Going on holiday is an exciting time, especially if you can take the whole family with you. Many hotels and campsites are now pet friendly therefore it’s possible to enjoy a well-deserved break with your favourite four legged friend. Before you arrive at your destination it is vital that you ensure that your car is equipped to safely transport your pet. It is no good simply planning on holding your pooch or placing them on the back seat, if an accident occurs the consequences could potentially be fatal therefore it is important that the right safety methods are followed before you set off. If you are ready to pack your suitcases and head off to the beach, here are our top tips for ensuring you and your pooch get there in one piece.
Your dog should be secured in the back of your car in its own dedicated space. A sturdy dog guard should be installed to create an area for your bed to relax and enjoy the ride safely without disturbing other passengers. For extra security choose a dog guard that has been tailor made to fit the exact model of your car.
It also pays to actually prepare your pet for a car journey if they are prone to agitation or if they have not been in the car before. Some animals do suffer from motion sickness, if this applies to your pooch you can speak to your vet about appropriate precautions to take before your trip. .
Once your pet is in the back of your car it is important to keep them calm and relaxed throughout the journey. Fresh drinking water is a must as is a blanket or dog bed from the home that will give them a sense of home comforts. Try and avoid giving your pet too much food in the car, a couple of biscuits should be fine until you can stop and feed them a proper meal.
Dogs love fresh air so make sure that a window is open in the vehicle. They also get bored very easily so a few chew toys in the back of the car is a must, make sure that you schedule plenty of rest stops during the course of the journey to let your pet out to stretch their legs.
A safe journey is an enjoyable journey for all concerned; by following these tips you can ensure that your holiday gets off to a flying start.