Sometimes you need to take your dog with you, on a long journey or a vacation. Some people travel with their dogs often, primarily hunters and nature enthusiasts that like to have their canine friends share the experience with them. Most often, dogs are transported in the car, and it can be frustrating experience for a dog until it is used to it. Some dogs, just like humans, have motion sickness and there are steps we need to make in order to make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable.
You should never leave a dog in the trunk of your car as it is poorly lit, has no air flow and often contains poisonous gasses. They should be inside the car, secure and safe. You should, however, avoid placing them on a front seat or under your feet as that can be lethal. Placing the dog directly behind the driver is also a bad choice, because if you break suddenly the dog may hit you and you can lose the control over the car. There are special seatbelts you can purchase that can secure your dog and keep it safely in place. In some cars, there is a large rear container that can hold a dog, in that case, place something soft on the floor and pad it for safety and make it worm for the dog. You should also train the dog not to skip the seat and disturb the driver.
While in the car, make sure your dog has enough air – open a rear window, but be careful not to open it too wide. They love getting their head out, but it can be dangerous as dust and bugs can get into their eyes. If you are leaving the dog in the car while you are parked, make sure you leave it with enough air and get out of the sun – many owners forget this and consequences can be fatal. If the trip is taking longer, you need to make breaks to let the dog stretch, walk a little and go do the nature’s call. Prior to the trip, don’t feed the dog, as it may vomit everything. If this happens often, consult your vet and get the pills that can help with this problem.
If you are traveling by train or airplane – there is a set of rules you need to know in order to get on board. Most common rule for the train is that dogs taller than 30cm must travel in a container in a special section of the train – in that case make sure to get enough water and if the ride is taking longer than 5 hours – make sure to walk it to the bathroom. Smaller dogs can travel with you if it’s all right with the other passengers. In an airplane, dogs must travel in special section in a dog container. Make sure that the box is big enough so that the dog can stand up and turn around and that the water bowl is fixed to the ground.