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How to Travel with your Dog the Pleasant Way
German Shepherd Traveling
A trip with your German Shepherd could end up being one of the most memorable, fun-filled and exciting trips of all time!
Whether you just need to drop a parcel at the post office, or you are going on a holiday trip abroad with your family, if you know more about Traveling with your dog you are likely to enjoy each moment much more. And your dog too. Plus, you and your dog will be safer as well.
You know that your GSD is, or at least should be, so much an integral part of the family that leaving your dog behind is not an option. In general, this would also be UNWISE since you can have much more fun if your dog is with you and a German Shepherd on board is likely to avert more problems than it may create.
This MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL can assist you right from planning, preparing and packing, to dog-on-board tips and choosing the best pet-friendly accommodation while traveling.
First things first:
Be aware that while most GSDs enjoy traveling, some GSDs may get sick when they travel. Therefore, first test your dog's sensitivity to traveling by taking him or her on a short and easy trip. Only increase travel distance and travel complexity if your GSD responds well to traveling.
Travel distance and travel complexity can cover anything from say the 3-mile car trip to the local butcher (not complex, and a feast for your dog) to the round-the-world trip that includes sub-trips by car, plane, helicopter, yacht, and rikscha (very complex and stressful for your dog).
The three most important points to remember when traveling with your German Shepherd are to ensure hydration, regular exercise, and regular potty times! The fourth and fifth most important points are to ensure consistent meal times and consistent diet.
|Keep your dog well-hydrated! (eg if in the car, keep a non-spill water bowl next to your dog, and keep it filled)|
|Regular exercise (after every 2 hours MAX)|
|Regular potty times (works perfectly well together with the exercise times)|
|Consistent meal times (like at home)|
|Consistent diet (any change must be introduced gradually)|
Especially in the car, but also in every other means of transport, your GSD needs to drink MORE than when at home. Don't deny your dog water, instead encourage your dog to drink a lot (see below, flushing the bladder).
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And note that Dehydration is a life-threatening state for your dog. Also, like with people, when your dog gets dehydrated (s)he will lack not only existential fluids but will also lack existential electrolytes. By the time an ordinary dog owner realizes that the dog is dehydrated, the dog often is so much dehydrated that an emergency trip to the vet may be the only chance to keep the dog alive!
If you do notice your dog's dehydration early, Rehydrate may save the trip to the vet. Since dogs dehydrate in the car much quicker than in the house, taking a few of these tablets with you on road trips can be a smart choice.
You must NOT force your dog eg to sit in the back of the car as long as you can sit in the car seat. Even IF your dog does not start to whine, a GERMAN SHEPHERD is not a CHIHUAHUA.
Remember that the GSD has been specifically bred to run around all day long to keep a sheep herd together(!), while say the Chihuahua has been bred rather to sit on your lap all day long. So, while the Chihuahua may be your ideal partner on long continuous car journeys, the GSD certainly is not.
This doesn't mean that you can't take your GSD on long car journeys, but it means that if you do so you MUST let your German Shepherd RUN AROUND after two hours MAX. After EVERY two hours.
Regular Potty Times
Regular potty times are crucial because a dog's bladder is far more susceptible to infections than the human bladder. Now some of you may think "Where should the infection come from when I keep the car windows closed?!"
Well, the latent infection is already in the urinary tract of every dog, and if the bladder is not frequently flushed (drink a lot and pee a lot) then these bacteria build up quickly and infect the bladder. And you don't want THAT to happen to your GSD (can be VERY painful)!
A dog in the wild will pee every 20 to 30 minutes MAX, a domesticated adult dog must be allowed to pee after 3 hours MAX during the day, and after 6 hours MAX at night (a puppy after 60 minutes during the day, and after 3 hours at night). A GERMAN SHEPHERD rather more frequently than less.
Consistent Meal Times and Consistent Diet
Consistent meal times and consistent diet are certainly less important than Hydration, Regular Exercise, and Regular Potty Times.
However, if you divert much from your dog's typical meal times or typical diet then this may upset your dog's digestive system (GSDs have a very sensitive GI tract!). This may result in anything from Digestive Disorder, Farting, Vomiting or Diarrhea, to Bloat, Allergies, or Bladder Infection etc.
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As we have now discussed the most crucial points to remember when traveling with your German Shepherd, next we can address further points of preparation before traveling with your dog.
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