Not all pets are suited to travel. Some dogs get anxious in new places, they hate being in the car for long periods of time, or they don’t like strangers. Goldendoodles, however, are great on vacations. Goldendoodles are sociable, they are easy going, and they get along with everybody. They love exploring new places, and they can handle long road trips. Here are a few things that you might want to know if you’re thinking about bringing your dog on vacation.
Can dogs drink saltwater?
Try to prevent your dog from drinking saltwater if you’re bringing your dog on vacation to the beach. A little sip here or there probably won’t do much harm, but drinking salt water can cause stomach problems or diarrhea. If your dog drinks too much salt water, he can get very sick: in extreme cases drinking too much salt water can be fatal.
Generally speaking, you shouldn’t let your dog drink from random water sources — salty or otherwise. You don’t know what water sources might be contaminated with. Always bring fresh water for your dog.
Can dogs get altitude sickness?
Heading to the mountains for vacation? Dogs can get altitude sickness just like people can get altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and accelerated heart rate. Make sure that you and your are acclimated to higher elevations before strenuous activities such as intense hiking or running.
Taking a dog on a road trip
Driving long distances with a dog in the car can be a challenge. We’ve written about traveling with dogs in a previous post. Read our advice for taking a dog on a road trip.
Exploring new places
One of the most exciting parts about vacationing is exploring new places. Your Goldendoodle will love discovering new places with you! It’s important to keep your dog on a leash, however, even if he normally responds well to recall. Don’t think about whether or not it’s likely for your dog to run off. Think about how terrible it would be if your dog gets lost in an unfamiliar area. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Make sure your pet will be welcome
Maybe the cabin you booked in the mountains is pet-friendly, or the beach bungalow you’re renting welcomes dogs, but what about rest stops in between your home and your destination? Some hotels allow pets, but this isn’t always the case. Make sure you do your homework and plan ahead. You can find pet friendly hotels online, but be sure to call and confirm before booking a stay.
Boarding or baby sitting
Sometimes it isn’t practical or possible to bring your dog on vacation with you. You could have a friend or family member watch your dogs, or arrange to have someone stop by your home to check on your dog while you’re away. Alternatively, you can look for a kennel or a place to board your dog while you’re away.
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