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Car travel with your dog: The AKC offers holiday travel tips

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Published in Cats & Dogs News

It’s holiday season! That means more people traveling with their families – and that includes their pets. The American Kennel Club recommends the following tips for safe and enjoyable travel with your dog.

Ensure your paperwork and health checks are up-to-date. For long trips, it’s important to carry a recent photo of your dog and have a copy of his health records, listing all vaccinations. Prior to going on your trip, bring your dog to the vet to make sure all his vaccinations are up to date.

Plan bathroom breaks. Before you leave home, ensure that your dog can relieve himself on multiple surfaces, not just grass! Having the ability to go on different terrains, like concrete, mulch or gravel, will prepare your dog for the road and help avoid the possibility of accidents. Make sure to bring a supply of doggie bags with you.

Plenty of games and toys. Provide your dog with toys, old and new, to ensure that he doesn’t get bored while traveling. Mental stimulation is important; a puzzle-type toy could be a good idea to keep him occupied.

Have proper tags. At all times, but especially when traveling, make sure your dog has a good leash and collar with identification tags. The tags should include the dog’s name, the owner’s name and home phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots. If the plan is to be away for more than a few days, you might purchase a second ID tag giving the location and phone number of your vacation spot. Microchipping your dog is also a good idea; it increases the likelihood of returning your pet to you should it get lost while traveling.

 

Remember a crate. A hard crate is a great way to keep your pup safe while traveling in the car. It’s also a good way to keep your dog from getting into trouble at a hotel or your host’s home.

It’s a vacation! Traveling, especially during the holiday season, can be stressful. It’s important to keep in mind that our animals pick up on our stress. A calm owner equals a calm pet. If you are stressed and nervous, guess who also is?

For more information on responsible dog ownership, visit the AKC at www.akc.org.

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