taken down to the village where she proudly sits watching everyone go by, the great thing about getting your dogs on holiday, is getting out walking and seeing the countryside, probably without the dogs we would not walk along the beautiful coastline.
and why should all the fun of a holiday ice creams and all be reserved only for the humans in the family! There is nothing better than playing with the other part of your family along the waters front!
Traveling with pets
but still keep to their routines
Feeding time at the zoo
Roxy is a bit of a messy eater so she eats hers outside! She also is on a special diet since she hurt herself, and mum likes to make sure she eats all of her dinner up to help build her strength up. she also gets extra vitamins in her dinner, to help maintain her bones.
Dog Seat Belts - Pet travel Gear - If you are taking your dog on car journeys
And if your dog will not settle in the car, I strongly recommend the "Doggie seatbelt". It acts exactly like a human seat belt and does not allow the dog sharp sudden movements, allowing the driver to focus upon the driving instead of a bouncing dog! in the UK, you can be fined for not having your dog properly under control in the car.
Because molly is so exciteable, she has to take special which have helped. I do not like giving me too much and has found, if I am given a long walk alongside a little of the medication this works wonders for me. Calming Tablets
This has helped calm mollies stomach down and now she can enjoy traveling, also we find the more we do it the easier it is, whereas before she would be really sick, and not feel very well. They must be given to her in the morning so they can start to work properly. They are easy to squash and then rollsit up in a nice slice of ham!
I would suggest you read this book on medicines for your dog, as not all medicines agreed with me in the beginning. I had tried a lot before finding the ones I use now. The Pill Book Guide to Medication for Your Dog and Cat
Molly was so anxious she was pretty dangerous in a car, jumping all over the place, so we had to use a dog seat belt (yes you read right!) It was kind of like a harness and did not allow Molly to jump around, but now she is a good girl at traveling and does not need it now.
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Do you have a tip to help others who are finding it hard to get their pet to settle in the car? or perhaps you have learned something new, and you are looking forward to your next trip with your dog, instead of dreading it.