How to travel with your Yorkie
The number one thing you have to remember is that leaving your Yorkie puppy in the car alone for any amount of time is a big “No! No!”. The temperature can change very quickly and your Yorkie puppy can suffer from it. Heatstroke is something many take for granted but puppies and dogs have suffered from it before. Their temperature rises very high and sometimes end up in a severe condition. Many Yorkie’s love to travel but some do get a little anxious at times. The barking, whining, and circling can also sometimes cause fevers.
When traveling with your Yorkie puppy there are a few items HOW TO TRAVEL WITH YOUR Yorkie
Traveling With Your Yorkie can certainly be done easily after you have trained them. Yorkies love to go with you on trips. They are naturally curious and make fantastic travel companions. They just enjoy going along for the ride!
Yorkies like to be included in everything you do. There is no reason why you can’t take your Yorkie when you travel next time. They do not like having to stay behind in a kennel while the family goes off on vacation. Many Yorkie owners used to feel guilty leaving their Yorkie in the kennel when they took off on their vacation. They missed their Yorkie on the vacation and their Yorkie most certainly missed them.
If you are traveling with your Yorkie by car, you should have exposed your Yorkie to short car rides beforehand. It would not be fair to take him on a long trip without first getting him used to riding in a car and making sure he doesn’t get overanxious, or car sick while riding.
Plan to stop and take a break at least every two hours to give your Yorkie a break. Stop the car and let your Yorkie out for some fresh air and water as well as to relieve him/herself when traveling with your Yorkie. He will enjoy taking a break and will reward you warmly for taking good care of him while traveling with your Yorkie.
While driving do not drive in a car that is too warm as cooler temperatures are more suitable for your Yorkie. Also, make certain you do not open the windows and create a strong draft as drafts are unhealthy for Yorkies.
You will need to plan your travel with your Yorkie by preparing a list of what you need to do and what you need TO take with you. Then save the list so that you can have it handy next time you are traveling with your Yorkie on your next vacation – with any suitable corrections you found that you needed to make after your last trip!
Decide where you will be going and then check out hotels to be sure they accept dogs. You will be surprised to learn that quite a few hotel chains are now accepting dogs! I used to work with hotel and motel housekeeping departments and many times the maids told of going to a room, to clean it and make up the beds, and being met by a very well behaved little dogs.
It is better not to let your Yorkie stay alone in the hotel room when traveling with your Yorkie but if you have to go out, and leave him alone, then put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door for the few minutes you will be gone. This will indicate to the hotel staff that the room is indeed occupied. The maid will not have to take a room check which means opening the door to see if the room is occupied because the “Do Not Disturb” sign will indicate to the maid that the room is occupied. Hotels have their maids take a room check first thing in the morning as well as just before leaving their shifts.
Make sure you have your name, phone number, email address and your Yorkie’s name on his identification tag, which should be securely fastened to his collar. In case your Yorkie gets lost you can be contacted to retrieve him.
Before making the trip pay a visit to the vet and get your Yorkie’s shots up to date as you wouldn’t want him to pick up something while on vacation and get sick which would ruin both your vacations. Tell the vet where you will be going so that he can provide any additional shots that your Yorkie may need for that area. If you are going traveling with your Yorkie out of the United States you may even need a recent health certificate for your Yorkie.
When traveling with your Yorkie take a first aid kit for your Yorkie so that you are prepared in case he needs some additional attention while on the trip. Your vet can help you put together a nice small emergency first aid kit before you leave.
You may wish to consider purchasing a dog harness when traveling with your Yorkie to be used in the car for your Yorkie’s safety. A harness gives extra protection and your Yorkie will not be able to “slip” out of it. Some hotels will even require that your dog travels with a harness instead of just a collar while on their property.
Before you go on vacation, if you have not already done so, you might want to be sure your dog is litter trained. With your Yorkie litter trained you will always have the bathroom facility available for your Yorkie. With the litter box available, your Yorkie won’t feel nervous about having to relieve himself in a strange location. Also, with your Yorkie litter trained, you won’t have to worry that your Yorkie will damage the carpet in your hotel room. Don’t worry if your Yorkie has not been litter trained and is now a mature dog.
Take your Yorkie’s litter box with you as you will need it when staying in hotels. The litter box will remind your Yorkie that his litter box is handy whenever he wants to use it.
When traveling with your Yorkie take all the items that your Yorkie will need for the trip. These will include food, bottled water as you do not want him to get sick on the water that he is not familiar with, medications, leash, snacks, kibbles, a few toys, dog dishes, plastic bags, booties if you are visiting a cold location. Towels to dry his feet, brush to comb him, scissors in case you need to give him a trim at the rough edges, etc.
Don’t leave your Yorkie in a locked car as on a hot day the car would be too hot for him to stay in. A locked car can easily reach 150 degrees inside in a manner of an hour or two in the hot sun. Even on a winter day, the sun can heat a car up to an uncomfortably high temperature!
I hope these tips will help you when you are considering traveling with your Yorkie. Most of these items are common sense type stuff but when we are hurrying to get ready for a vacation we sometimes overlook the simplest of things. When was the last time you went on vacation and found you forgot your favorite pair of shoes are your belt for your pants? It happens to all of us if we don’t plan ahead a little bit!
o consider purchasing. Window guards allow the window to be down several inches while still protecting your Yorkie from escaping. This is a must if you plan to be on vacation with your pet. Ventilation is the key!
If your Yorkie will be traveling in the back seat you might want to invest in a harness that clips into the seat belt clip. This will keep him properly tethered in case of accidents and keep him from lunging out the door before you are ready for him to do so. When you make stops at the gas station or rest areas make sure you take your Yorkie puppy out for a walk and some air as well. When you are packing your cooler make sure you throw in your Yorkie bottles of water as well and keep them cool.
Yorkies can also get car sick. There are medications available to avoid car sickness for puppies. Your veterinarian would be the best source for this. Just in case your Yorkie decides to go with car sickness, always have a rubber matt or comforter to lay on for less of a mess. You can always purchase a dog crate from your local pet market suitable for your Yorkie puppy and size. Make sure you bring toys along so that your puppy can keep himself/herself company while you drive.
Don’t hesitate to take your Yorkie with you. These are all just warning signs while traveling with your puppy. Once you are prepared and head off its easy and worthwhile once you arrive. Both you and your Yorkie puppy will very much enjoy yourselves.