No matter whether you’re flying across the world or planning a holiday a little closer to home, these trips are the perfect time to create new memories that will last a lifetime, and the same can be said for your pup! But before you hit the road or take to the skies, there are a few things you’ll need to pack to make sure your furry friend is comfortable, and has everything they need for their own holiday. From food and water bowls to leads and toys, here are four essential things you’ll need to send them packing with on their Digs for Dogs holiday.
Food and water bowls
Pets will need access to food and water at all times, so it’s important to pack their bowls. While our home boarding families often have their own pet bowls, they may not be the right size or style for your pet. Moreover, some pets are fussy about where they eat and drink, so it’s best to stick with their usual bowls. And if you pooch loves joining in on some hiking trips or spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure they bring along a portable water bowl that can be easily filled up when needed.
We like to help keep your pooch in their usual routine whilst away from home, so make sure you pack enough food for them so they can continue to enjoy eating what they are used to – along with their favourite post walk or supper treat!
Leads, harnesses & poo bags
Whether you’re loving home boarder is taking your four-legged friend for a walk around the block or exploring a new park, it’s important to have their lead. A harness is also a good idea if your pet tends to pull when walking, as new smells and locations can be very exciting and stimulating for your dog. You should make sure that both the lead and harness are comfortable and easy to use; no one wants to be wrestling with gear while trying to enjoy a leisurely stroll.
Toys and treats
Pets get bored just like humans do, so it’s important to pack a few of their favourite toys to keep them entertained during car rides, sleepovers or longer holidays. Beyond keeping them happy, a few tid-bits from home can help to keep them calm and prevent any anxiety when setting in their holiday home, which will hopefully prevent any accidents from happening. As well as toys, don’t forget the treats! Positive reinforcement goes a long way, especially when your pet is in an unfamiliar place. Be sure to pack enough for their entire trip, plus a few extras in case of emergencies. If they enjoy a little pea-mutt butter in a Kong, or a Dentastix at night, it always helps to have them on hand to settle them back down after an adventure.
You wouldn’t leave home without your own travel documents, and the same goes for your pet. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork, including proof of vaccinations, before their collection date. We also require pets to have a microchip – check with your veterinarian well in advance of your dog’s trip so they have time to take care of this if necessary.
Pets are great companions, but they also require a lot of gear – especially when travelling. By packing food and water bowls, leads, harnesses, toys, treats, and all of their travel documents, you can rest assured that both you and your pet will have an enjoyable trip. If you are planning a ‘staycation’ instead this year, and taking the pooch along with you, visit this guide to driving with pets.