Everything You Need To Know About Travelling with Dogs in New South Wales

Secure your dog when travelling in carsTraveling to your destination with your pooch can be a great way to experience Australia's beautiful scenery and make some amazing memories. Before you head out, it's important to ensure that your pup is comfortable and safe in the car. Here are some car travel tips for dogs that will help make the journey smooth and enjoyable.

Obtain an Identification Microchip for Your Dog.

In accordance with regulations from NSW Agriculture, your pup must have a microchip. This serves as proof of ownership and can help locate a pet if they are ever lost or stolen. Furthermore, if you plan to travel to Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory or Tasmania, your pup’s microchip number is required when crossing the border. Be sure to obtain this before hitting the road with your pup!

Understand the Regulations.

Before you embark on your journey, be sure to research and understand theTravelling with Dogs in Cars NSWregulations related to travelling with a dog in New South Wales. Depending on where you are headed, some states may have more strict regulations than others. Fines may apply for non-compliance, so it’s important to be aware of local laws and what is required of you when taking your pup on the road.
It is the law in NSW to ensure that your dog is secure in your vehicle.

Seatbelts are a must for us, and the same thinking needs to apply to our beloved pets. Unrestrained, your puppy could move around and distract the driver of the car – or worse, become airborne, should an accident occur. We recommend keeping your puppy in a travel-safe crate or boost seat during car trips. As your dog grows older and bigger, you may need to upgrade to a dog car harness that attaches to a seat belt. It's best to keep your dog in the backseat of the car, or in the rear of a station wagon. And if you have a ute, we really discourage you putting your dog on the tray, as not only are they unprotected, but metal ute beds can get incredibly hot and burn your precious pup's paws.

As much as your dog may be curious to feel the wind on their face, think about sticking your own head out of the window of a fast-moving car. If you find yourself worried about the possibility of dust, dirt, and debris hitting your eyes, it's worth considering that your pup faces the exact same dangers. They could end up with a serious eye or ear injury resulting from even a short drive to the shops. While you should crack a window open to allow for fresh air and ventilation, you should restrict your dog's access to it so they cannot jump out.

Get your pet used to the car

If your dog gets anxious when it comes to car trips, don't worry! You can help reduce their stress by doing some simple things that help create a positive association with car travel. Allow them to explore and sniff the vehicle before you start, bring toys from home, provide a comfortable sleeping space, take plenty of breaks for paw breaks and bathroom stops. Your four-legged best friend will soon look forward to their next car adventure!

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodation.

Finding accommodation on the road with a pup can be tricky. Make sure you book pet-friendly places in advance to accommodate the extra guest, and double-check whether there are any restrictions associated with your booking. Be prepared for some to require that your pup is strictly not allowed inside or may charge an additional fee but worth it if it means travelling together!

Bring a Supply Kit for Your Fur Baby.

Make sure you have all the necessities for your pup’s road trip! Keep a pet first-aid kit with essentials like canine ear cleaner, tweezers, adhesive bandage andTravel Dog Food Pack- Man's Best 5kg Travel Pack -Delivery Hound Sydney non-adhesive vet wrap. Additionally, pack plenty of food and treats, a water bowl and rubber toys to entertain and keep your pup occupied during breaks in the car. Our 5 kg Man's Best Premium Dog Food reusable pantry packs are a convenient way of taking your dogs food and will ensure that there are no tummy upsets while travelling!
Don't forget to bring along a comfort toy and an old t-shirt that can be used as an emergency bed and to familiarise your pup with any unfamiliar places you plan to stay along the way.

Take Breaks During Long Drives for a Walk and Toilet Break for Fido.

Break up Car Trips with toilet breaks and Walks for your DogDuring long drives, make sure you take regular breaks from travelling to stretch your legs and give the pup a chance to go for a quick walk. Taking regular potty breaks for your pup is especially important when driving in unfamiliar places to avoid accidents, not just passing through this unfamiliar place but also inside your accommodation later on.
Ensure that you have your dog's collar and lead on when taking a break. Your dog will be in an unfamiliar situation and could easily get spooked or try to run away.
Of course, never leave your dog alone unattended in a car! Safe travels and send us a postcard at Delivery Hound!
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