It’s time to hit the road for that long-awaited holiday, but did you know that your pet is as likely to enjoy a break as you? Holidays are that treat we all look forward to and with a little planning your dog can enjoy their holiday as much as the rest of the family.
Most dogs respond well to travel and with more holiday parks now offering dog-friendly accommodation, there has never been a better time to take your pampered pooch on holiday.
BIG4 Holiday Parks know your pet is part of the family, so they have provided these handy tips to help you prepare for a smooth dog-friendly getaway.
Is your dog welcome? Before you set off, check that your destination has dog-friendly accommodation. Be sure to check that your dog’s vaccinations are all up to date and you have copies of your certificates just in case you need them.
All (paws) aboard: A test drive before you head off on your trip will reduce your pet’s anxiety and get them better prepared for the big trip. It’s as easy as taking them for a few short test drives a couple of days before you hit the road.
On the road: Pack a pet-friendly road trip kit including food, water, a water bowl, dog treats and a favourite toy. It’s a good idea to take your dog for a good walk or run before leaving to burn off some energy so they can rest on the journey and be sure to make regular stops so they can stretch their legs and use the toilet along the way.
Settling in: Once you arrive at your accommodation, let your pooch sniff around on a leash to get familiar with the setting. Make sure you clean up after any toilet stops and keep your dog on a leash unless you’re in a designated off leash area like the one at BIG4 Casino Resort in New South Wales.
Doggy first aid: It’s important to make sure your dog is micro chipped, wearing a collar and identification tag with a mobile phone contact number on it, particularly if you plan on taking your pup adventuring on hikes. A first aid kit is also worth packing. A human first aid kit will do the trick with a couple of added items such as pliers to remove splinters from paws or mouths.
To view the full list of dog-friendly parks visit www.big4.com.au/dogswelcome and make sure you contact the park management before you leave to let them know you’ll be bringing a special furry guest.