How to Make Visiting Family With Your Dog Easier
As we leave summer, we start to head towards one of the nation’s favourite holidays: Christmas. Christmas is the time for families to come together and celebrate the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. However, many people aren’t lucky enough to have all of their family live close-by, meaning you may have to travel to one another no matter what occasion it is – and this can sometimes become costly and time-consuming.
In some cases, you may need to cross the country to visit your family, but this doesn’t mean that you have to leave your four-legged friend in the kennels! However, driving or travelling with our dogs can be stressful sometimes for the little pooches, and for us so we need to think ahead about everything that they will need to be relaxed during the journey and when they arrive, too.
Read on for our doggy expertise on what you need to bring when travelling with your pooch, how you can make sure that your trip is successful and how to guarantee your dog remains happy the entire time.
Bring Everything That They Need
Before you get in your car and set off on your journey, you need to make sure that your boot is packed with everything that they will need. You must think about what will make the drive more comfortable for them, and also anything that they will need when you are staying at your family’s home or in a dog-friendly hotel.
You will need their food and water bowls handy for when you arrive, but also something for them to snack and sip on when you stop at service stations. Your dog might get thirsty during long journeys, so make sure that you bring a portable bowl to use at a service stop. You can munch on a Burger King while your pooch gets his fill too! You will also need to bring their bed for when you arrive at your destination as this will bring them a sense of home and calm in an unfamiliar environment. If you have a Soggy Dog Bed & Bath Combo, they could curl up in this while in the boot as it fits in most cars, otherwise just keep a blanket for them to rest with inside the car to make travelling a bit more relaxing, too.
What’s also important is bringing products to wash your dog with. You will still need to walk your dog when you visit your family, and the area around their home could be muddy and dirty. Just like you wouldn’t let your dog in your home all dirty, you shouldn’t let them traipse mud all over your families lovely carpets either. Bring their shampoo as well as a Soggy Dog Bed & Bath Combo to make bath time much simpler and more manageable. Leash them to the bath and clean off their paws outside before bringing them back in – it’s as simple as that. Don’t forget, our hybrid product can even be used as their bed, too! Just dry it off and make it all cosy for your pooch at night!
Figure Out Sleeping Arrangements
The last thing you want is to show up at your family’s house with your dog and have nowhere for them to sleep. Let your family know in advance that you are bringing your dog as there could be an issue with your four-legged friend staying at their house. They simply might not have anywhere suitable for them to sleep or their own dog may not be very sociable. This is something that you need to know in advance in case you need to book a dog-friendly B&B or hotel.
If you are staying at your family member’s house, make sure that the area where your dog is sleeping at night is easily accessible during the day, too. If there are loud noises or lots of people, it may unsettle your dog. They will feel much better having somewhere that they can get away from the noise. Make sure that you have all of this arranged before you set off as awkward last-minute conversations can put a damper on the visit.
Stick to Your Dog’s Routine
Our crucial but final tip on how to make visiting family with your dog easier is to stick to their routine. We might have a routine we stick to every day that involves getting up, getting dressed, eating breakfast and then going to work, and it’s similar for our dogs, too. Sticking to their routine of feeding, playtime and walks is essential to making your dog feel comfortable in an unfamiliar environment – they are very routine-led animals after all. If there’s a sudden shift in their routine, they could feel stressed and upset, and this, in turn, could put them in a bad mood.
Help your dog feel settled at your family’s house and make travelling with them simpler by taking this advice on board. The Soggy Dog Bed & Bath Combo can make washing your dog at home or when you’re away much smoother and easier, without the added flooding. Check out our website to learn more about the Soggy Dog Bed & Bath Combo and where you can purchase one.