Dog Holidays – Many pet owners consider their pets to be a lot more than just pets – they’re family. And dogs are pack animals, so they probably feel the same way about you. Either way, it can be unsettling during holiday time, or if you want to go on a quick weekend getaway, to try and figure out how to properly accommodate for your dog.
In the not-so-distant past, pet owners had little choice but to place their beloved animals in a kennel or try and search for an available family member to look after them (visit this post on the kennel vs sitter debate). While these are still possible, it’s not always suitable for owners and pets.
Fortunately, more accommodation destinations are becoming pet-friendly, which means you can now easily take your furry best friend away with you, with a little planning.
Have a look at this post to see a few nearby destinations in Gauteng for a getaway close to home.
If you’re going on a roadtrip, a safety harness or barricade across the backseat is paramount. Also, make sure that there is good ventilation and shade. Dogs easily suffer from heat stress, so it is important that you never leave your dog in the car unattended. Shade screens are a great option for the car, to provide shade and keep the dogs cool.
When you head off on your trip, make sure you have a water bowl, treats, food tray and a leash. Keep plenty of water on hand, in case it isn’t readily available on the way, so you don’t have a thirsty hound. Make sure you factor in bathroom break time when planning your trip, as well a bit of time for leg-stretching exercise breaks for you and Fido.
Always make sure you know the in-house rules at the place you’re staying when it comes to your pets. Check what you need to bring (bedding etc), whether your pup is allowed inside or not, and if there’s an enclosed area where he/she can run around off lead and relax.
Although we hope it doesn’t happen, anyone can get sick on holiday, including your beloved pup. So before heading off, check the area you’ll be visiting for the local vet or pet hospital, as a precaution. Also, don’t forget to pack any important pet medication you may need for the time you’ll be away.
Pets are such a big part of our lives, and although it does take a little extra planning, taking your dog with you on holiday can be such a rewarding experience for you and your pet. By choosing the right accommodation, taking preferred toy, familiar bedding and paying attention to small details like that, your holiday can be stress free and fun for the whole family.
Source: Love That Pet
If you’re an Instagram junkie, then we have a great account for you to follow – Camping with Dogs. They post awesome pictures of people adventuring with their furry friends, and it is just the best!
Otherwise, if you’re not on instagram, check out this post by Telegraph UK, which makes use of pictures from Camping with Dogs’ Instagram feed to show just why camping with dogs is so awesome.
Image: Mac Wall HD