Holidaying with your dog
Summer is not over yet - and besides, everyone knows September is the new August! If you're planning to take a trip with your dog, this is the time to do it. Whether you're planning a road trip, a camping trip, a seaside vacation or simply a hike, it is important to be prepared.
Of course, food is the first thing you need to think of! Unless you're leaving for a day trip, in which case some treats may do, you will need to ensure you bring enough dog food to last the entire trip.
A good rule of thumb is to pack enough to last a couple of days more than the planned trip, to be prepared in case any unexpected issues force you to prolong your stay. A good food carrier will make food easy to transport, as well as keeping it fresh.
If you are travelling by car, remember that your dog must be secured - not only is it a legal requirement, but it can quite literally save both of your lives in case of accident. For the less dangerous types of accidents in the car, such as muddy paws, a good seat cover is a somewhat less literal lifesaver!
While it's good to let your dog have a good run off-lead, there are places where it's important to keep them on-lead - such as around livestock, or while hiking. On a hike, hands-free leads to secure at your belt are ideal.
While camping, you may need to ensure your dog is secured while you're busy - a long line will give you peace of mind, and ensure your dog doesn't wander off or run after wildlife.
Some dogs can sleep comfortably outdoors - think of Huskies, or Newfoundlands! - but others will need some extra comfort! A good dog bed, better yet if water-resistant and easy to clean, is a must.
Warm days made camping trips and hikes enjoyable, but remember - overheating is a real risk to your dog, so keep an eye on that and make sure you know what to do!