Your dog is part of the family and therefore deserves to go on holiday with you! Summer is an ideal time to share with your furry friend. You have more free time to share activities with your furry friend!
Taking your dog on holiday is therefore a very good idea, but it can't be improvised!
How to prepare for a holiday with your dog? Can you travel with your dog? We answer all the questions you may have!
Where to spend your holidays with your dog?
When you want to take your dog on holiday, you must first of all find out everything you can about choosing a dog-friendly destination (i.e. one that welcomes animals). Indeed, some countries or regions are more dog-friendly than others. For example, if you decide to go to a seaside resort that forbids access to the beaches for dogs, this will spoil your holiday a bit! Some cities also refuse access to parks and gardens to dogs. So be sure to check out the situation before choosing your next holiday destination with your pooch!
How do I find dog-friendly accommodation?
Accommodation is also a key issue when you go on holiday with your dog. Some tourist establishments do not accept our four-legged companions, whatever their size. Others apply a supplement depending on the size of the dog.
It is important to note that this information is not always given accurately on the websites where you search. We therefore advise you to contact the chosen establishment directly to check the conditions applying to pets.
There are websites that specialise in listing dog-friendly tourist accommodation, such as Tourisme avec Mon Chien. Do not hesitate to visit them, it will make your task easier!
What is the best way to take your dog on holiday?
The easiest way to take your dog on holiday is by car! For your dog's safety, you should take a dog carrier that can be fastened with a seat belt. If there is not enough room in the car, or if it is not possible to put him in a carrier, put him in the trunk with a net to isolate him from the rear seats. Make sure he is not disturbed by luggage and that nothing can fall on him.
Some dogs get motion sickness, and if yours does, your vet can prescribe medication or you can use homeopathy.
If you are travelling with your dog by train, you will need to buy him a ticket. If your dog is small, it will need a crate or carrier. If your dog is large, he will have to wear a muzzle. You will need to get your dog used to it before the big day to make sure that everything goes smoothly. If you want to fly, you should check with your airline, as the rules for transporting animals differ from company to company. In most cases, small dogs can travel in the cabin. For other dogs, the hold is the place to be. You'll need to get a specific crate for air travel, i.e. one that is IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved, and have fresh water for your pet inside.
What activities should you plan when you go on holiday with your dog?
Once you're there, don't forget that your dog is with you! You haven't come all this way with him to leave him alone!
You will therefore have to adapt your summer programme to the presence of your dog. Forget museums and other monuments, which generally do not accept pets. As far as walks are concerned, avoid taking them at the hottest times of the day in order to protect your canine companion's pads and limit the risk of heat stroke! (link to article heat stroke) You can go for a walk on the beach in the evening!
Swimming or water activities are ideal if your dog is comfortable with water. Holidays can also be an opportunity to try a dog sport such as canoeing and mountain biking!
The change of environment is stressful for dogs. Therefore, it is important that he finds his belongings at your holiday destination. Make sure you take his usual basket or bed, his food bowls and his toys with you. This will make him a little less confused. Don't forget his walking gear: leash, harness, lanyard, and poop bag.
To protect your little friend from fleas and ticks, give him an anti-parasite treatment.
If you are taking your dog abroad, you will need to obtain a European passport (issued by your vet), ensure that it is up to date with its vaccinations and have it vaccinated against rabies (compulsory in many countries). Don't forget to take his health booklet with you.
Now you know everything you need to know to have a good holiday with your dog! Remember that preparation is really the key to success! The Tourism with My Dog website (https://www.tourisme-avec-mon-chien.com/) can help you a lot! We hope our tips will help you and that you will have a great holiday with your dog! Don't hesitate to identify us on your holiday photos!