With summer upon us travel abounds. Bathing suit – check; sunscreen – check; big straw hat – check. But don’t forget fido - Barking Hound Village’s Owner David York can help REDUCE YOUR travel stress with these eight great tips. Leaving fido behind? The newest Barking Hound is located at 3080 Sylvan Road - just minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. This 10,000 square-foot boarding facility keeps hounds happy with grooming services, luxury suites and all day free-play daycare. As a convenience to weary travelers, Barking Hound Village Airport offers extended hours from 6 a.m. to midnight to accommodate early departures and late arrivals with a separate entrance so not to disturb other overnight guests.
1. Before you travel, make reservations. If you need to arrange overnight accommodations, make sure the pet-only rooms are also non-smoking rooms. Also, request a ground-floor room. This is convenient for late-night potty runs, and means little unnecessary schlepping for you at properties that don’t have elevators.
2. Travel on an empty stomach. Car sickness is more likely if your pet has a full stomach. If the trip is long, feed a smaller amount than normal at least two hours before you leave.
3. Make sure your pet stays hydrated. To ensure safe water on the road: carry a portable water filter, boil water from home and store it in air-tight bottles or use commercial bottled water.
4. Leave the front seat for humans. Keep your pet in the back seat of the car. If an airbag deploys while your pet is in the passenger seat (even in a crate), it might injure your pet.
5. Take your walks in the morning or evening. Midday heat can overwhelm your dog so exercise your dog during cooler hours of the day.
6. Be sure to take plenty of your dog’s regular food. Changing your dog’s diet can often cause an upset stomach.
7. If you have to leave your dog alone in your hotel room, make sure to place a note on your door so housekeeping doesn’t accidentally let them out.
8. Always be sure your dog’s ID tag includes your cell phone number in case you get separated.