Preparing your dog for your jolly holidays

Did you know that around eight million households have a canine companion?! With so many beloved canines being an important member of each family, it’s no wonder that so many of us get excited about taking them on holiday with us too.

Whether you’re planning a long car journey, a ferry journey or a flight, we’ve put together a handy checklist to ensure you have everything you need to keep your furry friend happy and healthy during your next adventure.

Before you travel:

Pet Passports - Pet passports are necessary if you plan to bring your dog to or from a European Union country, or another country from which the UK accepts pet passports – such as the USA, Australia and Japan – without them needing to go through quarantine. 

To obtain a pet passport you’ll need to take your pet, its identity and vaccination records and any rabies blood test results (if you have them) to a vet (only vets can enter information into a pet passport). For more information on this please visit https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/pet-passport.

Update your details - Make sure your dog’s microchip details are up to date and that they are wearing an up to date collar too. If you’re going somewhere where the language is different, it can help to have a temporary collar in that language too.

Research the holiday area - Find out the best places in that area that are dog-friendly. Find the nearest places to walk your dog, make a list of local places to eat that allow dogs, and make sure you’ve read the rules regarding dogs on furniture at your holiday home.

What to pack:

Poop bags
Food (not too much while travelling, this should help travel sickness)
Medical records and passport
Medication (if your dog regularly takes any)
A short lead and harness
Travel crate
Collapsible food and water bowls
Bed/Blanket
Window shade (if travelling in a car)
A towel
Wet wipes
A favourite toy (this can help with their comfort and in keeping their attention)

Once you arrive:

Pet-proof the building - Remember that everything will smell new and exciting for your canine friend. It’s best to remove anything chewable from dog-height and transfer your scent into as many rooms as possible.

Show them around - Make sure you give your dog the guided tour and keep them in sight while they explore. Show them where the garden is, so they know where to head if they need the toilet too.

Take them for a good walk - After a long journey they may well have some pent-up energy, if they seem excited to explore, take them for a walk to reward them for behaving during the journey.

Remember, the better prepared you are, the more comfortable your dog’s travelling experience will be. We hope you have a lovely holiday together.