How To Travel With Your Dog
17.08.23 August 17, 2023 Owning a Dog

How To Travel With Your Dog

Traveling with your canine companion can be an exciting adventure, but it requires careful planning and the right accessories to ensure a comfortable and stress-free journey for both you and your furry friend. From car travel accessories to travel beds and walking gear, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to help you pack the essential items for a successful trip with your dog.   Car Travel Safety should always be a top priority when traveling with your dog in a car. It's a legal requirement to secure your dog whilst driving and there are a few ways you can do this. Dog Seatbelts & Tethers A dog seat belt or tether that attaches either to the ISO fix point in your car or clips into your seatbelt will help keep your furry friend secure and prevent them from moving around the vehicle, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.Our favourite is the KONG ultimate safety tether, it's great for both small and large dogs whilst travelling and has been designed with your dog's safety in mind   Dog Booster Seats [product] For smaller dogs or cars with a small boot space, you may want your dog to sit in the main space of the car with you. A booster seat is an ideal choice for small breed dogs and puppies as it allows them to sit high up to see where they are going whilst keeping them secure with a harness attachment, we particularly like the Trixie car seat for dogs!   Travel Crates Travel crates are a great option if you want to keep the main space of your car free for passengers, they fit in the boot of your car and keep your dog secure whilst traveling.  For longer trips, they are a perfect safe space for your dog to rest comfortably during the journey. Make sure it's large enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down.     Travel Beds  Here at L&L we have a few options which are perfect for travel. Travel Mats Our range of travel mats are the perfect travel companion, they come in our three most popular sizes and have a handy travel handle so you can take them with you anywhere! They roll up and fasten making them super easy to take out and about on your travels. 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The Mobile Dog Gear bags are amazing, they have space for all you'll need for a weekend or a week away. These bags are designed to carry all your dog's essentials, such as food, treats, medication, waste bags, and even your dog's favourite toys. They even come with handy food storage containers and pop-up travel bowls - perfect for your staycations this summer.     [product] If you're out for a day the Cocopup walking bags are the perfect size for all your and your dog's essentials, they have a handy treat pouch and come in a range of colours so you're sure to find one to match your outfit!   Dog Walking When out and about your dog you'll need either a collar or a harness with an ID tag on, the choice for this comes down to personal preference and the suitability for your dog. Collars come in a whole array of materials and sizes to suit pretty much all breeds and ages of dog. If you have a small breed dog or a puppy, perhaps a buttery soft rolled leather collar and lead will be preferable; a stylish set that will fit their small frames comfortably. If you have a larger dog, perhaps the Dogs & Horses Colours collection will be more suitable.   For more stability and comfort, a harness can be a good alternative to a collar. Particularly good for breeds such as French Bulldogs who have shorter necks, they offer extra comfort and a good level of control when out walking. Also great for the adventuring dog, offering the support needed for hiking and scrambling!  Harnesses are also a must have for the car, they're great for clipping your dog's seatbelt tether or booster seat on to. If you're going on long walks you may want to get an extendable dog lead like the Flexi comfort leads, these are great for giving your dog the freedom to explore whilst making sure they don't stray too far.    Messy Pups If you're on a muddy walk or go for a paddle in the sea you'll want to get your dog as clean and dry as possible before they get back in the car or into your home. Don't worry we've got you covered! Drying coats are a great fuss-free way to dry your furry friend's luscious locks off! Our Lords & Labradors drying collection comes in four colours (Fir, Mole, Navy and Gun Metal) and is made from super soft and snuggly bamboo fleecy fabric. The collection has our drying coats, mitts and cushion covers - perfect to help dry them off after a splash at the beach or muddy puddle jumping!   Dexas Mudbusters are perfect for any mucky encounters, they're an innovative way to help clean your dog's paws! Muddy paws go in and clean paws come out, super handy after trips to the park, walks, or hikes. Keeping a pack of pet wipes to hand is always helpful, any accidents or muck can quickly be wiped away. We particularly love the Earth-Rated wipes which you can either get unscented or lavender-scented! For once you're back home and are looking to bathe your pup after a day of mucky fun we love the PetPlex grooming collection. Formulated to salon quality standards, this grooming range really is the best of the best. Available in 4 wonderful ranges, Puppy purifier, Dirt Defeater, Curl Perfector and Derma Doctor, whatever your dog's coat type and skin requirements we're sure to have the grooming solution for them.   Travel Accessories Travel bowls are a must! We particularly like the Beco versions which are collapsible and come in various sizes.  Charlie The Vet First Aid Kit is a must have on our packing list, it is packed full with over 40 items you may need whilst you're away. Charlie the vet created it with her may years of veterinary experience in mind, filling it with everything pet owners need on the go.    Traveling with your dog can be a rewarding experience with the right preparation and accessories. From ensuring your dog's safety in the car to providing them with a comfortable place to sleep and eat, these essential items will contribute to a seamless journey for both you and your four-legged friend. Remember to also pack any necessary medications, vaccination records, and identification tags to ensure a worry-free adventure. By planning ahead and catering to your dog's needs, you'll be well-equipped to enjoy the sights and sounds of the world together. Happy travels!

By Megan Willis

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Traveling with your canine companion can be an exciting adventure, but it requires careful planning and the right accessories to ensure a comfortable and stress-free journey for both you and your furry friend. From car travel accessories to travel beds and walking gear, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to help you pack the essential items for a successful trip with your dog.

 

Car Travel

Safety should always be a top priority when traveling with your dog in a car. It's a legal requirement to secure your dog whilst driving and there are a few ways you can do this.

Dog Seatbelts & Tethers

A dog seat belt or tether that attaches either to the ISO fix point in your car or clips into your seatbelt will help keep your furry friend secure and prevent them from moving around the vehicle, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.Our favourite is the KONG ultimate safety tether, it's great for both small and large dogs whilst travelling and has been designed with your dog's safety in mind

 

Dog Booster Seats

For smaller dogs or cars with a small boot space, you may want your dog to sit in the main space of the car with you. A booster seat is an ideal choice for small breed dogs and puppies as it allows them to sit high up to see where they are going whilst keeping them secure with a harness attachment, we particularly like the Trixie car seat for dogs!

 

Travel Crates

Travel crates are a great option if you want to keep the main space of your car free for passengers, they fit in the boot of your car and keep your dog secure whilst traveling.  For longer trips, they are a perfect safe space for your dog to rest comfortably during the journey. Make sure it's large enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down.

Black fluffy dog in a car crate inside the boot of a car 

 

Travel Beds 

Here at L&L we have a few options which are perfect for travel.

Travel Mats

Our range of travel mats are the perfect travel companion, they come in our three most popular sizes and have a handy travel handle so you can take them with you anywhere! They roll up and fasten making them super easy to take out and about on your travels. They are perfect for popping in the boot of your car and to take along on your travels. 

Lady holding a rolled up dog travel mat Nova scotia duck tolling retriever laid in the back of the car on a travel mat

 

Sleepeze

The Sleepeze Dog Cushion is the ultimate sleep sanctuary for your pup! Super plump and cosy with extra deep hollow fibre filling, this handmade cushion comes in fun prints, with a handle for convenient portability. The perfect blend of comfort and style, the Sleepeze is great for a travel crate, as a stand-alone bed, and in the boot of your car!

Nova scotia duck tolling retriever laid on a sleepeze travel dog cushion Nova scotia duck tolling retriever laid on a sleepeze dog cushion

 

Essentials Herdwick & Twill Beds

Many of our Essentials Herdwick & Twill beds have been designed with an Italian leather handle making them perfect for travel. They are designed using the most beautiful plush fabrics and fleece, perfect for home and away!

Spaniel laid on a travel dog bed Spaniel sat in a travel dog bed

 

Travel Bags

Dogs come with a lot of stuff, especially if you're staying overnight somewhere. Investing in a dog-specific travel bag can be a game-change for keeping all their stuff in one place.

The Mobile Dog Gear bags are amazing, they have space for all you'll need for a weekend or a week away. These bags are designed to carry all your dog's essentials, such as food, treats, medication, waste bags, and even your dog's favourite toys. They even come with handy food storage containers and pop-up travel bowls - perfect for your staycations this summer.

Mobile dog gear travel dog bag on the beach Spaniel with a travel dog bag

 

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CocoPup

CocoPup Dog Walking Bag Set

If you're out for a day the Cocopup walking bags are the perfect size for all your and your dog's essentials, they have a handy treat pouch and come in a range of colours so you're sure to find one to match your outfit!

 

Dog Walking

When out and about your dog you'll need either a collar or a harness with an ID tag on, the choice for this comes down to personal preference and the suitability for your dog. Collars come in a whole array of materials and sizes to suit pretty much all breeds and ages of dog. If you have a small breed dog or a puppy, perhaps a buttery soft rolled leather collar and lead will be preferable; a stylish set that will fit their small frames comfortably. If you have a larger dog, perhaps the Dogs & Horses Colours collection will be more suitable.

Labrador wearing leather dog collar and lead

 

For more stability and comfort, a harness can be a good alternative to a collar. Particularly good for breeds such as French Bulldogs who have shorter necks, they offer extra comfort and a good level of control when out walking. Also great for the adventuring dog, offering the support needed for hiking and scrambling!  Harnesses are also a must have for the car, they're great for clipping your dog's seatbelt tether or booster seat on to.

If you're going on long walks you may want to get an extendable dog lead like the Flexi comfort leads, these are great for giving your dog the freedom to explore whilst making sure they don't stray too far. 

 

Messy Pups

If you're on a muddy walk or go for a paddle in the sea you'll want to get your dog as clean and dry as possible before they get back in the car or into your home. Don't worry we've got you covered!

Drying coats are a great fuss-free way to dry your furry friend's luscious locks off! Our Lords & Labradors drying collection comes in four colours (Fir, Mole, Navy and Gun Metal) and is made from super soft and snuggly bamboo fleecy fabric. The collection has our drying coats, mitts and cushion covers - perfect to help dry them off after a splash at the beach or muddy puddle jumping!

Dalmatians wearing fir green dog drying coats

 

Dexas Mudbusters are perfect for any mucky encounters, they're an innovative way to help clean your dog's paws! Muddy paws go in and clean paws come out, super handy after trips to the park, walks, or hikes.

Keeping a pack of pet wipes to hand is always helpful, any accidents or muck can quickly be wiped away. We particularly love the Earth-Rated wipes which you can either get unscented or lavender-scented!

For once you're back home and are looking to bathe your pup after a day of mucky fun we love the PetPlex grooming collection. Formulated to salon quality standards, this grooming range really is the best of the best. Available in 4 wonderful ranges, Puppy purifier, Dirt Defeater, Curl Perfector and Derma Doctor, whatever your dog's coat type and skin requirements we're sure to have the grooming solution for them.

Petplex dog shampoo on the beach

 

Travel Accessories

Travel bowls are a must! We particularly like the Beco versions which are collapsible and come in various sizes. 

Charlie The Vet First Aid Kit is a must have on our packing list, it is packed full with over 40 items you may need whilst you're away. Charlie the vet created it with her may years of veterinary experience in mind, filling it with everything pet owners need on the go. 

Labrador with a dog first aid kit

 

Traveling with your dog can be a rewarding experience with the right preparation and accessories. From ensuring your dog's safety in the car to providing them with a comfortable place to sleep and eat, these essential items will contribute to a seamless journey for both you and your four-legged friend. Remember to also pack any necessary medications, vaccination records, and identification tags to ensure a worry-free adventure. By planning ahead and catering to your dog's needs, you'll be well-equipped to enjoy the sights and sounds of the world together. Happy travels!

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They are stuffed with deep-hollow fibre so are supportive for your Deerhound’s joints, and they come in our 3 most popular bed shapes so your Deerhound can get really comfy however they sleep. Deerhound Grooming Tips and Best Grooming Products While Deerhounds have a relatively low-maintenance coat, regular grooming is still essential to keep them looking and feeling their best. Here are some grooming tips and recommended products: Brushing: Use a soft-bristled brush to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Brush your Deerhound's coat at least once a week to keep it clean and healthy. Bathing: Bathe your Deerhound as needed, using a mild dog shampoo to avoid stripping natural oils from the skin. The PetPlex Dirt Defeater shampoo and conditioner is both gentle on their coat and smells like tropical fruits, it’s our go-to for washing our dogs with. Nail Trimming: Keep your Deerhound's nails trimmed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort. Use a quality nail trimmer designed for dogs. Ear Care: Check your Deerhound's ears regularly for signs of infection or irritation. Clean them gently with a veterinarian-approved ear cleaner. In conclusion, Deerhounds are magnificent creatures that bring joy, companionship, and grace to any household. They are gentle giants so make great family pets and are super easy to love. Looking to shop for your Deerhound? Then look no further than our Deerhound shop, we’ve carefully curated our top picks for your Sighthound to make shopping for them easy - shop here.

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  • Dogue De Bordeaux Ultimate Guide
    14.03.24 March 14, 2024 Dog Breed Guide

    Dogue De Bordeaux Ultimate Guide

    If you're considering bringing a Dogue De Bordeaux into your family or you're already a proud owner of this majestic breed, you're in for a treat! Known for their impressive size, gentle demeanour, and loyalty, Dogue De Bordeaux, also referred to as French Mastiffs, are captivating companions that leave an indelible mark on the hearts of those who welcome them into their homes. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into everything you need to know about Dogue De Bordeaux, from their personality and health issues to training tips and grooming essentials. Dogue De Bordeaux Facts and Information Dogue De Bordeaux Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Working Size Large Weight 45-68 kg Daily Exercise 1+ hours a day Coat Type Short and smooth Coat colours Fawn, Isabella, Mahogany, Red, Red & White, Red With Black Mask, Red With Brown Mask and Tan Lifespan 10+ years   Origin and History Originating from France, the Dogue De Bordeaux has a rich history dating back centuries. These dogs were once employed as guardians of castles, estates, and livestock, showcasing their innate protective instincts and unwavering loyalty to their families. Physical Appearance Dogue De Bordeaux is characterised by its robust and muscular build, with a distinctive wrinkled face and a powerful jaw. Their short coat comes in various shades of fawn, ranging from light to dark, with occasional white markings on the chest and toes. Dogue De Bordeaux Personality and Traits Temperament Known for their gentle disposition and affectionate nature, Dogue De Bordeaux are devoted family companions. Despite their imposing size, they are remarkably gentle with children and possess a calm demeanour, making them excellent family pets. Loyalty and Protective Instincts Dogue De Bordeaux are fiercely loyal to their families and possess a natural instinct to protect their loved ones. While they may appear aloof with strangers, they form deep bonds with their owners and demonstrate unwavering devotion. Gentle Giants Despite their intimidating appearance, Dogue De Bordeaux are affectionately referred to as "gentle giants" due to their loving and docile nature. They thrive on human companionship and enjoy being an integral part of the family unit. Dogue De Bordeaux Health Issues Common Health Concerns Like all breeds, Dogue De Bordeaux may be prone to certain health issues, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, heart problems, and respiratory issues due to their brachycephalic (short-nosed) anatomy. Responsible breeding and regular veterinary care are essential to ensure their well-being. Weight Management Due to their large size, Dogue De Bordeaux are susceptible to obesity, which can exacerbate existing health conditions and impact their overall quality of life. Maintaining a balanced diet and providing regular exercise are crucial in preventing weight-related issues. Veterinary Care Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive care measures are vital for maintaining your Dogue De Bordeaux's health and detecting any potential issues early on. Raising a Dogue De Bordeaux Puppyhood When bringing home a Dogue De Bordeaux puppy, it's essential to create a nurturing and structured environment to promote their physical and emotional development. Socialisation, positive reinforcement, and establishing routines are key aspects of raising a well-adjusted puppy. Crate Training Introducing crate training early on can help provide your Dogue De Bordeaux with a safe and comfortable space of their own while aiding in housebreaking and preventing destructive behaviours. If you’re wanting to crate train your Dogue De Bordeaux, our Crate training guide has all of our Pet Experts top tips and tricks for making it as smooth as possible! Obedience Training Consistent and positive reinforcement-based obedience training is essential for fostering good behaviour and strengthening the bond between you and your Dogue De Bordeaux. Patience, consistency, and gentle guidance are key principles in effective training. Exercise Needs While Dogue De Bordeaux enjoy leisurely strolls and lounging indoors, they also require regular exercise to maintain their physical health and mental well-being. Aim for daily walks and engaging play sessions to fulfil their exercise requirements. Shop our walking accessories here. Dietary Needs Nutrition Providing a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for supporting your Dogue De Bordeaux's overall health and vitality. Opt for high-quality dog food formulated for large breeds and consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate feeding regimen for your pet's age and activity level. Some high quality brands to explore are Carnilove, Orijen and Acana, all three brands are rich in protein content and have specific large breed formulations to support your Dogue De Bordeaux at every stage of life from puppy to adult to senior. Feeding Schedule Establishing a consistent feeding schedule helps regulate your Dogue De Bordeaux's appetite and prevents overeating. Divide their daily food portions into multiple meals to aid in digestion and prevent bloating, a common concern in deep-chested breeds. Grooming Tips Coat Care Dogue De Bordeaux have a short coat that requires minimal grooming. Regular brushing helps remove loose hair and prevents matting, particularly during seasonal shedding periods. Bathing Dogue De Bordeaux’s are prone to skin irritation so we recommend using a sensitive formulation of shampoo when bathing them. PetPlex Derma doctor has been formulated specifically for dogs with sensitive skin, its fragrance, silicone and paraben free and full of mild ingredients so is great for sensitive puppies. Facial Wrinkles Pay special attention to the facial wrinkles characteristic of the breed, as they can trap moisture and debris, leading to skin irritation and infections. Gently clean the wrinkles with a damp cloth or wipe and ensure thorough drying to prevent moisture buildup. Nail Trimming and Dental Care Regular nail trims and dental care are essential aspects of your Dogue De Bordeaux's grooming routine. Trim nails as needed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort, and incorporate regular brushing and dental treats to maintain oral health. Best Beds For Dogue De Bordeaux Invest in a spacious and durable dog bed that accommodates your Dogue De Bordeaux's size and provides ample support for their joints and muscles. Opt for orthopaedic or memory foam beds to alleviate pressure points and promote restful sleep. All of our beds have a deep hollow fibre filling so are super supportive for your Dogue De Bordeaux’s joints, our Rhino tough range is a great choice for your Dogue De Bordeaux! Best Toys For Dogue De Bordeaux Choose sturdy and interactive toys that cater to your Dogue De Bordeaux's size and strength. Look for toys made from durable materials such as rubber or nylon that can withstand vigorous chewing and play sessions. Shop our durable toys here. Conclusion In conclusion, Dogue De Bordeaux are remarkable companions cherished for their gentle demeanour, unwavering loyalty, and distinctive appearance. By understanding their unique needs and providing them with love, care, and proper training, you can cultivate a fulfilling and harmonious relationship with your beloved French Mastiff. Remember, your Dogue De Bordeaux is more than just a pet – they are a cherished member of the family deserving of the best care and companionship. Whether you're considering adding a Dogue De Bordeaux to your family or already have one by your side, embrace the journey of companionship and revel in the joy of sharing your life with these magnificent creatures. With patience, dedication, and a whole lot of love, your Dogue De Bordeaux will undoubtedly enrich your life in ways you never imagined. Shop our handpicked collection for Dogue De Bordeaux’s here.

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