Does Your Dog Like to Travel?
We are not a big traveling family. We’ve traveled so much for work over the years, getting to stay home is a luxury. Plus, with two “large” dogs, traveling can be a challenge. I am uncomfortable with putting the dogs in the cargo hold on a plane, so that limits travel to places we can easily drive to.
Ten-fifteen years ago when we had Sally and Tino, we could be much more adventurous. They were both young enough to endure long car rides and confident enough to enjoy anything new. We spent a lot of time in Palm Desert where my parents had a home and explored miles and miles of hiking trails in the area. We spent lots of time at various beaches in CA with them and many trips to Big Bear to hike and fish and swim. Sally and Tino loved every minute of our trips. But Maggie is still skittish and exposing her to new places can be a frightening experience for her. She loves swimming in the lake and hiking in the woods, but finding a “safe zone” in an unfamiliar house is a challenge. I hate to see her stressed like that, so our traveling is limited.
With the vacation season upon us, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the helpful posts we’ve written about traveling with your pups:
Preventing Motion Sickness in your Dog: One of the key things to be aware of, especially if you are driving is preventing car sickness. We’re lucky than none of our dogs have ever suffered from it, but it can be a real problem. We offer some tips on recognizing the signs and preventing it.
Vacation Safety: Keeping your pups and yourselves safe is critical when you are far from home and your own veterinarian. Read this for a long list of helpful tips.
Staycationing with your Dog: If you are like us and aren’t thrilled about the idea of traveling, check out our post on “staycationing” for lots of ideas for fun things to do that don’t require a suitcase.
Hope you enjoy your summer – do you have any trips planned?