Summer is approaching and many of us ate planning some type of vacation. Many of us treat the dog ab part of the family and want to have him together with rest of the pack during vacation period. Unfortunately this kind of vacation requires a lot of planning and preparation to be stress free and relaxing.
Vacation with dog on camp sites:
Before leaving insure that your dog has valid vaccination.
If you are planning to spend vacation in the wilderness you might reserve camping spots. On all biggest camp sides in US and in Canada (provincial camp sides) dogs are welcome but on the leash at all times. Your dog should be leash trained.
Vacation with dog using hotels
If you are planning to travel with stops in the hotels, check hotel pet policy before making reservation. Now days many hotels are accepting pets, but even these might have restrictions for some breeds or sizes.
Traveling by car for vacation with dog
If you are going to travel by car the best idea is to have dog crate trained. Arrange the crate in the car, Line the crate with his blanket add couple of toys or chewy bone (rolled up hide or something similar). Traveling in a crate insures the dog that he has sufficient space. If longer trip is planned allow for the breaks to let your dog to stretch, run and sip some water. For meals you might consider a pick-up and consume it on the picnic area, where your dog can rest as well. If you have to leave your dog for a while in the car remember to park in the shadow and leave open window, as during hot day temperature in the car might rapidly grow up.
Traveling for vacation with dog by airplane:
Some airlines are accepting small size dogs in the cabin. The larger breads have to go in crates as cargo. Check with the airline for costs and crate requirements before purchasing your tickets. Information about airline pet policies may be found on internet. In latest years some airline refused taking large crates. Crate training is a must before travel to avoid anxiety. If travel is long include water supply in crate.
Traveling for vacation with dog – calming your dog anxiety.
A study published by the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association showed that lavender had a positive effect in calming travel induced excitement in dogs. The results showed that when each dog was in the environment of lavender scent, they remained seated the majority of the time, were calmer, and less vocalized than the dogs that traveled without lavender scent.
When purchasing crate for your puppy remember that sides of the crate should be stiff and durable to provide for your dog his very own safe, special place. Crate Training should be pleasant and combine with game. From the beginning you should introduce puppy to the crate. Place your clean crate in the middle of the room with door fully open and place a toy in the crate. Let the puppy walk around, sniff, go inside pick the toy and go back outside. Play with the toy for a while. Next throw in a treat and let puppy to get in and get it. Now close the door just for few seconds and then let puppy out and repeat play with the treat lengthening the time of closed door until puppy is able to stay in the crate up to 5 minutes. During crate training when door is closed try to get out of puppy site. Don’t open when puppy is whining. Open it when he is quiet. Keep crate open during play time and let puppy to run in and out freely. Never punish puppy by locking him up in the crate as it should be his sanctuary, his safest place and resting spot.
Crate training can help you with the potty training, but the crate should be just big enough for your puppy to stand up and turn around. If the crate is too big, its far corner could become his potty place. Do not feed your puppy just before locking him up in the crate for many hours. Plan to give him food about two hours earlier and let him relief himself outside before resting in crate. Always plan to take your dog outside just after releasing him from the crate.
It is recommended to go through crate training with the puppy if you are planning to travel with your dog or you participate in dog shows in the future.
A young puppy has a very small bladder, and they dot have the ability to control it. The more they drink, the more often they have to urinate. You have to be prepared for eventual accidents.
Choose a place you want your puppy to go potty. It should be close, easy accessible and easy to clean. Choice of the potty place will differ depending on your living condition. If you live in apartment building, you may choose a pen placed in your bathroom. If you live in a house with the yard you probably would choose just closest outdoors. If you are often out of the house living your puppy alone at home you might consider crate training.
Prepare pen lined with tissue paper or training pads. Training pads attract puppy to pee on them with scent.
Schedule feeding time to be able to predict when puppy needs to poop. It happens just after the meal.
Observe puppy’s behaviour. When you notice that puppy is starting to pee, pick him up and set in the pen to finish his business. If any urine got dropped, clean it very well to get rid of smell and not attract puppy to this spot again.
Set puppy on the pen just after he wakes up. This is most likely moment for need of relief.
Schedule your walks with puppy outdoors to start accustom him to relief himself during walks.
Slowly start taking away some tissue paper from pen.