The holiday season is one of the best times of the year. Everyone is preparing for a much anticipated work hiatus, traveling to see family and throwing diets out the window in favor of feasting.
But one family member may get confused by all of the excitement and schedule changes- your dog!
While you’re making holiday plans, don’t forget to plan ahead for your pup, too. I’ve got you covered, with a holiday checklist to help your dog transition when travels commence.
Are you flying this holiday season and want to bring your dog along? The first thing you’ll want to do is contact the airlines and ask about pet services, where your dog will stay during the flight, and the supplies you’ll need.
If your dog is small enough, some airlines will let you bring her into the cabin for the flight, while larger dogs travel in cargo. Make sure you layer her crate with potty pads, because she will be required to stay in the carrier at all times.
Don’t forget to inquire about pet fees, pre-flight paperwork and if there is an age restriction for pets to fly.
Travel can be stressful for anyone, and while your dog will be overjoyed to be on an adventure with you, don’t forget to bring her favorite stuff from home to help her settle in a new environment.
If you crate-train, bring the crate and add your pup’s favorite toys or blanket. In your hotel room or rental, pick a quiet, cozy space and set it up just for your pup. This will serve as a safe place where she can go to chill out.
You’ll want to start prepping your dog for your leave of absence to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Start researching dog boarding services in your town and organize a few visits to check out the facilities and let your dog sniff around.
Dog boarding is a superb option, because your pup will be under constant supervision in a safe setting. She will get to play and socialize with her pals on a daily basis, receiving plenty of healthy exercise and socialization.
Plus, you feel peace of mind knowing that she’s under the care of dog lovin’ professionals.