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Vacation with an Australian Labradoodle

Are you making vacation plans? Choosing a destination, packing your bags, and making all necessary preparations—for you and your Australian Labradoodle. Because they love to join in on the fun. What should you consider when taking your dog on vacation? And what do you need to bring? With the tips in this article, you'll be well-prepared for your trip!

You're Going on Vacation and Bringing…

Your loyal canine companion, of course! Going on vacation is a treat for four-legged friends too. If it's not possible to take them along, think ahead about their accommodation during your holiday. Australian Labradoodles are people-oriented dogs and generally won't feel at home in large-scale kennels or boarding facilities. A small-scale pet sitter or staying with family is preferable.

Packing List for Your Dog

Whether your dog is traveling with you or enjoying a staycation with family, make sure to pack the following items:

  • Pet passport
  • Medication (if necessary)
  • First aid kit with tick remover
  • Leash
  • Collar with your local contact information
  • Bed and/or blanket
  • Food and water bowls
  • Food
  • Toys
  • Poop bags
  • Grooming supplies, such as a brush
  • The number of your vet and possibly a local vet

Going Abroad?

Taking your Australian Labradoodle across borders? Your dog will need a European pet passport and a microchip. All dogs traveling internationally must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before departure. The vet must record this in the pet passport. If you're heading to Southern Europe, parasite control is especially important. Traveling to the UK? A tapeworm treatment is mandatory. Some countries, even within Europe, also require a health certificate or proof of specific treatments. Check the LIGC website for the regulations.

Consider the temperature. Is it hot at your destination? Avoid the midday sun. Always provide a shady spot for your dog to rest and consider a cooling mat for extra comfort. Offer water regularly to keep your dog hydrated. If the sand or asphalt is too hot for your feet, it will also be too hot for your Australian Labradoodle's paws.

Check the Rules

Different countries have different rules for dogs than the Netherlands. In Germany and the UK, a dog can only be transported in a car if secured with a dog seatbelt, travel crate, or behind a dog guard. In Hungary, you must have a muzzle and leash with you. In Italy, Austria, and many places in Croatia, leashing is mandatory. Check the regulations in your vacation destination before you go.

The ALAEU wishes you a great summer!

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