Top tips for taking a trip with your dog

Dog on a camping trip

Camping and caravanning trips are a great way to take a trip with your four-legged friend in tow, with plenty of opportunities for you and your dog to explore the great outdoors.

While a touring holiday or accommodation under canvas can help to keep things flexible, there’s still a few measures you can take to ensure your dog is content on your travels.

Caroline Spencer, natural canine behaviourist at Bella & Duke, has shared her top tips holidaying with your pet pooch.

Create a doggy checklist

Making a list of everything you need for your pet, including their favourite toy, food, lead and water bowl will ensure you don’t leave any of the essentials behind.

Research your destination

Getting information in advance about dog-friendly places in the local area and good walking routes will help prevent any unforeseen hiccups.

Plan for comfortable travel

Consider your dog’s comfort in the car or motorhome during your journey, with shades to block out direct sun, regular stops and plenty of air conditioning.

Refrain from washing the dog bed

Tempting as it might be to freshen up your dog’s bed prior to your holiday, allowing it to maintain the familiar smells from home will keep your pooch calm.

Let your dog explore

Giving your pet a chance to explore the area as soon as you arrive will help them to acclimatise quickly and feel safe in their surroundings.

Keep the dog food fresh

If your dog is used to a raw food diet, you can transport its meals in a cool bag with ice packs or invest in a small plug-in freezer for your caravan or motorhome.

Pack treats

Rewarding your dog with treats for a successful journey and settling down in your destination is a good idea, so don’t forget to bring them with you.

Choose activities you’ll both enjoy

Think about the types of things both you and your dog enjoy doing together and organise an itinerary that incorporates them into your holiday.

Keep things the same

Consistency is key for dogs, so be sure to act the same way with them on your camping or caravan trip as you would at home.

Pack water for longer walks

One of the benefits of being away from everyday life is the chance to take your dog on longer walks, so make sure they stay well hydrated.

Ms Spencer said: “Going on holiday should be fun for both you and your dog. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together, away from work and other distractions.

“It’s important to find the right balance between bringing some home comforts, like their cosy bed or favourite toy, and going out, exploring nature and having new adventures.”