Published on August 1st, 2018 | by Debbie Martin0
Dogs and Holidays
It’s that time of year when we start to look forward to our annual Summer holiday, although sometimes this can be a source of stress for owners and pets. Whether your dog is part of your family holiday or whether they will have a stay in kennels, here are some tips to keep holiday stress at bay.
Top tips to help dogs overcome their fear of travel.
- In advance of your journey, allow your dog to get used to being in the car for short periods, without going anywhere
- Reward and praise your dog for remaining calm whilst in the car.
- Whether you use a crate or a harness, allow your dog to become familiar with it before using it in the car.
- Initially, make journeys short and progressively increase the distance whilst continuing to praise your dog for calm behaviour.
- Provide comfortable, secure bedding in the car for your dog to rest on.
- Ask your vet about pheromone sprays which you can spray onto the bedding or collars containing a pheromone to help your dog relax.
- Keep the car well ventilated and cool, and never leave your dog unattended in the car.
- On longer journeys have regular exercise and toilet breaks.
- Use your dog’s familiar bedding, food and bowls.
- Make sure your dog gets enough water.
Top tips for preparing your dog for a stay in kennels.
- Check your dog is up to date with their vaccinations, including a kennel cough.
- If your dog is elderly or has recently been unwell, check with a vet that they are well enough to cope with a stay in kennels.
- Use a pheromone collar 24 hours before you go away.
- Leave something of yours with your dog – your scent will provide comfort and reassurance.
- Provide your dog with their favourite toy.
- If your dog is on long-term medication, explain to the kennels when and how this should be administered.
- Try to ensure that your dog’s diet remains constant by providing enough food for their entire stay and making sure the kennels know the quantity to serve.
- Check the times you are able to drop off and collect your dog.
- Make sure that the kennels have your emergency contact details and those of your vet.
With a bit of planning and preparation, you can ensure that both you and your four-legged family members enjoy a nice relaxing holiday.