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Ultimate holiday checklist when travelling with your dog

Here at Lodge Holiday we LOVE our canine companions and always want to make sure we can bring them along at any opportunity!

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A lot of our accommodations are dog friendly cabins and lodges so we thought we would put together the ultimate guide to bringing your dog on holiday.

Travelling with your dog.

Travelling can be hard with a dog sometimes depending on how used to it they are. Some dogs like to travel in the car and some can be stressed, so make sure you book a place to stay that is a distance away your dog will be comfortable with.

Before setting off on your journey, make sure to take your dog out for 20-30 minutes to play fetch or have a run. This will mean that they can spend a good amount of car time catching some Z’s! Even if you are feeling rushed, it’s totally worth it to take this 30 minutes of prep so that your doggy companion is as happy as can be and there is no built up energy. Don’t forget to take regular toilet breaks too!

Bringing some home comforts.

Scent is a huge thing when it comes to making your dog comfortable, so make sure you bring all of their favourite beds, blankets and toys. It’s a good idea to take them straight out to explore their surroundings when you get there, meaning they can get a bit more comfortable with the area and then they can come back to the lodge to items that smell like home. This will help to keep them at ease.

Avoid leaving your dog too long and if you do need to leave it alone in the lodge, it may be an idea to bring a crate along with you. The last thing you want is for the dog to be stressed and chew the furniture!

Planning your fun filled holiday.

Booking a dog friendly lodge is just the first part of the puzzle: Don’t forget that you will be wanting to go on some adventures while on holiday! Make sure you research some places nearby that are pet friendly. Look for pubs, restaurants, cafes, parks and beaches so that you can get a good balance of fun for you and for your dog. Create an itinerary so there is no stress running around looking for a dog friendly cafe on an empty stomach.

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Don’t forget to pack your dog’s weekend bag!

Now is the time to sit down and make a list of not just what YOU and your family need to take but what your dog needs too! Your dog has needs just as you do, whether that is food, hygiene or medicinal, you need to have a list ready before you pack.

Here are a few of the basics:

  • Food and water bowl
  • Leash
  • Collar and ID tags
  • Harness and lead
  • Bed and blankets
  • Favourite toys
  • Poop bags
  • Shampoo and an old towel

Then think about needs specific to your dog. Do they have special dietary requirements? Dogs can have sensitive stomachs and don’t take well to switching up food too quickly, so make sure that you have more than enough food for the whole trip. Does your dog have any health problems? Make sure any medication they might need is brought along, and it’s always a good idea to have dog friendly items in your first aid kit in case of any accidents. Keep their microchip details in your phone too.

Keeping your dog safe in an unusual environment

Because you are in a location that you don’t know well, it is more important than ever to be vigilant about your dog’s safety. You will need to make sure the surroundings are secure before you let your dog run free and bringing along a couple of pictures of them can never go amiss in case they go missing. Keep your eyes peeled for any dangers out on the walks and make sure to research some vets close by before your visit. It is best to be prepared!

Take note of your dog’s attitude towards other dogs and how good their recall is: it is important to know when to keep your dog on the lead and when to let them run free.

ROUTINE!

The single best thing you can do for your dog is to keep to a routine that feels familiar to them. This, alongside all of their home comforts (bed, blankets, toys) will help them to feel relaxed and safe and help them to have a fun holiday. 

Phew! And that’s it. We hope your furry friends have the best holiday with you.

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