This is a guest post by John Jackson
Going on a trip or vacation is no reason to leave one of the most treasured members of the family behind. Of course, the owner of a Bichon Frise would never leave theirs alone. Friends and kennels are out of the question for their prized dogs, as well. Planning ahead and using common sense can make traveling in the car with your Bichon Frise a pleasurable event. Your Bichon Frise should be in good health, used to traveling, be well behaved, and be trained to stop barking on command. Incessant barking and continuous illness in the car can put a severe damper on the drive if it is very long.
There are some necessary supplies that you will need in order to travel with your Bichon Frise. Your pet needs either a pet seat belt or a crate/carrier to guarantee his safety in the car. Even if he doesn’t normally wear a collar, he should while traveling. That collar should include tags that provide proof of ID, license, and rabies. You should carry an extra leash and collar. Your Bichon Frise should be comfortable during his trip as well. Your dogs favorite blanket, toys and treats should be included on the list, along with essentials such as water, food, a can opener, bowls and plastic bags for cleanup. Carry a list with his license, microchip, vaccinations, and rabies tag numbers, as well as a picture of your Bichon Frise in case of emergency or loss. A first aid kit, including his prescription medications, dog shampoo, brush, and toothpaste and toothbrush to help maintain grooming while away from home should be packed as well. An easy and convenient way to carry all of your doggie supplies is a laundry or picnic basket.
The safest way for your pet to travel in the car is in a pet crate or carrier placed on the back seat. If you choose to use a pet seat belt, you should keep the windows rolled up, as it is dangerous for your dog to stick his head out of the window. Teach your dog to enter the car before you and exit the car after you, always wearing his leash. Frequent breaks for your Bichon Frise to drink some water, get a small amount of exercise and relieve himself are important. However, never, ever leave your dog in a locked car, unattended, for any reason.
More and more places are welcoming pets into their places of businesses, a far cry from year ago. Quiet, well-behaved doggy guests are often welcomed to hotel and motel chains, resorts, campgrounds, and B&B’s located throughout America and Canada. It is important to inquire beforehand about rules regarding pets, however, as some places only allow small dogs, such as the Bichon Frise, or dogs up to a certain weight. Large dogs may be required to remain in a kennel or carrier. Some establishments charge a small fee, which may be refundable if no damage is done, and some establishments may not charge a fee at all. Always make arrangements ahead of time to be sure your destination will accept your Bichon Frise and confirm that any rules are not going to be a problem. Keeping your Bichon Frise quiet, walking him only in designated areas, and cleaning up after your dog both inside and outside the room establishes you as a trustworthy pet owner. By being an irresponsible pet owner, you make it difficult for those owners that do respect other people’s privacy and property. To have a wonderful trip with your Bichon Frise, it is simply necessary for you to spend a little time beforehand getting organized and covering all of your bases.
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