Are you thinking of going on an adventure? There are many things you can do to make travelling with your dogs a more pleasant experience for all involved!
It’s important to be prepared and get organised before you go. If you’re planning a road trip but your puppy hasn’t been in the car before you should take them on a few small trips first to get them used to travelling in the car. It’s best if they haven’t eaten for at least an hour before your trip otherwise they may suffer from motion sickness. Some dogs get sick in the car but this can get better as they get older. If your pet is really struggling chat to your vet because there are some great anti-nausea tablets you can get from the vet that can make a huge difference.
If your puppy is a bit nervous in the car, start by going on a few short drives (maybe drive around the block or go to the end of the road and back). If your puppy is very scared you can start by introducing them to sitting in the car but don’t go anywhere. Feed them treats or give them their favourite chew toy while they’re just sitting in the parked car. Slowly progress to turning the car on but not going anywhere, then gradually build up to going for a short drive that ends in an exciting play session with your puppy. Soon your dog will learn that car rides mean fun, exciting adventures and trips to the park!
When you’re ready for a day outing ensure you have a secure pet carrier with comfortable bedding or a secure car harness to keep you and your puppy safe (this is required by law in most states). Bring their favourite toys along, treats, water and a pet bowl that is familiar to them.
If you are going on a road trip don’t forget to bring any medication they may need, check their microchip details are up to date before you go and if you are travelling up the east coast of Australia ask your vet for advice about protection from deadly paralysis ticks.
Happy travels, we hope you enjoy the trip!
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