Taking your dog on holiday can be fun for everyone – after all, things just aren’t the same without the whole family there!
The key to a successful trip with your pooch is preparation. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to ensure your pets remain happy and stress-free throughout the holiday season.
Stock up on supplies
Plan the journey
Other modes of travel can also be pet friendly – dogs can be checked in to an air-conditioned section of the hold on Air NZ flights, and both Interislander and Bluebridge ferries have kennels on board that can be booked ahead of time.
Book accommodation in advance
From pet-friendly motels to campgrounds and campervan rentals, there is sure to be something that fits your budget and holiday style. Although the number of pet-friendly accommodation and travel options are increasing, these are often the first to book out. So start organising your accommodation well in advance to avoid spending an uncomfortable night in the car.
Prep your dog’s itinerary too
Research local dog-friendly activities as well as places destinations and venues like pubs and cafes.
The app Paw Planet has plenty of suggestions ranging from pet-friendly restaurants to dog parks, and is an easy way to see what is around in a new area.
Get a health check
Visit your vet to make sure your dog is up to date with vaccinations and flea/worm treatments. Also check:
Keep in mind that for many pups the change in routine that comes with travel can be stressful, so the more you can plan ahead to make sure your dog is safe and comfortable, the more you can all relax and enjoy your holiday!