Taking your puppy on holiday

Many more people are now dog owners as the desire to have a pet has increased through the last year but what considerations are there to plan for if I want to take a puppy on holiday?

If your puppy is less than twelve weeks old then it should have had the vaccinations that are recommended for puppies so that they can go outside and mix with other dogs. Older puppies and dogs should also be vaccinated to ensure they are protected against the most common diseases that affect them. Once they have these vaccinations you can confidently take them away with you and walk them out and about.

Some hotels and guest houses allow dogs in guest’s rooms as long as the animal is not left unattended, but many people choose to stay in self-catering accommodation or camp if they are taking their puppy with them as they may feel more relaxed.

It is important to try to keep the puppy’s routine as close to the one they are used to at home for example eating the same food as this will prevent the puppy becoming stressed in a new environment.

Remember that it is law now that a dog is restrained in the car whilst travelling so a puppy crate that will fit in the boot of the car is a good buy and if used frequently the puppy will get used to being in there.