If it’s been a while since you last travelled, you’re probably itching to hit the open road with your four-legged friend.
According to Animal Medicines Australia, 25% of Australians have taken their pets on a holiday or road trip. And with more Australian and New Zealanders considering pet ownership, this trend is set to increase. As a result, more places are opening their doors to furry travellers, meaning there’s never been a better time to explore your own backyard with your best mate by your side. Here are our top tips for helping your pup enjoy your holiday as much as you do.
Planning your pet’s trip
When it comes to planning your trip, it’s never been easier to find a pet-friendly holiday spot for you and your pooch. Online most travel websites offer a ‘pet filter’, allowing you to only browse places where our mate is welcome too, making the whole booking process a breeze.
Caravan parks were initially on the forefront of this growing trend, now other holiday accommodation offer dog-friendly cabins, hotel rooms and holiday houses. But spots go fast – so you should make reservations well in advance, as they are often in short supply.
While some accommodation options welcome pets with open paws, others are still newbies to this service and may have stricter conditions. That’s why it’s a good idea to check the terms and conditions or speak directly to the manager to get the lowdown on what your pup can and can’t do.
Essentials for the road
Whatever your dog needs at home, they’ll need on the road. Think about the everyday essentials, such as food, leads, doggy poo bags and blankets. While some accommodation providers may supply bowls and treats, others won’t, so it’s best to pack all of your pet’s necessities, just in case.
A portable water bowl is also a travel ‘must-have’ for four-legged adventurers, as is a car travel harness to ensure they’re safe and secure while on the road. Lastly, ensure your dog’s vaccinations and microchip details are up-to-date, with any documentation on hand as proof should you need it.
While most dogs love a car journey, some are more nervous travellers. This may be due to motion sickness or anxiety as a result of being in an unfamiliar place, far from their usual creature comforts.
Several products have been designed to help alleviate anxiety, however, you can also try and gradually build up their travel tolerance with shorter trips ahead of time. This way, the real deal isn’t might not be as overwhelming for them.
There’s nothing quite like a family holiday to strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion where you can create memories to treasure forever.
To ensure your road trip is stress-free for everyone involved, take the time to plan ahead while keeping in mind your pet’s individual needs and sensitivities.