Traveling with your dog during the holiday season can be stressful, to say the least. Just last week my dog Chelsea chose the security line at Tampa Airport to liberate herself of a bucket-worth of volcanic diarrhea. I can laugh about it now, but it was definitely something I’d like to avoid in the future.
Even if your pup doesn’t have horrific tummy-troubles when they get nervous as mine does, these tips for traveling with your dog can help your Christmas go smoothly.
If your dog typically gets anxious in the car or around new people, it’s best to address the issue before it causes any problems. Some of the best anxiety relief products when traveling for your dog are just a few clicks away on Amazon. Treats like Zesty Paws Calming Bites are designed to keep dogs calm in stressful situations such as in cars or during thunderstorms.
If you have a picky eater on your hands, you can try jackets or vests by ThunderShirt that wrap around your pup tightly like a warm hug. Hundreds of dog parents rave about their products as they reduce anxiety and can help to keep your dog calm during travel.
Prior to traveling, take your dog for an extra-long walk or allow them to run around the yard for a while. Tiring them out will not only make them less resistant to traveling but they’ll be more comfortable sitting for several hours. While you’ll still want to give them the opportunity to stretch their legs when they can, giving them extra exercise will ensure they don’t get hyper in the car or on the plane.
Regardless of what the airline tells you, this is not a safe way to travel with your pet. There is no temperature control which can be especially dangerous for brachycephalic breeds such as pugs and bulldogs. Ensure your pup’s safety and fly with a pet-friendly airline that allows you to keep them in a TSA-approved dog carrier by your seat. Many airlines are accommodating larger dogs also, so there are no excuses!
Your pup may not be human, but traveling with your dog by car this Christmas shouldn’t mean their safety is put at risk. If you have a smaller dog under 25 pounds, they should be in car seat like this K&H Bucket Booster Seat. Medium and large dogs should be buckled in with a safety-tested harness seatbelt.
While they may not be a runner when they’re at home, traveling with your dog can put things out of whack. It’s for this reason why they should always be wearing a collar or harness with your contact information on it. Even if they’re microchipped, having your phone number will allow anyone who finds your pup to give you a call right away.
What are some of your tricks and tips when traveling with your dog during Christmas? Leave your advice in the comments!
I’m Rose! Get lost with me as I travel the world with my spoiled dog Chelsea in hopes of accidentally uncovering a few hidden gems along the way. Far from being considered a planner, it’s not uncommon that we stumble upon both the best and the worst of what this world has to offer.
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