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Traveling with your Dogs

Updated on December 2, 2013

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.

I now have 3 dogs! Molly the Douge DE Bordeaux and her partner in crime is Roxy the Bull Mastiff. and now we have cute little Belle the Bulldog too!

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,

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Successful travel with dogs

....needs organisation!

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 Calming Tablets 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.

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.

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.

Do you take your Dog on Holiday? - Let me know you were here...

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      CliveDorey 

      4 years ago

      We always travel via Eurotunnel so that we can stay in the car with our dog(s) , however this year, after travelling to the continent every year since the introduction of the Pets Passport scheme , we are seriously giving thought to using the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe, because the gite which we hire is only 3km from the ferry port . I have arrived at this web site in an effort to get good advice on calming a Yorky who loves getting into the car, but once on the move, she pants and moves around constantly, which is not very good for my wife (aged 77 ) who has a bad hip to contend with. I'm going to check out the remedy advice referred to . When we used to drive to southern Spain, we always used the Tunnel , even though other routes would have taken a couple of hundred miles off the return journey; nowadays I would rather have less miles to drive on holiday and I really would like to try the afore mentioned ferry, but only if I am sure our little 'Poppy' would be happy. Thanks for guiding me to the best info..

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      StrongMay 

      5 years ago

      We sure do! Little Fritz the Pom comes with us everywhere - even abroad or out to sea.

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      Vicki Green 

      5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great tips - we travel with our dogs a lot, but fortunately they are good travelers and settle right down.

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      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      What a truly enjoyable page about traveling with your dog. Your pets are so beautiful. Big ole lugs. I love them. I bet they have a blast going for a bye bye ride, Loved it. blessed.

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      anji lm 

      6 years ago

      we love to travel with our dog too! now if we could just figure out how to get her a plane ticket for a seat next to us we could do larger scale traveling!

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      emmaklarkins 

      6 years ago

      Don't know how you do it! I have enough trouble traveling with my tiny beagle... then again, he has enough energy for five dogs :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Loved meeting your dogs!

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      Karnel 

      7 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Your dogs are so cool looking, their amazing...I too have one who likes to travel and one not so much, sometimes it's an ordeal just getting her into the vehicle...What a great lens, have a great day Lisa!

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      CHalloran LM 

      7 years ago

      I love traveling and I love it when we take our dog Katie with us. We did 2 cross country trips with her. We say Katie traveled so much that she peed and left her smell in 15 different US States. :-)

      We took off one of the middle seats of our minivan to give her some space to lay down and stretch and to easily drink her water and eat. She loves cars, she loves motel rooms. So glad she never gets car sick.

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      Darcie French 

      7 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Loved and lensrolled this lens -:)

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      funmomofmany 

      7 years ago

      what an awesome lens. I wish you the best with your travels! Joy

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      CruiseReady 

      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      I think doge are fairly easy to take along. We used to travel regularly with three cats. All three were leash trained and loved to go. However, our present cat, no such luck. He is absolutely phobic about the car.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      cute dogs!

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Love this and really, jumping a cliff after a sea gull. Sorry, I had to laugh. My big boy Waco is good traveling but he sometimes gets car sick and throws up. It's a pretty cramped space when I have all six in the car. :) I'm so glad you stress training. That is so important if you want the dog to be happy and a byproduct is a good trip for you.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Awesome

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      One of these days I'm going to have a dog again. I don't know if it will be traveling with me anywhere, but I sure would want to make sure its safe too.

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      GoPoochYourself 

      7 years ago

      Cute pictures!

      When I travelled with my dog, she got really nervous in the car. So then we put her crate on the seat and seatbelted it in (she's small, not sure how this would work for big dogs). Being in the crate made her feel much more calm.

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      AWildDog 

      7 years ago

      Great lens, really enjoyed hearing about their travels.

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      Sniff It Out 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens... love the pics of molly and roxy :) Our dog, Flynn, loves 'his' car... a long journey is the perfect excuse for a good sleep!

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      Delia 

      8 years ago

      Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! very cute lens and story...love your photos too.

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      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      I love your dogs. They are just a couple of big babies, aren't they!

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Your dogs are great travelers. We no longer have pets but we have traveled with our grand pups! Our cat loved the car but our dog wasn't comfortable going or doing anything! :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I don't have dogs (and my cats hate the car!) but my sister has Siberian Huskies. She has a cage that fits in her van for the young ones so they don't jump around.

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