Tips and tricks for winter travel with your furry friends
(NC) Many of us are looking forward to a ski trip getaway, or maybe even a warmer weather refuge. Whether it’s going south for some sun or taking a weekend drive to enjoy the snow, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re bringing your dog along.
- Do your research: Travelling can be stressful and filled with a variety of variables, especially when trips include a furry friend. If you’re going on a road trip, research your route and plan stops ahead of time to ensure your pet gets bathroom breaks and a chance to burn off some energy. Travelling by plane or crossing the border may also require certain documentation, so look into policies ahead of time to avoid any confusion.
- Make your pup as comfortable as possible. Between carriers, bedding and even specialty seatbelts, there are a variety of products designed to keep your pets comfortable and safe while travelling. It’s important to bring plenty of water, food and treats to maximize comfort and keep them nourished.
- Bring a little piece of home with you. To ease the travel period, bring along a favourite toy or a blanket with a familiar smell. Little items like these will help make your fur baby feel right at home and reduce any anxiety they may feel while travelling.
- Consider a pet sitter. While we want to spend as much time with our four-legged friends as possible, sometimes it doesn’t make sense to bring them along for the trip. If your pet finds travelling to be overly stressful, consider using a service like Rover.com to find a local pet-sitter. This way, your pet can relax and feel comfortable in their own home and give you a tail-wag as soon as you return.