With holidays and vacations, you may be considering bringing your pup along for travel, instead of boarding him or her. Keep holiday stress to a minimum this season, by keeping these travel tips in mind.
Secure your dog in the car
Siberian Huskies are large, rambunctious dogs. While the worst-case scenario is one that no one wants to think about, the fact remains that a Husky can easily cause the driver to become distracted. Pack your dog’s crate in the car, keeping him or her secure during the drive. If the crate will not fit, consider a doggy seat belt or tether device. Not only will this keep the driver from becoming distracted, but will also keep your dog safe in the event of an accident.
Have emergency information handy
Before hitting the road, pack copies of vaccination and vet records. In the rare case of an emergency, these records can help expedite an unexpected trip to vet. Should you decide your Husky is just too energetic for your great grandma’s house, having this information will help you get him into doggy day care or a nearby boarding facility.
Don’t allow anyone to feed your dog table scraps
During the holidays, everyone is feeling extra charitable. While your Husky may have the cutest puppy dog eyes at the dinner table, make sure everyone knows not to treat your dog. Holiday foods such as onion, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, caffeine, xylitol, alcohol, poultry skin, and currants can cause serious reactions.
Don’t forget exercise
A happy Siberian Husky is a tired Siberian Husky. Try to keep your routine as normal as possible to avoid having your dog do zoomies around the Christmas tree. If your pup normally gets a couple three-mile walks per day, aim to get two twenty minute walks per day. Obviously the holidays allow a little leeway, but for the sanity of everyone involved, be sure not to skimp too much on your dog’s physical needs.
Research the closest dog park
When researching your destination, look up where the closest parks, restaurants, and dog friendly breweries are relative to your destination. Look for local day care or boarding facilities, should your Husky need a break from the holiday chaos. Also look for the nearest veterinary clinic, in case of an emergency.
Understand that accidents happen
Your Husky loves routine and may not understand what is happening the first night at your destination. There will be new smells, sights, people, and sounds. If an accident happens, quietly clean up the mess and move on. Be sure to pack a travel-size bottle of pet odor remover or cleaning spray, and fess up to the accident, should the host take notice.
Including your Husky in your holiday plans is probably a no-brainer. After all, what better breed to spend with Christmas morning, cuddled up to in front of the fireplace? With a little bit of research and preparation, you can ensure a safe, happy, and healthy holiday for you and your best friend.