Our fur babies deserve the best and that’s why most of us can’t help but bring them wherever we go. Whether it’s because we need a companion on our journey or it’s because we want to treat them to a day out, taking our dogs outside is one of the best things we can do for them.
However, bringing our dogs outdoors isn’t as easy as traveling with another person as they can get a bit rowdy at times. Here are a few tips you need to know before taking them out on a trip.
Always carry plastic bags
Picking up after your dog is not only a courtesy to everyone outside, it’s even a law in most cities. You should always carry plastic bags with you so that if ever your dog decides to do a no. 2, you are ready to pick it up and throw it away. Not doing so is not only disrespectful and careless, it can also pose a health risk to others.
Bring water and a dog dish
As we all know, our dogs don’t have the capacity to sweat a lot when it gets too hot. This keeps their bodies extremely warm. Whether it’s a cool or hot day outside, it’s important that you bring a few bottles of water and a dog dish to keep your dog refreshed. Most pet stores sell collapsible dog dishes so you don’t have to worry about bringing anything bulky.
Keep the leash short
Keep in mind that not everyone is fond of dogs. Respect the personal space of others by making sure that your dog’s leash isn’t too long. Better yet, invest in a retractable leash so you can control the length easily. Ideally, your dog should only be a 1 to 3 feet away from you.
Find pet-friendly places
Not all establishments accept dogs within their premises so be sure to do a bit of research before heading out. Places like Starbucks for instance, allow dogs but only on the outside area. While you’re there, you can order a drink for yourself and a puppucino for your best bud. If you’re planning on eating out, we suggest going on a picnic in the park instead so your dog can at least play around.
Traveling with your dog is complicated but it doesn’t have to be hard. If you follow our steps above, then you and your dog will have great days ahead.