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Travelling with Dogs

Stress free travelling with dogs

Our dogs are very much a part of the family and we enjoy including them in our daily lives as much as is practically possible. When thinking about holidays or short breaks, days out or pub meals it is important that the dogs will be as welcomed, comfortable and catered for as we are.

Despite our 'dog loving nation' reputation, many establishments in Britain are far less dog-friendly than those in other countries, such as France or Italy. However, there are dog-friendly shops, pubs, hotels, beaches, campsites, cottages, workplaces and cafes where both you and your four-legged friends are positively welcomed.

Forward planning is the key to safe, comfortable and stress free travel with your dog

Puppies and young dogs should be gradually accustomed to car travel by taking regular short journeys. 

Dogs should be taught to settle down while travelling and ideally should be restrained by a seat-belt harness, dog guard or dog travel cage where possible.

Always ensure that your dog will be permitted, comfortable and catered for at your destination.

Avoid over-feeding your dog before a journey, especially if he is prone to car-sickness.

Listening to loud music when travelling can be stressful for your dog.

Allow plenty of time for your journey. Driving in a calm, considered manner, avoiding over acceleration, heavy breaking and sharp cornering will help to keep your dog relaxed and comfortable.

Make a note of your vet's telephone number and remember to pack any documents, food, medication, toys, chews blankets and bowls your dog may need while you are away from home.

Carrying a basic dog First Aid Kit  is a sensible precaution, and a  Spare Slip Lead or Extendible Lead can be very useful in the event of an emergency.

Consider the weather in advance of travelling and if necessary time your journey to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Ensure that your dog has enough space in the car and is shaded from direct sunlight, even in air-conditioned vehicles dogs can quickly over-heat when forced to sit in full sunshine. 12v fans which plug in to vehicle cigarette lighters can make journeys more comfortable for dogs, as can rear window sun-screens.

In warmer weather, body cooling pads may also help to keep your dog more comfortable on a long journey.

Take plenty of water with you and provide regular shady rest stops. 

Don't allow your dog to travel with his head outside the vehicle, this can result in injury.

NEVER leave your dog unattended in the car, even if the windows are open and water is available.

Once you reach your destination ensure that your dog is not allowed to overheat, either in exposed sunshine or through over-exertion. Heat stoke in dogs can be fatal.

Keep your dog on a lead and under control in public places.

Clean-up after your dog and dispose of waste responsibly.

Ensure that your dog is wearing an identification tag at all times, ideally he should also be micro-chipped.

Do not allow your dog to be a nuisance to others.

Dog Days Out - Where do you love to take your dog ?

The Outbound Hound 'Dogs Welcome' guides aim to help you locate dog-friendly establishments, dogs-welcome events and dogs-love-it walks, to make getting out and about with your four legged friends effortless fun.

Please forward your recommendations, suggested walk routes and favourite dog-friendly-places to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and help to grow the 'Outbound Hound Friendly Dog Community'.