5 Travel Tips to Help You Plan a Stress – Free Vacation with Your Dog

It makes sense to want your best friend with you when you see the world. When your best friend is your dog, though, you may be worried about making those travels stress-free. Thankfully, there are some pretty simple steps you can take to avoid any issues and enjoy exploring more of the world with your furry best friend.

If your pup gets anxious in new places, you can ease his fears with a high-quality CBD oil. Discuss this option with your vet before trying it out on the road, but know that CBD can be a natural way to calm your dog’s travel fears. CBD research involving dogs has shown that CBD can have calming effects on those who suffer from anxiety. 

The same studies have also found that CBD oil can help with joint pain and inflammation, which can make travel easier for pups suffering from arthritis. You can also help calm your dog’s travel anxiety with a little training before you hit the road. Try taking shorter rides in the car beforehand and offer treats to help him feel calm.

#2.Hire a Pet Sitter to Keep Pets Company in Hotels

All the new sounds and people in hotels can be a little much for any dog. Anxiety can get worse if he’s left alone, which can lead to destructive behavior and persistent barking. You can prevent excessive barking from anxiety by working with your dog beforehand to curb this problematic behavior. Some owners find that crates help, so consider bringing one on your trip. 

Finding and hiring a local pet sitter can also be a good option for those times when you want to explore on your own. That way, you can get out for a bite to eat or to see the sites without having to worry about whether your pooch is safe and happy. Pet sitters can also be helpful when you are having a hard time finding pet-friendly hotels but do not want to leave your dog at home.

#3.Research Destinations to Find Dog-Friendly Ones

Hiring a sitter can give you a night to yourself, but you also want to be able to explore with your pet. You can research online to find dog-friendly cities across the country, or you can look for fun activities and attractions to experience with him, like beaches, closer to home. There are tons of beaches around Panama City that are perfect for a staycation with your pup, and you can make things more relaxing by looking for nearby vacation rentals instead of hotels.

Vacation rentals can be better for pets, because you won’t have to worry about following hotel pet rules and you can cut down on excess noise that might your dog anxious. You may even be able to find a rental with a fenced-in backyard, which can make those early morning potty breaks easier.

#4.Let Your Dog Get in Some Exercise at a Dog Park

Even while on vacation, your furry friend is going to need some time to run around. A dog park is the perfect place for him to exercise and socialize with other pooches. Before you research one near your hotel, there are a few practices you should keep in mind to ensure your dog’s safety.

Make sure your dog is vaccinated to protect him from diseases and parasites. In case your pooch becomes startled and tries to run off, ensure that his collar has I.D. tags attached to it, and get your pet micro-chipped. Finally, keep an eye on your dog at all times, and clean up after him.

#5.Keep Your Pet Safe and Protected during Your Vacation

If you are planning a road trip with your dog, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Practicing canine car safety is crucial for keeping your pet safe in the event of an accident, so be sure to follow these important rules. Dogs need to wear approved safety restraints at all times in a vehicle, and as cute as it may be, avoid letting your dog hang his head out of your car’s window.

 Looking to fly instead of drive with your dog?

Be sure to check with your chosen airline about pet policies, and be aware of the health risks that flying presents for certain animals.

Unless your dog is allowed in the cabin, the dangers of flying can often outweigh the benefits of traveling with your pet, so think twice before flying with him.

The thought of traveling with your beloved pooch may feel daunting at first, but it becomes a lot less stressful once you make a plan. Put his comfort and safety first at all times, and soon, you’ll both be exploring happy trails.

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Mike Stiven

I'm a pet owner, blogger, and writer from the Massachusetts. I've worked at the Alpha Dog Training Center, a dog boarding and training facility, and also shared the knowledge garnered over the years with a good number of pet sites. As a firm believer that great care has to be given to pets, beside sharing my whole experience in this blog I also work as volunteer at pet stores during the weekend.

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