A Guide to Traveling With Your Dog
North Paws Ranch personally accommodates all dogs traveling with their owners in Las Vegas! None of us want to leave our dogs behind when we leave the state. No matter what, we’ll try to think of a way to bring them along because they’re part of the family. Tens of millions of animals make journeys with their owners within the United States every year! Vacation packages are designed around animals and their owners, and sales of items such as canine backpacks have hit an all-time high! Hotel chains have also started to welcome dogs – The American Automobile Association says that the number of lodgings accepting companion animals in the United States surpasses 12,000.
Some dogs are great while traveling, however, some aren’t the best and become anxious. It’s become much easier to travel with your dog nowadays. With cars, train travel, and even flights, you can bring your dog along your journey without much hassle.
How to know whether you should bring your dog
Staying home is an absolute must for sick, injured or pregnant dogs.
If your dog suffers from motion sickness, gets over-stimulated easily, or gets emotionally or physically upset when their routines are disrupted, then the best option is for them to stay home.
Leave your dog where they feel the most comfortable and safe – such as curled up on the couch or in the care of a sitter you trust, relative, close friend, coworker, or neighbor.
Contact the airline
Once you know the rules of the country or state you’re traveling to, it’s time to give the airline a call. Different airlines have different policies when it comes to dogs. Some allow dogs to travel in an airplane’s cabin if their cage is small enough to fit under your seat. So, if your dog is small, you’re in luck! However, if you happen to have a large dog, they are often required to be in the cargo hold in the kennel.
Before you set off
Make sure to double-check that the hotel or the other location where you’ll be staying is prepared to welcome your pooch into their building. Consider getting your pooch microchipped (you can never be too safe) and this is a painless process.
Most dogs are pretty rambunctious so be sure they get enough exercise before you hit the road. Take them for a walk, run, bike ride or even a hike. You should also make sure you load up the car with the necessities – like water bowls, food bowls, food, leashes, doggy bags, treats, bones, blankets, and anything else you think you might need. During the trip, take regular breaks so your pooch can do his business and drink some water. Check the weather before you leave just in case you need to take anything else for different conditions.
Of course, driving is less risky for your pooch than flying. There are still some precautions to take, such as:
Make sure you NEVER leave your dog alone in the car. Dogs can suffer and die when left inside parked cars, even on mildly warm days. Just because it doesn’t feel hot for you, doesn’t mean it won’t feel hot for them. For example, on a 78°F day, the temperature inside a car (in the shade) is 90°F, and the inside of a car parked in the sun can reach 160°F within a few minutes – that’s terrifying! Animals can get heat stroke within just 15 minutes.
Feed your pooch early so they don’t eat in the few hours during the road trip. Exercise them quite a few hours before you leave so they’re not hot and thirsty in the car.
- Carry water and ice in containers for rest stops. You can purchase no-spill travel bowls from most pet stores.
- Use a kennel or restrain your dog with a canine seat belt. They are available to purchase from pet supply stores and catalogs.
- Never open a car window or door when your dog is unrestrained. They may get over excited and want to jump out.
- If your dog suffers from car sickness, go to your veterinarian for remedies or ginger capsules.
- Stop to walk your dog.
- Use a window shade for the back and side windows.
- Make sure your air conditioning is working and use it while driving.
Once you arrive
If you’re a fairly experienced dog owner, you’ll know that dogs thrive on healthy routines. This doesn’t change just because you’re on vacation. Give your pooch regular walks, playtime, access to water, and food, preferably the same food they eat at home. Help show the hotel that dogs are great guests by being a great guest yourself. If your dog is a huge barker, don’t leave them alone in the hotel room.
Involve your pooch in activities
Try your best to involve your dog in activities that you do on vacation. The website Bring Fido shows activities you can do that are pet-friendly in your destination. The site also lists dog parks, hiking trails, restaurants, and much more.
If you’re planning on taking a boat trip, don’t forget to put a flotation vest on your dog. We know that dogs are natural swimmers, but they can get tired very easily and drown. Flotation vests are especially necessary for dogs who suffer from seizures, other medical problems or who are new to boats.
When the dogs can’t come
Of course, there will be times where your pooch can’t come along and it can become nerve wracking to leave your furry friend alone. Here at North Paws Ranch, we offer in-home private daycare and our services cater to those who are visiting for a while, leaving on vacation, conducting business in Las Vegas, or if you just want your dog to enjoy a relaxed, safe, and dog social environment. Our promise to you is that we will do our very best with each day passing to provide an environment you can trust to look out for the best interests of your dog when you need a high-quality dog sitter in Las Vegas.
Remember to do your research and make sure you have everything in order for your dogs whether it be international or local travel. And have fun!