With Easter Holidays coming up in just 2 weeks, why not take advantage of the holidays and go for a road trip with your dog? Travelling with your dog has many advtanges including; fun for everyone - whether you're a solo traveller or with the family, bringing your dog along keeps everyone busy. Dogs have a way of encouraging us to get on our feet and go for walk - you'll find yourself seeing more places and meeting new people! It's important to plan ahead and we've compiled a list for you of some dog-friendly camping grounds around Australia. If you think we're missing any good ones, let us know!
Keeping your dog retrained during travel is paramount for you and your dog's safety. If your dog is travelling in the backseat of your car, we recommend attaching a backseat hammock to your car seats for their safety and comfort. Back seat hammocks prevent your dog from falling down the gap between the seats during travel and they also protect your car seats from hair, dirt, and moisture. We also recommend securing your dog in the vehicle with a harness and seatbelt adapter. Securing your dog helps prevent injuries during any sudden stops and turns, and bumpy roads.
Keeping your dog hydrated during travel is essential. Dogs become dehydrated a lot quicker than humans do and it's important to ensure they have a source of water available at all times. A non-spill water bowl is a fantastic product that keeps your dog hydrated on the road, during rest stops, and at home.
Just like humans, dogs need time to stretch their legs and go to the bathroom after sitting in the car for extended periods of time. Taking a break every 2 hours gives everyone a chance to have a breath of fresh air and reset before continuing on the road trip.
Planning your route ahead of time will ensure your travels are easy and enjoyable. You will need to do a little research to find rest stops and camping grounds that are dog-friendly. More often than not, dogs are allowed in rest areas (providing they are on a leash), and remember to bring bags to pick up your dog's waste.
If your dog is particularly energetic, get them running around before hopping in the car. A tired dog is a behaved dog. This will tire them out and keep them well rested on the road. It's also important that your dog knows basic commands like sit, stay, lay down, and come. You'll need to have control over your dog at all times, especially in new environments. Click here to learn how to teach your dog basic commands.
The last thing you want is your dog chewing up your car seats, car seat covers and seatbelts. Giving your dog a chew toy prevents them from diverting to your car seats to keep themselves busy.
At the end of the day, you're travelling with your dog and you need have a plan of action if your dog gets lost. Ensure your dog is microchipped, attach an identification tag with your phone number to your pet's collar and keep a couple of spare identification tags on hand just in case.
You're on holidays! Enjoy them! Dogs are man's best friend and they'll enjoy going on adventures with you. You'll find yourself seeing more of the outdoors and meeting new people. If you've been on holidays with your dog or you have a trip coming up, tell us about your plans/experience in the comments section below!