Wags & Kisses column

by Jill Murray

Tips for vacationing with your pup

After being stuck at home for so long, many people are anxious to begin taking vacations. After all, it is summertime!

Are you considering traveling with your pooch, but think it may be too stressful?

Bringing your dog along on vacation does not have to be stressful if you follow some basic guidelines. 

Pack their bag. Your four-legged friend will need their food, treats, any medicine they take, and plenty of water. Packing that special toy—and a few new toy—is a good idea. You will need their leash—and, of course, plenty of poop bags. Before leaving for your trip, make sure your dog is comfortable using many different surfaces as their bathroom. You can never be sure that you will have access to that perfect patch of grass.

When in unfamiliar places, dogs have a tendency to do unpredictable things. Limit their freedom when staying in a hotel, a relative’s house, or a vacation rental. Traveling with their crate will not only give them a safe haven, but it will help you keep them from getting into things they should not.

Make sure you have an updated ID tag on your dog’s collar with your dog’s name and your cell phone number in case they manage to get away. Have their medical records, including all vaccinations.

Plan for frequent bathroom breaks and time for exercise. Please do not leave your dog alone in the car, especially in the summer.

Doing a little preparation is all you need to have a “paw-sitively” amazing vacation with your whole family! 

Jill Murray, a certified dog trainer, operates Wags & Kisses, LLC in Burgess. Contact Murray at wagsnxx@gmail.com.