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  • Hi, I'm Nicole Ellis.

  • I'm a certified professional dog trainer.

  • My dog Maggie and I go everywhere together.

  • In our family, we often take trips that Maggie can come along and enjoy too.

  • Proper planning can take a lot of the stress out of traveling with your pet.

  • Here are some of my top tips for traveling with a dog.

  • Step 1: Plan out your trip.

  • For road trips, plan stops for water and potty breaks.

  • It's for you both to throw a ball and take in the sights.

  • Keep a bag of items in the car for road trips which include the following.

  • An extra leash, a collapsible water bowl, extra poop bags, treats, and a towel.

  • You never know when an adventure is going to get messy or muddy.

  • Having this bag with me allows me to quickly grab what I need for Maggie, without searching through my luggage.

  • Step 2: Pack your pets food or call stores in the area to confirm you can find it there.

  • The last thing you need on vacation is to be dealing with an upset doggy tummy due to switching food.

  • Step 3: Be prepared in case of an injury.

  • Safety on the road is huge for me.

  • I've seen too many dogs that have become injured or worse in a car accident.

  • Make sure your harness or carrier is approved by the Center for Pet Safety.

  • Many companies test their own equipment, but that's not good enough.

  • In a 30 mile power crash a 12lbs dog smaller than Maggie exerts 1,000lbs of force, which is not only dangerous for the driver, but also the passenger.

  • Maggie always rides in a Sleepypod Harness.

  • It allows her to sit and lay down comfortably.

  • Most car accidents with pets inside are due to distractions caused by the pet.

  • A harness or carrier will help prevent this.

  • If you're flying, be sure to call ahead of time and speak to your airline to check the rules as they fluctuate between companies.

  • Step 4: Plan dog-friendly activities.

  • When traveling, check ahead of time which activities are actually pet-friendly and also which your pet will enjoy.

  • Maggie isn't a huge fan of museums, and she'd probably prefer to stay at a Rover sitter's home and play fetch all day.

  • Knowing in advance allows you to reach out to sitters in your area if your dog can't come join along.

  • Step 5: Check what pet-friendly hotel really means.

  • At some hotels, this means your pet is welcome in your room as you come and go.

  • Other times, this means your dog is welcome as long as you are in the room, but they can't be left unaccompanied.

  • Step 6: Have a great time and create some amazing memories together.

Hi, I'm Nicole Ellis.

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    Ingrid posted on 2019/05/11
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