Five top tips for canine friendly caravanning
Travelling in a car isn't natural for dogs, so it's important to prep your pooch for a holiday to ensure that any anxiety (signified by dribbling in a car, for example) is soothed and the dog is relaxed about taking a trip.
Caravan magazine has teamed up with the aptly-named Comfort Insurance and pet expert and pet behaviour counsellor Kris Glover of Pets in Practise to give you the five top tips for canine caravan holidays.
How to keep your pet comfortable on long journeys
1. Firstly, it is essential the dog has an opportunity to go to the toilet prior to the journey. A good long walk will not only provide lots of opportunities for this but will also tire the dog out which means they are more likely to sleep in the vehicle.
2. Secondly, dogs like comfort. So moving their bed from the house into the vehicle will allow them to feel as comfy as possible, and therefore as relaxed as possible.
3. Thirdly, a dog is much more likely to settle if they are prevented from seeing exciting things outside (e.g. a dog walking past). So try to situate the dog’s bed in a location where your dog can’t see out of any windows. Please note there will be some dogs who are more settled if they can see outside, so if your dog ticks that box, please position their bed so they can see through the window.
4. Fourthly, give them something to do. A food toy or a long lasting chew will give them a focus during the journey, which will help them to remain settled. Use a working refrigerator if one is available in the motorhome, caravan or campervan to store stuffed food toys, allowing your pet to be provided with plenty during a long journey. Chewing provides a good exercise workout for dogs and also releases endorphins from a dog's brain which are known as the “feel good” chemicals.
5. Finally, and most importantly make sure the dog has access to water (anti-spill water bowls are ideal for vehicle travel) if the inside temperature of the motorhome or vehicle is overly warm. Also, make sure the dog has an opportunity every two to three hours for a leg stretch and toilet break.
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