Heading out on a family trip is always going to be exciting. However, when you have a dog that is part of your family, there are a few things that you can keep in mind to have a good trip. Bringing your dog along can also bring some new challenges, but if you carefully plan, you will have a much better outcome.
Travel By Car
It is always going to be a good idea to get your dog used to riding in the car by letting him/her sit inside the vehicle with you in the driveway while it is stationary. You can then go on short trips to acclimate the dog to vehicle movement. For the actual trip, try to be sure that your dog travels on an empty stomach so that there are no car sickness episodes. By the same token, you should keep the vehicle well-ventilated so that there is fresh air throughout.
Travel By Plane
Every airline is going to have their own set of rules when it comes to canines and air travel. Calling ahead will allow you to have what you need so that you can make advanced arrangements. Of course, this will call for a crate that is not only going to be airline approved, but you need to be sure that your dog is going to be safe, happy, comfortable and has plenty of ventilation.
You can find out ahead of time which motels and resorts will allow dogs and what their protocols are. If you are able to bring your dog with you, be sure that you have everything you need and that you are able to keep your dog as quiet as possible.
All in all, health checks and being diligent about best practices when traveling with your dog will always help you to have a good experience on your vacation.