Posted Aug 5, 2019 in Dog Tips
Being the well-behaved pup that they are, especially if they’ve gone through Sit Means Sit obedience training, Pono may often be invited to family gatherings, taken out to dog-friendly events, or brought along on “staycation.” When transporting your canine companion anywhere always ensure they are safe and comfortable the whole way there.
The safest form of travel is, crating your furry little puppy and is the best first choice. If you are flying to the Mainland out of Oahu or Maui, you’ll want to ensure your pup has all their required vaccinations to return home. When in doubt, double-check with your local veterinarian. This also should be applied to any dog-friendly events, hotels, or resorts – most, if not all, will want to see some kind of verification that your dog is up to date on their shots.
Traveling with your dog can be a lot of fun. Some of the key points are for example when you start them as a puppy make sure to go on short trips with an empty stomach. Initially they tend to get carsick especially on many of our winding roads. Starting in a crate helps to contain any messes that may occur during the learning curves. Make sure to pack wipes and bags to clean up as needed. If a kennel is absolutely not a possibility, then the next best thing is doggy seatbelt or car harness. Many of us prefer our dogs to ride in the bed of our truck. The most important safety measure here is a cross tie set up ensuring that the dog is unable to put its paws on the bedside wall and is secured in the center of the bed. While its fun to see dogs putting their heads into the wind with ears flapping and jowls fluttering, but far too many dogs have been thrown out due to some donkey driver cutting in front of us forcing us to slam on the brakes and or cranking the wheel and then its “bye bye Pono” literally. These events are far too common causing death or major injuries. The hunters always do it right by having the rack over the top making sure they come home from the hunt with the same amount dogs they went out with. Side note, for the non working dogs, remember to bring a couple “favorites” for the adventure. (favorite toy, blanket, bone or treat)
For any long journeys to the North or South shores, in the beginning phase make sure to make periodic stops and allow your puppy or dog to relieve themselves. It may sound silly, but getting them out into new places is both stimulating and challenging for them. Many have a quick metabolism so you may be making more stops than you’d like to, which lends itself to less accidents and fewer clean ups. During your stops to check the surf or grab a coffee, it’s important to remember to take your pup or dog out each time. Naturally we all know the laws about dogs in cars as well as the fatal consequences of leaving a dog in the car, even with the windows cracked open.
The main points are to ensure your dog or puppy is safe, comfortably contained or restrained and that you have the supplies to clean up to ensure traveling success for the life of your pet. Start with short trips 2-5 minutes and then take a break get them outside and then back in the car. Do these training laps well before leaving town on a Friday afternoon headed to the North shore as start stop traffic aggravates us but it can be very challenging for the young rookie four legged traveler – when you keep these points in mind your pup and or dog will learn to love car rides and maybe even make a trip to the mainland someday.
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