7 tips for taking your dog on holiday

Being a dog owner makes so many things in life so easy, like an evening being well spent by simply just curling up on the sofa. What’s not so easy, is being able to make spontaneous bookings for that trip you’ve just seen on PetsPyjamas’ travel guide, because there’s so much to plan. The last thing you’ll want is to arrive at your holiday destination realising you’ve forgotten the poo bags.

We’ve simplified it for you so you know exactly what you need to consider before you can up and go:

Check the accommodation

Booking through designated dog-friendly sites like PetsPyjamas will ensure you find the perfect place to call home for the holiday, with added touches like dog treats to make you smile and your dog’s tail wag. Find the perfect location for the whole family to retreat to after a long day out, muddy paws and all.

Visit the vet before you go

Before you jet off, make sure your dog’s up to date with any treatments, vaccinations and general health checks. Once this is ticked off your list, you’ll be able to watch your dog race across the beach and bound over the hills without a care in the world. If you’re heading abroad, check to see if there are any local diseases to be aware of and chat to your vet first.

Passports at the ready

Just like you, your dog won’t be allowed to cross the UK border (both in and out) without their passport. If you’re going abroad this summer, you’ll need to have your dog’s passport, find out everything you need to know here.

Make an essential item checklist

Imagine the look your dog would give you when you arrived at your long awaited destination to realise you’d forgotten to pack their favourite toy. Making a list a few weeks in advance will help you to make sure you’ve got absolutely everything you need – even if you do leave the packing until the last minute.

Refresh your dog’s command knowledge

Remember that scene in Marley and Me where Marley gets sight of a bird and runs after it, only to be chased down the beach by a mortified Owen Wilson and his friend in convoy? In reality, onlookers might not be quite so amused. You won’t want your dog terrorising local fauna, so practising commands together will give you added peace of mind when you’re off exploring.

Practise travelling

If your dog’s not used to longer drives, getting some practice in before you go can help them enjoy the journey more. Make sure you’ve got a safety harness for when the car’s moving and stop regularly for breaks to stretch all the legs in the car.

Peace of mind

Unwinding into holiday mode is a glorious feeling and you’ve earned it. Just make sure your relaxed self is still keeping an eye on how your dog’s getting on, making sure they’re staying away from steep drops on cliffside walks, not swimming too far out in the sea and getting on well with other dogs and animals.

 

Originally published on tails.com/blog.

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Everything you need to know about dog passports

If you’re heading abroad with your canine companion this year, one of the things on your holiday checklist should be your dog’s pet passport. Here’s what you need to know:

What is a pet passport?

A pet passport is an official document that includes a record of all the treatments your pet has had. It allows animals to travel abroad to certain countries via Eurotunnel and ferries under the Pet Travel Scheme. Without it, your dog won’t be allowed to leave or re-enter the UK.

What information does it contain?

Your dog’s pet passport includes:

  • Details of ownership
  • Their description, including their unique microchip ID
  • Details of your dog’s vaccinations, blood tests and any treatments

How do I get a pet passport?

Pet passports are available from most vets. In order to apply, you’ll need to take your dog’s vaccination and other medical records with you. If your vet doesn’t issue pet passports, they’ll be able to give you the details of one that does. In order to leave and re-enter the UK, you’ll need to make sure your dog:

  • Has been microchipped
  • Is older than 15 weeks at the time of travelling
  • Is vaccinated against rabies
  • Has been treated for tapeworm

Note: Chat to your vet about the timelines needed for vaccinations and treatments.
Some countries that aren’t listed under the Pet Travel Scheme can be more complicated to travel to.

Before you go, check to see if your destination is listed so you can make any specific preparations that might be required.

 

Originally published on tails.com/blog.

Your dog’s holiday checklist sorted

Once the holiday’s booked, it’s time for the countdown begin. It’s time to download that countdown app on our phones and make sure the whole family’s up to date on how many sleeps are left.

Yet, no matter how far in advance we plan, there always seems to be that one thing that we’ve forgotten. And when you’ve got four more legs coming with you, there are a few extra things you’ll need to pack in the bag too:

For staying hydrated:

Portable water bowl and water bottle

Travelling is thirsty work. For those stops when you all need to stretch your legs and big long drink, make sure you’re all stocked up for the whole family.

For getting comfortable:

Blankets

Long journeys in the car are far more enjoyable when you’re comfortable. Your dog will thank you for making that hard back seat a softer cushion to lie on.

Favourite toy

Home comforts (like that one toy they always bring to the front door when you come home) will make your dog feel much better about being in the car.

Food and treats:

Your dog’s Tails.com Tailor-made blend

Holidays aren’t the same without enjoying delicious food, so don’t forget to take your dog’s favourite with you.

Dental Dailies

There’s no need to forget about dental hygiene just because you’re on holiday. Keep your dog’s breath fresh with one a day.

Training treats

To make sure your dog’s being just as obedient as they are when they’re at home.

Practical makes perfect:

Poo bag holder (full of poo bags)

Hands up if you’ve got a story about being caught out without one? You won’t want that story to have taken place in a car. Trust us on this one.

Travel sickness pills (if needed)

These can be handy to keep in the glove compartment for dogs who are prone to car sickness. If your dog needs a prescription, chat to your vet before you go.

Lead

Different walks sometimes require different leads, so take the ones you know you’ll need.

Travel towel & Grooming Kit

Rolling in the river? Splashing in the sea? Pouncing in the pond? Getting wet in the water is a delight for many dogs, but the smell of wet dog isn’t so great for owners…

Raincoat

If you’re holidaying in the UK, you’ll know we’re being serious when we say that rain is a very real possibility.

First aid kit

Sometimes accidents happen, and being prepared is always smart.

To keep them entertained:

Favourite toys

A holiday well spent is one that’s been filled with fun. Take tug ropes, balls or whatever floats your dog’s boat to play with.

Camera/Phone

Ok, this one isn’t specifically for your dog, but we know you’ll want to capture your favourite family moments for sure.

And if you’re heading abroad:

Before you get excited and begin to look at booking last minute deals, it’s important to make sure you’ve met all the necessary requirements for pet travel.

 

Originally published on tails.com/blog.

How to keep a cold dog warm

As the cold weather continues, we’re piling on the layers to wrap up warm. The last thing we want is to be freezing cold while we go about our daily business. It’s not just us humans who feel the cold, our dogs can feel the chill too. Here are 7 ways to keep your dog warm:

Jackets and jumpers

As well as giving your dog the opportunity to make a fashion statement, jackets and jumpers are great for keeping warm. Make sure any clothing you purchase is a good fit for your dog, as well as warm and soft. Some jumpers are much harder to put on than others, so for dogs who aren’t so flexible, look for clothing with buttons or velcro tabs.

Warm beds and blankets

During the winter months, a cosy bed is the ultimate haven to retreat to. Invest in a warm bed with plenty of comfy blankets and try to keep it in a place away from any draughts.

Waterproof coats

If your dog really doesn’t like going out in the rain, a waterproof coat can prevent them from noticing the rain falling on their skin and coat. A coat will also keep your dog dry and add an extra layer of warmth.

Keep fur longer

Your dog’s fur is their source of warmth during the winter, so when it’s cold, try to keep it as long as possible. Make sure you brush their coat thoroughly, as matted hair doesn’t insulate a dog from the cold as well and is less efficient at keeping out snow and rain.

Minimise the amount of baths

In colder weather, it takes a lot longer for a wet dog to dry. Try to minimise the amount of baths you give your dog and when bathing, do so indoors with warm water and dry your dog thoroughly as soon as you can.

Increase exercise in the home to avoid longer walks

Even if the weather outside is frightful, your dog still needs both physical and mental exercise! Mental stimulation is just as important for your dog as physical exercise is, and is key to their mental development throughout their life. If it’s too cold for the two of you to head out on a long walk, try bringing some exercises indoors with some homemade obstacle courses and running up and down the stairs.

Don’t be tempted to overfeed

It’s tempting to feed extra food in colder weather to help your dog keep warm, but it’s an easy route to weight gain, especially if your dog is spending less time exercising outside.

It’s also worth noting that during the winter months, dogs are more prone to illnesses and respiratory infections, so keep an eye out for any changes in health conditions. If your dog seems to be especially cold, check their ear tips and tail tips. If the tips look and feel cold, this could be a sign that frostbite has occurred. In this case, wrap your dog up in blankets and towels to warm them gradually and head over to see your vet as soon as possible.

 

Originally published on tails.com/blog.

The 9 poos every dog owner will know

Life with your dog can be full of surprises, like that one you found behind the sofa when you only nipped out to the shops for an hour. 💩

When it comes down to poo, us dog owners have seen it all. Meet the 9 poos you’ll have picked up at some point in your dog’s life.

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The nightmare poo. Will likely need some support from water to wash away.
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Easy to scoop, strange to look at. Provokes questions as to how it came to be.
It’s smooth, it’s scoopable – there’s no better poo out there.
Why even bother?
A wondrous creation for your dog to be proud of.

 

You saw the squat, you moved towards the squat but the poo’s final resting place is unknown. Cue the quest for the lost poo.
They say that two’s company and the Double Logger knows this to be the case.
This one has dreams of its own.
Where did it come from? What even is it? We’ll never know.

So whichever poo the day brings, rejoice – for the days of frantic poo bag pocket-searching are over. As part of your monthly tails.com bundle, your dog’s poo bags can be delivered with their tails.com food, straight to your door.

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Originally published on tails.com/blog.