If you’re new to dog ownership, you might be uncomfortable travelling with your Labrador Retrievers. But it doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, taking your Labrador on vacation with you can add extra fun to the trip. Let’s look at some helpful tips for making your Lab comfortable and safe on a vacation.
If you’re worried about finding a hotel, you can relax. Plenty of hotels are pet friendly. Even high quality ones. Check the hotel’s website. They will list whether they’re pet friendly or not.
Getting a Lab puppy used to the car
If you’ve never taken your Labrador on vacation before, make sure they’re used to riding in the car. Most dogs, especially Labrador Retrievers, enjoy car rides. Some Lab puppies can be a bit unsettled in the beginning but they’ll warm up to it. We recommend taking them for short car rides before a long trip.
Crate your Lab
When travelling with a dog it’s important to be safe. The easiest way to do that is to use a crate. Travelling with a Lab puppy is easy because their crate is small enough to fit anywhere in the car. However, adult Labrador Retrievers are large dogs. In order for you to travel safely with an adult Lab you’re going to need a large crate and a large enough car.
Dealing With car sickness
A car sick dog can ruin your entire vacation. And while Labradors rarely get car sick, it’s still possible. The best way to prevent it is to take them on lots of car rides while they’re still a puppy. If your dog experiences sickness on a regular basis, talk to your vet.
Labs also need a break
Road trips can be very tiring for your Labrador. So it’s important that you take advantage of the rest-stops along the way. Give your dog a chance to stretch their legs, take them for a short walk, play ball or whatever it takes to make them comfortable. Never leave your dog unattended in the car! He or she can suffocate.
“My Lab’s not spoiled, I’m just well trained!” ~ Unknown