Pets can bring peace and warmth to your household, especially if you live on your own. For families, a pet is a necessary addition; many parents and children don’t consider the family is complete without a dog or a cat. And it’s easy to understand why. Don’t you feel at peace when you come back home and stroke your pet? This simple gesture eliminates the stress you’ve accumulated during the day. In many ways, pets can improve the quality of your life. Except when it comes to travelling. Travel with a pet lacks spontaneity, as you need to prepare ahead to ensure that everything will run smoothly for your dog or cat. Besides, it can be tricky to find rentals that are pet-friendly. But here are some expert tips to make your travel experience more pleasant.
In town and on holiday
The basic of owning a dog is to train it to walk with you and follow your rule. For some people, establishing discipline comes naturally. For others, it’s a challenge! Ideally, you need to ensure that your pet is a model citizen before you can take it on walks and holiday with you. If restrictive training isn’t your thing, you can achieve excellent results with planned reactions, which implies that you react accordingly to your furry friend’s behaviour and replace punishing with strategic distraction. And finally, don’t forget to play your part: there is no poo fairy to clear after your dog!
Taking the plane?
If you’re planning to fly with your dog, you need to know that there are only special circumstances under which you can take your pet in cabin. In fact, most airline companies refuse animals in the cabin, except in two situations. If your dog is a guide dog, you are allowed to take it with you, assuming that you’ve warned the company. Emotional support animals such as cats and dogs with a certified ESA letter are authorised in the cabin. You might need to get in touch with the airline company is your assistance animal is not a or a dog.
If you’re planning to take your pet abroad, you will need to get a pet passport from your vet. However, you need to be aware of the regulations inherent to pet travels. Your pet might require to stay in quarantine before re-entering the UK, which is a stressful situation. You can avoid it for short holidays if you choose to leave your pet with a trusted dog kennel or cattery.
Travelling by car
If you’re planning a road trip with your pet, do make sure to plan your route ahead. Your pet will need regular breaks of 15 to 30 minutes every few hours, so it’s essential to pick pet-friendly spots. For cats, you need to train your furry friend to walk on a lead so that they can also go out the car and relieve themselves during the breaks. If you’re worried that your pet might get car sick, it’s a good idea to discuss travel sickness medicines with your vet first. Remember to pack some of your pet’s favourite toys for comfort too!
Ultimately, most pets enjoy travelling with their families. With the appropriate training and preparation, you can make it an enjoyable and relaxing experience for all.