8 Travel Tips: Be Travel-Ready!
1- Destination country's requirements
Each country has different standards and requirements regarding pets and animals entering their country. Look up the country along with words such as "customs", "border control" and "traveling with pets" on Google to see what the requirements are for that specific country.
For travels to the United States, you need an up-to-date rabies vaccination with a veterinarian's certificate (with his/her licence number) stating when the vaccine was administered, when the next one is due, with your dog's name, breed and date of birth on it. Be sure to look up this information prior to your own travels to make sure the requirements haven't changed.
Certain countries (like in Europe) require your dog to be microchipped, while other countries just don't let you enter with dogs!
2- Airline/train requirements
Look up your airline or train's requirements regarding pets. Most airlines have similar requirements when it comes to carriers. For our recommendations, watch this video. This is important because some airlines don't accept dogs! Also, I highly discourage putting your dogs in a crate in the luggage area of the plane unless you absolutely have to bring your dog (ex: when moving). Accidents happen when dogs travel in the luggage compartment and if you can prevent it, please do so!
Herky & Milton travel as emotional support animals (ESA) and therefore don't need a carrier. For more information on ESA, I'll probably make a separate post/video coming up.
3- Pet-friendly accommodations
Look up some dog-friendly hotels or accommodations and inquire about their policies. Inform them that you're traveling with dogs. Some hotels don't allow your dog to stay in the room if you're not there. Some hotels also offer dog sitting services and dog walking services. You want to be prepared and ready for whatever they offer!
4- Local pet sitters
If your hotel doesn't allow your dogs to stay in the room without you being there, it's good to know some pet sitters or dog day cares in the area.
Look up car rentals and inquire about their policies regarding pets. Some companies only allow dogs up to a certain weight, others only allow dogs in crates etc. You don't want any unpleasant surprises when you arrive to that country!
If you're not renting a car, look up public transportation and taxi companies and their policies regarding pets.
6- Dog activities
When traveling, you also want to make sure your dog has fun and is not only in a hotel room the entire time. Look up dog activities and outings in the area you're traveling to. You can also look up some dog meet ups (we love these), dog beaches, trails and parks!
Make sure your dog's tags are up to date with your information. You want to be reachable in case your dog gets lost, especially if you're in a foreign country. It's also very useful to have the rabies tag on your dog when traveling.
This is optional, but we give the girls some Trazodone before each flight to help them calm down a bit and reduce anxiety. As you know, airports can get very hectic so we want them to be as calm as possible. Once they get on the flight, they fall asleep right away :) Again, this is optional and use your best judgement to determine whether you think your dog would need this or not.
For the video, please watch below :)
Thanks for reading and happy travels!
Cavalier King Charles Meet-up in Toronto
We love meeting some cavalier friends! We went to Toronto about 10 days ago, and got to attend a cavalier king charles meet-up held at Barks N Rec in Mississauga! It's an indoor playground that also offers boarding and day care services!
We're very proud to say that there was all 4 colors of cavaliers at this meet-up :D
- Pep (black and tan)
- Bella (ruby)
- Tantissimo (blenheim)
- Remington (tricolor)
- Wallace (blenheim)
- June (black and tan)
- Alizée (blenheim)
- Oscar (tricolor)
- Lupita (blenheim)
- Murphy (tricolor)
Here's our best memories from the meet-up, watch the video below :)
Herky & Milton
10 TRAVEL TIPS: DOGS IN HOTELS!
As you may know, we get to travel a lot with the girls. It happens very often that they feel overwhelmed when arriving in a new environment that more often than not, probably smells like unknown dogs!
Here are some of our tips and tricks to make the girls feel at home and less stressed out :)
1- Bring items that smell like home
This is going to help them feel like the new environment is not 100% foreign. We like to bring their blankets and clothes when we travel :)
2- Let your dog sniff out the premises
Take them around the hotel premises, inside and outside. They'll get familiar with the premises and get a better feel of where they are :)
3- Play with your dog in the room
Make sure you don't disturb the neighbors, and watch out for barking. BUT it's super important to make the hotel room familiar to your dog. A little play session is perfect to get them to loosen up :)
4- Let your dog sleep with you
I know that it's not everyone that is ok with this - but sleeping with you in bed will really make your dog feel secure. We only let the girls sleep on the bed when we travel. And honestly, they know it's only on vacation they get to do this :)
Make sure your dog does #1 and #2 before they get in the room. New environments tend to make dogs nervous so they might pee or poo out of anxiety! It happened to us on a previous trip where Herky peed on the bed right when we got there, after nesting. Dogs tend to want to leave their own scent (pee or poo) when they smell other dogs around. I assume it smelled like another dog, so Herky felt nervous and wanted to cover up that smell. If your dog did his or her potty before entering the room, there's less chances of getting accidents!
6- Leave your dog in the bathroom
Smaller environments make dogs less anxious. Remember that dogs are den-dwelling animals and prefer smaller spaces - it makes them feel more secure. Make sure they have water and blankets :)
7- Be reachable
This is especially important if you're in a different country, but make sure your phone's data is on and you're reachable! If your dog stays at the hotel, you want to make sure that the hotel management is able to reach if anything happens :)
8- Look up local day cares and pet sitters
Not all hotels allow dogs to stay alone in the room, so it's better to be prepared and have a few dog day cares noted down for when you step out for the day :)
9- Exercise your dog!
Get that energy out, it's super important and reduces anxiety! If your dog spends all day alone, there's pent up energy that needs to get released :) Plus, when they're tired, the calmer they'll be!
10- Have fun with your dog!
Give your dog some extra love and attention :) You and him/her will be happy about that!
If you'd like to watch the video version of this blog, click on the video below :)
Herky & Milton
*The video was filmed at the Novotel in Vaughan.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar - Overview
Here's a little overview video of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. We stayed there a few weeks ago, and needless to say it was amazing. It was voted as TripAdvisor's #1 Luxury Hotel in the United States!
An in-depth review is coming up - stay tuned!
Herky & Milton