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Trip Tips

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Make this the best trip ever!

Dogs make great traveling companions. They love the wind in their faces, new smells to sniff and places to roam. Whether you choose a weekend getaway or a longer vacation across the country, here are a few tips to make your journey one that you both enjoy!

HAVE IDENTIFICATION – Make sure your furry buddy has a collar with up-to-date tags. But, to ensure your dog is able to be identified, even if his collar is lost, we recommend having your dog microchipped.

LEASH UP – Dogs love to wander and explore but new places can be dangerous for pets. Traffic, new people, and new terrain can pose hazards for your pup. Keep your dog leashed at all times so he can’t wander off or get hurt. 

TAKE BREAKS – Just as you need to stretch and take breaks, so does your pup. Walks and bathroom breaks are important to help keep your dog calm and comfortable. 

EAT & DRINK – Don’t be tempted to treat your pup to restaurant food on the road. Bring along his favorite food, treats and plenty of water. An upset belly isn’t a fun way to spend a road trip. Pack PEDIGREE® Pouch in your bag and feed your travel buddy a great, on-the-go meal.  

TRAVEL SMART – Don’t ever leave your pup in the car alone. Temperatures can reach life-threatening conditions at any time of the year. Be smart and plan ahead so you never have to leave your dog alone.

PLAN AHEAD – Make sure to book pet-friendly accommodations for your trip. Not all hotels are pet friendly so be sure to check the hotel’s policy before you go.

KEEP CALM – Dogs can get over-anxious or excited when traveling. Consider a safety harness or a crate to keep your pup safe and calm while on the road. Medications are also available to help keep your dog relaxed while traveling.

DRIVE SAFE – Keep your pup in the back seat of your vehicle and safely buckled in. Just like children, dogs need to be kept safe on the road too. Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere and air bags can be deadly to a dog in the front seat. Talk to your vet and check out your local pet store for the best safety restraints for your pup.

EASE MOTION SICKNESS – Some dogs can get motion sick while traveling. Consider feeding your dog a few hours before traveling and once you reach your destination. If you need to feed your dog on the road, give him plenty of time to eat and relax before you continue on. You can also speak to your vet about medications to help your dog with his symptoms.

HOME AWAY – Pack your pup’s favorite toys, blanket and bedding for the trip. These comforts of home can help your dog feel safe and entertained during long journeys.

  • The Serious Benefits of Play

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    Playing and having fun helps to eliminate stress from your life—and the same holds true for your dog. In fact, incorporating various forms of play into your dog's daily routine is vital to helping him develop a healthy, loving personality.

    The benefits of play

    Here are some of the ways that playing and having fun is important:

    • Physical health. Active play helps keep your dog's heart healthy, keeps the joints lubricated, and improves his overall balance and coordination.
    • Mental health. Games with rules force your dog to use his brain, not just his body. This can help keep his mind sharp and focused.
    • Social skills. When your dog plays with other dogs and other people, it helps improve his overall social skills. He learns basic rules and how to play by them.
    • Bonding. Even if it's only for a few minutes a day, playing with your dog helps strengthen the bond between you.
    • Your health. What better way to alleviate the stress of a busy workday and get a bit of exercise than to come home and play with your dog? It's a win-win for both of you.

    How to play with your dog

    There are right ways—and wrong ways—to play. The most important thing to remember is that you're the boss. You decide what games should be played and you set the rules. This helps establish your credibility as the pack leader. It also helps keep your dog from getting overly excited and out of control while you play. If your dog does become difficult to manage, simply put a stop to the game until he calms down again.

    When you're teaching your dog a new game, reward him when he does well. Remember, rewards don't have to be just treats. You can also reward him with his favorite toys or lots of hugs and praise.

    When you start out teaching your dog a new game, keep it simple and go through the game slowly, until your dog fully grasps the rules. Also, wait until he fully understands one game before you teach him a new one, otherwise it will end up confusing him.

    Playtime tips

    • Avoid games like keep away, wrestling, or tug-of-war. Those games encourage biting or dominant, aggressive behavior.
    • Stay in control of the game at all times. Show your dog that you're the pack leader, not just another member of the pack. Retrieval games are good at teaching control.
    • Don't include your body or clothing as part of any game.
    • Incorporate the SIT or DOWN and STAY commands in every game.
    • You decide when it's time to end the game, not your dog. The best time to stop the game is when your dog is still eager to play.
    • If, for some reason, your dog doesn't seem to understand the game at some point, go back to the beginning, or simply leave it and try again a few days later. Don't get angry if you're dog isn't "getting it" right away. Remember it's supposed to be a fun experience for both of you!

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