Taking your pooch along on holiday can only add to the fun – they make great travel companions. Plus, travelling with your dog means you don’t have to worry about what’s going on with them while you’re away.
With 34% of UK households owning a dog, pet travel is one of the fastest growing sectors of the travel industry. So when it comes to dog friendly destinations, it’s no surprise that there’s a variety of options. Airbnb offers a range of hosting that welcomes pets and with sites such as Dog Friendly Britain, it’s easy to explore your options for activities, restaurants and general doggy days out across the UK.
While taking your dog along makes for a great holiday experience, some can become anxious and excitable when it comes to travelling. By planning ahead and taking a few simple steps, you can help make sure your journey is as stress free as possible for your pooch.
Here’s our 5 top tips for travelling with your dog.
Burning off excess energy before a journey will tire your pooch out, making them more relaxed and inclined to rest. If you can, set aside some time before you leave to take your dog for a long walk, or even play with them – anything that gets them bouncing around and burning off that energy.
Bring along something your dog is familiar with; perhaps their favourite stuffed animal, a blanket, or toy. Having a scent and object that they are accustomed to will comfort and relax them.
To help alleviate stress, rub a little lavender oil between your hands and give your pet an aromatherapy rub. Start at the beginning of the spine and gently massage around the base of the head.
For some added relaxation, give your pooch a few Calm & Relaxed tube treats. The small hand-baked mini bones include calming natural ingredients such as chamomile, valerian root and L-tryptophan, to help relax your dog. Alternatively, the Calming Crunchies contain chamomile L-tryptophan, and lavender and are the perfect size to stick in a Kong, which is a great way to keep your pooch occupied for longer periods of time.
5. Keep Calm
This one applies to you! If you are feeling anxious about travelling, or worried about how your dog is going to cope, your pooch will pick up on your nervous energy. So try to stay positive and relaxed! You can benefit from these top pooch tips too; walking / playing with your dog will relieve stress and the calming scent of Lavender will stay with you post pooch massage.
A chilled and happy human makes for a chilled and happy pup!