Dog Park Dispatch: Packing for Adventure
Do you ever see those beautiful photos of dogs in the wilderness? The ones with warm sunlight in the backdrop, often with the dog triumphantly positioned at the top of a mountain or at the end of a canoe, sometimes sporting a smile that stretches from ear to ear? The photos that inspire you to get up, book a flight, and be on your way with your pup?
Yeah, me too.
But the thing about those photos is, they never tell you how to get there in the first place! As pet parents, we know the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to traveling with your pet. Pre-planning often starts with a checklist and a stream of worst-case scenarios to help you prepare, with extra paper towels being one of the high-ticket items.
In this month’s Dog Park Dispatch, I’m here to let you in on tips for adventuring with your dog. Whether it’s taking a flight or packing up your car, here are some things to keep in mind so you can adventure like a pro, too:
Pack extra paper towels
Paper towels can go a long way when traveling with your pet, as unforeseeable accidents tend to require a swift wiping, like knocking over drinks, muddy paws, or uncontrollable “happy pees.”
Carry emergency treats and food
As much as you plan your adventures down to the detail, sometimes you might get a little carried away and stay longer than you intended. For this reason, go the extra mile and always carry emergency treats and food so even if your plans pivot, your pup will still have his essentials.
Bring a refillable water bottle
More often than not, wherever you go, you will encounter water stations. This is a cost-friendly way to keep your pup hydrated. Always bring a refillable water bottle — the lighter, the better, for easy packing. Choosing the BYOB route also ensures that your pet will be so hydrated, they won’t be tempted to sip from rivers or streams, which can be hazardous to their health.
Occupy your dog with his favorite treat or toy
There may be moments when you will need your pup to be occupied for long periods of time, like dining at a pet-friendly restaurant or ensuring he stays with you on the beach. Bring something that will keep his attention from wandering off. A long-lasting chew toy or puzzle game could do just the trick.
Unpacked poop bags
There are poop bags, and then there are unpacked poop bags. The kind that’s pre-opened, after you’ve separated the seams of the opening. Have these unpacked poop bags readily accessible in the side pocket of your backpack or in your pocket. Since you’ll be off of your routine, your dog may very well surprise you when you least expect it.
Have a tip or two for adventuring with your pet? Share with us in the comments section below.
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