Holiday travel is stressful, whether you are traveling by car, bus or plane; the roads are busier, buses are packed and the airports crowded. While it might be nice to take your dog with you as a co-passenger, this actually adds to the headache and can be very stressful on your dog too. However, leaving your pet at home also requires careful consideration on your part.
So here are some guidelines for ensuring you a stress-free trip and a merrier season for your pet:
Leaving your dog at home
If you have decided that your pet will feel uncomfortable in the hustle and bustle of long hours of travelling then there are many options to give both of you a peace of mind.
- Dog boarding
Dog boarding in Oklahoma may cost more than other options but it offers top quality service, dependability, and it is sure to take great care of your dog. While you’re away, your pet wants more attention and comfort to help keep his mind off of your absence. However, before selecting a boarding service, you should look into the track record of the company. Are there any reviews? Has anyone you know used them? Most importantly, what does your dog think of the facilities and the staff? Some dogs are choosy about their boarding place. Before booking a stay, give your dog the chance to get to know the place and the people.
- Hiring a pet sitter
Another great alternative to dog boarding is to hire a pet sitter. This is usually a cheaper alternative to dog boarding, especially if you can pay a friend or family member to watch your dog. Before hiring a professional pet sitter, check out their background. Many pet sitters will be happy to visit your home a couple times a day to care for your dog; others might prefer to take him to their own home. What matters most is how comfortable your dog will be with the arrangement.
- Dog boarding
Travelling by car
Small breeds of dogs are most convenient to travel, clearly. Larger dogs may cause a ruckus in the car, making your drive less safe. For high energy dogs, the best option for a road trip is a kennel in the back seat or rear compartment if you drive a van or SUV. Be sure to bring a leash so you can let your dog out for some fresh air and to relieve himself at least every hour of travel or so. Also remember that warm, sunny weather can be very dangerous for anyone left in a car, dogs included.
- Travelling by air
Service animals such as guide dogs get flying permits so long as they meet all legal and airline policy requirements. Most airlines will permit dogs in the plane cabin if they are kept in a kennel. When travelling internationally, you may have to check your dog as live cargo, which isn’t as awful as it sounds. In fact, many pet travel agencies can work with the airline and governments to help you ensure your dog arrives safe and sound with you.