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What better way to bond with your favorite furball than to travel together? Some very experienced owners offered a quick guide on how you can transform any dog into a mighty adventurer. With enough patience and commitment, your four-legged friend can become your regular adventure buddy.
Early exposure is key
Exposure to people, other dogs, different environments, and long, winding car rides. Ease them into every new trail or activity so they won’t get shocked by sudden exhaustion.
Have your dog interact with other animals and people to keep a friendly atmosphere wherever they may trot. This will minimize barking and aggression during your trips, especially in crowded areas.
Complete all vaccines
Shield your pup from the fury of the elements. Heartgard and Frontline are especially helpful for keeping heartworm and pests away.
Many dogs have a double coat of fur, hastening their warmth and fatigue. Bring twice the amount of water you would usually take for yourself.
Potty training is a must
Pooping on trails will only leave accidents for other travelers to tread upon.
Comply with the required paperwork
Inter-island travel with animals may require certain papers, so plan accordingly.
Focus on outdoor skills training
Train your dog to walk off-leash, respond to your calls, and follow your lead. Less worries, more fun.
Mind what your dog eats
They’ll eat anything off the ground, which can be full of diseases and worms lurking around. Train them to obey when you tell them to “leave it,” so they won’t swallow whatever they’ve picked up.
Go to a good mix of places: the mountains for their meandering trails; campsites for wide, open spaces; and beaches for lively waves and stretches of sand.