Taking the Dog with You on Vacations

Now we are going to focus on what you have to do when you decide to take your dog on vacations with you. If you get your dog used to traveling as a puppy, you will have no problems when it becomes an adult.

A puppy needs to eat and heed the call of nature more frequently, so the time between one stop and another needs to be shorter than when you travel with an adult dog. The first thing you should know is how you are going to travel; by plane, by ship, by train or by car. For the first three possibilities, which are public transportation, it is convenient to the call the travel agency and find out what requirements there are since they differ from one country to another.

Obviously, the plane is the fastest means of transportation of our days, so it won't be necessary to worry about food during the trip. Before the flight, it is advisable to give the dog as much water as it wants. If the trip is long, you should also feed him .The size of the animal is also important here. If the dog is small, it won't be odd if they let you take him with you in a traveling bag. Some airlines have cages for dogs of different sizes; but it's best if you bring one along just in case. Recommendation: attach an identification card that lets people know there is a dog inside the cage.

If you travel by ship, the situation is different. On passenger ships, dogs are not allowed to travel with their masters. All ships have dog kennels and areas where you can walk your dog. They should allow them to urinate and defecate in these areas and provide them with food and water.

In the case of a train, the same is true, although every country has different norms regarding the possibility of taking the dog with you or not. If it is not possible, you will have to pay for an additional ticket for the dog. The conditions of the kennel are pretty much the same as on a plane.

In any means of transportation, you always need to have a muzzle, whether your dog is calm or not. This rule applies to all dogs.

Going by car is the easiest because you can stop as many times as you need in order to feed the dog or give him water, go for a walk, urinate or defecate. Inside the car, the dog's place should be clearly established.

It is not convenient for dogs, either because of their own condition or because they get more excited than normal, to go jumping in the car as they can cause an accident due to a lack of visibility or because of a sudden impact. And, if the dog is small, it is better to use a cage.

Medium-sized and big dogs should have an established area inside the car. In case you have to get away from the car for a moment, leave a window partially opened, especially if there is hot weather. That way the environment gets ventilated and the dog won't suffer asphyxia. Leave the window open in such a way that the dog can not jump out of the car or a stranger can have contact with him.

You should never leave the dog in the trunk or let the dog put his head out the window because that can cause otitis or conjunctivitis and that would ruin your trip.

Some dogs are prone to vomiting; if that's the case with your dog, give him a pill before the trip in order to avoid this and if he gets nervous or excited, give him a tranquilizer. For puppies, you have to have on hand calcium, mineral salts, etc.

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