How to Keep Your Dog Happy on Holiday: Pet Travel Advice


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Bringing your furry companion on holiday can be an exciting and rewarding experience for you and your dog. However, travelling with pets can also be stressful and overwhelming if not carefully planned. Dogs may be susceptible to unfamiliar environments, long journeys, and disruptions to their routine. 

Thus, preparing well in advance is essential to ensure your dog’s safety and happiness throughout your trip. In this blog, we’ll outline some key tips for keeping your dog healthy, happy, and entertained on holiday so you can make the most of your trip together!

Get prepared beforehand

Preparing for pet travel requires careful planning and attention to detail. One of the first things you should do is get your dog familiar with the travel carrier or crate you will use to transport them. You can help them get used to it by gradually introducing them to it in the weeks leading up to your trip – leave it open in a place they can easily access, and never force them into the crate. 

You must also consult your veterinarian to ensure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations (and written proof) and has any necessary medications for the trip. Make sure to take the time to understand the rules for your chosen destination, as it varies country by country!

Additionally, make sure your dog has a comfortable travel carrier that is IATA-approved. You can place a t-shirt or blanket that smells like home in the crate, which will help to settle their nerves during the flight.

When you arrive

After a long journey to your holiday destination, it’s important to take some time to help your dog settle into their new environment. It will take longer for them to adjust than you, so be patient with them.

When you arrive, allow them to explore and familiarise themselves with the new surroundings at their own pace. You can do this by taking them for a walk around the area and letting them sniff new scents. If your dog is nervous or anxious, giving them space and time to adjust is an especially important step in international pet travel.

Additionally, ensuring your dog has everything they need in their new environment, such as comfortable bedding, fresh water, and plenty of toys and treats, can help them feel more at home. Giving your dog extra attention and love in the early stages of your trip can also go a long way in keeping them happy and comfortable throughout your holiday. Remember, they don’t know where they are, so they will rely on you to help them feel safe.

Throughout the holiday

Once you are settled in, there are a few things you can do to keep your dog happy whilst on holiday.

Making sure you stick as closely as possible to your dog’s regular routine during international pet travel can help them feel more comfortable in their new environment. This includes feeding them at their normal times and ensuring they get enough exercise and playtime. 

Exploring the local area with your dog and finding dog-friendly activities, such as hiking or swimming, can also be a great way to keep them entertained and stimulated. It’s important to be mindful of your dog’s needs and limitations and adjust your plans accordingly. 

Finally, showering your furry companion with love, attention, and plenty of belly rubs can help ensure they have a happy and enjoyable holiday too.


Travelling with pets doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal, as long as you take the time to prepare beforehand, and once you are on holiday, ensure you follow your dog’s cues and go at their pace. Follow our tips, and you will have a great trip, making memories to last a lifetime!

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