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While the holidays are supposed to be full of peace, love, and fun, they can also be stressful, especially when traveling is involved at the busiest times of the year. It can be great to bring your dog along with you while traveling, but doing so also increases the things you must do and keep in mind to ensure a safe, happy trip. From packing a dog emergency kit to bringing along a DIY dog fence, there are many things you can consider ahead of time to help things go as smoothly as possible. Here are the top travel tips to keep in mind this holiday season with your dog.


Keep Your Dog Safe in the Car

If you’re taking a road trip, you want to make sure your dog is as safe in the car as everyone else in your family. It’s a great idea to invest in a dog seat belt, which will keep your dog restrained in the car. If you don’t, at least place your dog in their crate during the ride. Not only is this safer for your dog, it prevents your dog from getting into the front seat and causing an accident by distracting the driver. Never allow your dog to stick their head out of the window of a moving car.

Contain Your Dog Wherever You Are

One of the worst nightmares you could experience would be to lose your dog while on a holiday trip. To avoid this, make sure your dog is contained at all times. While outside, if they are not in a fenced-in yard, they need to be on a leash. Of course, never leave your dog tied up unattended. If your dog is trained on an invisible dog fence, you can bring a portable version with you. It’s an excellent tool for containing your dog at rest areas, campgrounds, or in the yards of loved ones who don’t have a fence. However, it’s a good idea to supervise even the most well-trained dogs when in unfamiliar territory, even when using a wireless dog fence.

Pack Dog Emergency Essentials

If you have the extra money, it’s convenient to purchase a dog first aid kit to keep in the trunk of your car or bring with you on trips. If not, create your own. You essentially need to pack the same things as a regular first aid kit, but with some extra paw-sized bandages. Your car emergency kit should also include extra dog food, extra water, extra bowls, an extra collar and leash set, and an extra blanket for the furry member of your family. Also bring along a copy of your dog’s vaccination record and any necessary medical information, including medications.

Ensure Your Destination is Dog-Proof

Wherever you are staying with your dog, do some thorough dog-proofing before you relax and let your dog roam, especially if your loved ones don’t have a dog of their own. Make sure things like medications, cleaning supplies, candy bowls, and lit candles are out-of-reach. There are several types of common holiday plants that are toxic to dogs, too. Mistletoe, pointsettia, and holly should be moved to an area your dog cannot access, so you don’t even run the risk of your dog ingesting fallen leaves. Pine needles are also toxic, and the water from the tree stand can be, too. If there is a Christmas tree that your dog won’t stay away from, keep them in a separate room or position your electronic dog fence around the tree as a safety barrier.

Ask Others to Follow Safety Guidelines

Make sure whoever you are staying with is aware of certain safety concerns for your dog. For example, ask your loved ones not to feed your dog any table scraps unless you approve, and caution them not to leave their plates or drinks unattended. Alcohol, chocolate, and xylitol can be fatal to dogs, and other foods such as onions, raisins, grapes, nuts, bones, fatty foods, coffee, and tea can cause dogs to get seriously ill. If you are using an e-collar or electric dog fence, make sure others are aware. Also remind children that dogs don’t like hugs or kisses.

While traveling, remember to watch your dog closely for signs of stress. Signs of stress in dogs include pacing, panting, growling, freezing, staring, cowering, and hiding. Any behavior that’s unusual for your dog could be a sign they are overwhelmed, so try to give them a quiet, dark place that they can rest alone with plenty of water to drink. If your dog gets sick or injured, be sure to call your vet’s office or emergency number as soon as possible.

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  1. Hesper Fry says

    I really like taking walks with my dog.

  2. I like to go hiking.

  3. Terry Cross says

    I don’t have a dog. I do have a cat and she likes to play fetch with a balled up piece of paper

  4. melissa Resnick says

    play ball

  5. Our dog seems more in his element when we go camping. Love doing that with him!

  6. I like to nap with my dog.

  7. Susan Smith says

    We like to go outside and play ball.

  8. Tonya flores says

    We go to the dog park and play ball. 🙂

  9. We like to go running.

  10. Carolyn Daley says

    Go for walks and play out in the yard.

  11. I am 98% sure that we are getting my son a puppy for Valentine’s Day. We’ll be good puppy parents, and he’s at the right age now to have one. 🙂

  12. I cuddle with my dogs!!

  13. Keeley Sullivan says

    We like to play of course. She is always ready for a game of fetch!

  14. RAJEE PANDI says

    love to pet and play

  15. shirley hicks says

    our dogs love to play frisbee

  16. Amy Deeter says

    i love playing toys with him and taking him for long walks

  17. I like taking him for walks in the park.

  18. I like to take my dog for a walk as it gets use both in the exercise mode. In the summer, I love to take Kyla to the river to go swimming.

  19. on walks at the local park

  20. Michelle H. says

    I like taking my dogs camping/fishing.

  21. I like to take her to the dog park to meet other dogs.

  22. brittany marie thompson says

    I like going on hikes with my dog.

  23. I like to go hiking and camping with my dogs.

  24. Miz Vickik says

    Go for walks!

  25. Kathy Luman says

    I like playing with my dog and I like when he lays on my lap when ever I am sitting down.

  26. I like to take my dog for walks

  27. Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames) says

    On cold Winter nights, she’s warm to cuddle.

  28. susan smoaks says

    i love to take my dog on walks. she loves to get outside and so do i.

  29. Cori Westphal says

    I don’t actually have a dog, but I have kitties and I love cuddling with them at night!

    coriwestphal at gmail dot com

  30. Karen Drake says

    I like napping on the sofa with my little Yorkie.

  31. I don’t have a dog right now, but we always enjoyed playing games outside.

  32. Stephanie Larison says

    I like taking them both for walks in the park.

  33. Christina Sparks says

    I like throwing ropes for my dogs.

  34. With the small one, it is comfortable to have her curled up in the chair with me.

  35. play games

  36. Danielle Wood says

    We like to hike to the river and go swimming

  37. Stephanie Liske says

    We love to take walks, and cuddle, and play fetch.

  38. We like playing in the yard and going to the dog park.

  39. Kim Keithline says

    I love to take walks with my dogs

  40. Rebecca orr says

    I like to play in the yard with my moms dog.

  41. Anastasia Noelle says

    my dogs are everything to me,
    they are my kids 🙂
    i take them everywhere.

  42. Heather McKenzie Carter says

    My dog is getting older but he likes to ride in my bike trailer when I ride my bike, besides one of my kids lol

  43. I have cats not any dogs. I like to go on the porch with my cats and read while they watch the birds.

  44. Jennifer R45 says

    I like to go for hikes with my dog, Cody.

  45. Susan Christy says

    My dogs love to take walks and go on car rides to the park.

  46. We like going hiking!

  47. Bridgett Wilbur says

    I love to take my dog hiking.

  48. Sandy Weinstein says

    i love to take my 3 girls on walks and runs, play hide and seek in the house, love and kiss on them constantly

  49. Monique Rizzo says

    I take walks with my dog. Thank you for the chance.

  50. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    we like to go for long walks together.
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  51. Oh we love to take walks! So relaxing!

  52. Kitty Iecvan says

    I like going jogging in the morning with my dog.

  53. I like to take my dog walking by the lake.

  54. Go for walks in the park

  55. I like to go for walks around the neighborhood.

  56. I like to do everything with my dogs. I stay at home and we spend our days together.

  57. We like to take walks and also play catch in the park.

  58. Courtnie Miller says

    I like to take my dogs to the park.

  59. I don’t have a dog but I love to visit my MIL’s dogs and have them sit in my lap and let me stroke them.

  60. We like cuddles together – I love it when they sit in my lap and we just have quality time.

  61. Charlene S. says

    He likes to play with his fuzzy tennis ball. It is his favorite toy.

  62. I like to go for walks

  63. We like to go on nature walks.

  64. I like to take my dog on walks along the nature trail. I also like to play fetch with her in the house. Thanks.

  65. sandra davis says

    I like to go to the park and play catch

  66. Sadly, our dog Bella passed away last week. She used to love to go for walks & always got excited when she saw us pick up her leash.

  67. I like to take him to the local park.

  68. I love to dress her up.

  69. Jillian Too says

    I love going on a hike.

  70. We go for walks

  71. I like to take her for walks.

  72. Steven Weber says

    we love to snuggle!

  73. katherine klein says

    I love to take him for walks and snuggle!

  74. Kimberly Hilbert says

    I like taking long walks with her and I also love it when she just sits by me in the evening.

  75. I love taking my dog to the beach.

  76. I love to go running with my dog!

  77. Birdie Skolfield says

    I love to swim in the ocean with our dogs

  78. Jan Roberts says

    We like to walk the neighborhood and visit with people!

  79. Taking long walks.

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  80. We like to go to the dog park.

  81. Roy Johnson says

    Going for runs.

  82. We like to take daily walks and play in the yard.

  83. Simon Slavik says

    I like to go for a walk with him 😉

  84. Julie Lundstrom says

    I like to take my dogs for a walk and play with them with their toys.

  85. we love to walk to the park

  86. We like playing catch or just laying around

  87. My dog really likes to join me on my walks.

  88. Angela Tremolada says

    I love camping with my dog Chica. She loves being out in nature as much as I do.

  89. Mary Calabrese says

    We like to toss the tennis ball.

  90. Andrea Williams says

    I like to snuggle with our dog, but she loves to play so we do both!

  91. Playing fetch is fun.

  92. Barbara Montag says

    We love to take our dogs to the dog park.
    thank you

  93. I like playing ball with my dog!

  94. I like to take my dog for walks….or snuggle on the couch with her!
    Thank you!

  95. to take my dog to the park

  96. I like to throw the ball for her.

  97. I like taking them out for walks!

  98. Brittney House says

    I would like to take her to play in the snow. She loves the snow.

  99. Debbi Wellenstein says

    We like to go for walks.

  100. I like taking walks with my dog, especially exploring new neighborhoods!

  101. beth shepherd says

    I love to take hikes with my dog. Thank you

  102. I love snuggling with them on the couch

  103. Paol Trenny says

    I like to take our dog to go jogging with me.

  104. I like to rough house with my dog

  105. We like to take him to dog friendly beaches!

  106. We love taking our dog camping with us.

  107. I don’t have a dog, but I like it when my cat jumps up and goes to sleep on my lap.

  108. Tricia Galbraith says

    I like to take my dog to the park.

  109. I like to hold and pet my dog 🙂

  110. Debra Guillen says

    I like to take walks with my dog.

  111. We like to take walks to the park

  112. I like to take my dog to the dog park. Thanks for the giveaway, I hope that I win.

  113. Mary Casper says

    We like long walks and thriwung the tennis ball

  114. amanda sakovitz says

    we go for walks

  115. Paula Kiger says

    I don’t have a dog, but if I did, it would be running together!

  116. I love to play tug with my dog.

  117. I like playing in the snow with her.

  118. I like to take our dog on walks.

  119. I like to take walks with my dog. She’s great on a leash and I love that we both get exercise together.

  120. I love to take walks with my dog. She’s great on a leash and I love that we both get exercise together.

  121. Thomas Murphy says

    I like taking my dog to the dog park.

  122. I have three dogs! I love spending time at home with them !

  123. Lisa Weidknecht says

    He’s almost 16 years old, so we’re lucky to be able to play ball once or twice a day, but he no longer goes for walks since he can barely walk.

  124. Margaret Smith says

    I like playing catch with him.

  125. I like to play catch with her.

  126. Go for walks.

  127. Dawn Monroe says

    Our absolute favorite thing is to go to the pond. He is the only dog I’ve ever had that jumps in.

  128. Sandy Klocinski says

    I don’t have any dogs anymore but when I did we used to like to go to the dog park

  129. ron schnell says

    The companionship rocks!

  130. Dana Rodriguez says

    Playtime is the best!

  131. Adrienne Gordon says

    I like taking walks with her.

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