Preparing the Great Pyrenees for a holiday

How to make summer recreation a positive experience for your dog?

Dog Owner Question

"Hi! I am the owner of a Great Pyrenees and would like to take him on holiday with me for the first time. What steps can I take to make this a positive experience for both of us?"

Answer from the vet

"Dear Enquirer!

Pyrenean Mountain Dogs are a very bonding breed, so they will love to be with you, even on holiday.

However, in order to make this a positive experience for both of you, there are a few things to consider.

First and foremost, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs are prone to separation anxiety and love to be by your side.

So if you are planning activities where you can't have your dog with you, such as going to a restaurant or going to the beach, make sure you have adequate doggy daycare in place beforehand!

Secondly, these dogs do not like temperatures that are too high.

If you're going on holiday, make sure your dog can cool off regularly and always has plenty of fresh drinking water.

Thirdly, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs are large dogs, so if you're going on a long journey, it's important that your dog fits comfortably in the car.

If necessary, you can get the right size car crate or seat belt. If you're on a long journey, don't forget to stop regularly so that your dog can get out and about and do its business!

Finally, if you are going to a new place, this can also be stressful for your dog as everything will be unfamiliar!

To reduce stress, take things with you that are reminiscent of his home environment, such as his bed, his toys or his familiar feeding bowl.

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A Pyrenees Mountain Dog can be a challenge, but with the right preparation and the right attitude, you're sure to enjoy your holiday together!

Be patient and understanding with your dog and remember, this is a new experience for him too. You are doing everything you can to ensure his comfort and safety, and that is the most important thing for him!

Also, always ask a vet to do a thorough health check on your dog before you travel.

Make sure that your dog's vaccinations are up to date and, if necessary, ask for an exit health certificate!

Finally, if you notice any behavioural changes in your dog during the trip, be prepared to seek professional advice.

A behavioural specialist or vet can diagnose and treat the problem immediately and help make your holiday enjoyable for both of you.

I hope this information helps you in planning your holiday and wish you and your dog an enjoyable time!"