Friday, December 19, 2008

Going on a Safe and Happy Holiday!

We're going to see Eric's parents on a holiday trip! I've only been to their house once and I was three months old at the time. This time I'm an adult with Big Sandy and Bernie going with us too. Jenn is going to help me be a good guest so they will invite me back again. I guess that means that I shouldn't lift my leg and leave my mark all over their house like I did at Jenn's parents. I have a feeling that people will be watching me the whole time and not letting me get away with anything. Hmph! No fun.

Traveling with your pet takes extra thought and planning as Jenn and Eric have been doing. You need to think about feeding us, taking crates, taking chew toys and mental toys, and planning to keep us well exercised.

DIET It's a good idea to keep your pets on their normal diet while traveling and being a guest to avoid stomach upset. It's also not a good idea to give us too many holiday goodies. I'm sure that last thing anyone wants to deal with is doggie diarhhea at your in-laws. Jenn definitely doesn't want to experience that.

CONTAINMENT/SUPERVISION Be sure to take sturdy crates with you so your dog can travel in safety in your vehicle and so that you will have a way to contain them wherever you are visiting. Crates also serve as a quiet place for your pet to retreat to if they want some alone time and keeps your pet out of harms way when you can't supervise them. That will help me not get into things like the tree and the tinsel and the presents, etc. There are lots of holiday hazards that puppies can get into so be careful and supervise, supervise, supervise.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL EXERCISE Tired dogs make the best house guests. Jenn knows there are nice walking trails nearby where we can go everyday on our holiday and that we will be walking many miles. Try to keep up with your dog's exercise routines while you are traveling so that your dog will be a calmer, less anxious guest. Additional exercise will keep down stress levels. Take mental activity toys with you so you can give your dog something to do when they need it.
And lastly and most importantly, don't forget to have your pet's ID tags on wherever you go. So, lets see if Jenn follows her own advice on our holiday. I'm looking forward to all the excitement of traveling! For more holiday pet safety tips, click here.

6 comments:

Niamh said...

You look like you are a bit big to fit into that suitcase Royal! I hope that you have a great trip.

Your friend,
Niamh

The FOUR Musketeers said...

here to make some new friends !
Hoep you will link us up !
have a great trip ! :D

Ayla said...

Hi Royal,

We stayed at home for the holiday, and Sandi's Mom came to visit us. I've been very good around people and the tree this year, and I got a tug toy as a present! It stays put away except when Sandi brings it out to play with me. Ruby got another fleecy man - I don't understand why because she has so many toys already.

Happy New Year!
Your friend,
Ayla

Lorenza said...

Happy Holidays Royal!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Amber-Mae said...

Hi there Royal! If only the suitcase was bigger... Hehe!

POOPED out,
Solid Gold Dancer

Thor said...

Royal
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
I hope we can be friends! =)

Love
Thor xx