Dogs are a part of the family. Therefore, you bet they are a part of your holiday celebration — whether they are going to grandma’s the next town over or in the next state.
However, having a dog around can be a bit stressful — on you and the dog. So, here are some tips to make it easier on your puppy:
- Bring the essentials: This goes without saying — make sure your pup has their food, medications if they need any, water bowls, and treats. However, you may also want to pack a few other important items in the bag. This includes: their favorite toys, their bed, and their blanket. The more familiarity, the better off you are.
- Make sure they get enough walks: I have a Jackabee, and she has a lot of energy. Therefore, make sure that you walk your dog and that you make sure that they have adequate amount of exercise. Actually, one thing that I would suggest is make sure that you go out for a longer walk than needed. That way, they’ll be calmer, and not bouncing around the car.
- Keep their routine (as much as possible): Being in a new environment is super overwhelming for them. Therefore, make sure that they keep their routine. Do they eat at 7 a.m.? Make sure to feed them. Do you go for a walk at 9 a.m.? Do the same. The more routine you keep, the better off you are.
- Communicate: This is key. For instance, make sure that everyone knows that you are bringing your dog. Make sure that they know not to feed her chocolate. Also, one of the biggest things that you can do is make sure that everyone knows how your dog behaves. For instance, I let everyone who Lucy encounters — especially those who actually don’t have dogs — that she is super jumpy. That way, they know what to expect.
- Don’t give them these: I think that we all can agree not to give your puppy chocolate. But, be sure to keep poinsettias away too. My dog is curious and gets into pretty much everything. Therefore, make sure that everyone knows to tell the puppy to stay away from these items.
- Make sure you stop: Finally, if you’re traveling more than a few hours, make sure you stop to both walk them and make sure they use the bathroom. They will appreciate it!