Packing list for a stay outside the home

You have decided to leave your dog for a period of time with friends, relatives or at boarding kennels or you have found a canine-friendly way of spending your holiday with your dog. Have all formalities been taken care of, has your dog had all the required vaccinations and has he been wormed and treated for fleas? 

Then you are ready to get going – with the packing! As your dog cannot pack for himself, you have to think of everything that a dog needs and of those things that your dog in particular needs. To help you in this task, we have compiled a packing list of items that you need to remember:

Essential items for going for walks:

  • collar displaying both the holiday and home address
  • lead and 8in1 Poop Patrol poop bags (store in a handy dispenser that attaches to the lead)
  • where required: muzzle
  • for longer walks: food and water, possibly treats as a reward

    Essential items for a dog-friendly, familiar environment:

    • dog basket or transport box for sleeping and resting
    • blankets
    • familiar toys
    • food and water bowls
    • supply of usual food in order to avoid any further stress caused by a change in diet
    • chew bones and possibly treats

      Essential items for grooming and healthcare:

      • brush and clippers
      • care products, such as shampoo, ear and eye cleansing pads, 8in1 Cleaning Wipes, etc.
      • toothbrush and toothpaste

      First-aid kit:

      • tick remover
      • vaccination card
      • address and telephone number of vets at your holiday destination
      • dressings and scissors
      • disinfectant
      • wound spray

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      Staying with friends and family

      Your decision not to take your dog along for the trip should be based exclusively on your dog’s wellbeing. Perhaps your elderly dog would find the journey too stressful, or maybe you have been unable to find suitable accommodation for your dog? Maybe you have to go away at short notice, and the only possibility would be to leave your dog alone during the daytime in a strange hotel room.


      Staying at boarding kennels

      If friends or relatives are unable to help out or your dog has special needs that require special care and attention, you should look around for suitable boarding kennels. It is helpful if you do this as early as possible so that you have a contact address handy in case of an emergency. When choosing kennels, always keep your dog’s wellbeing in mind: not all boarding kennels are actually good for your dog! To make really sure that your dog feels at ease and that his needs are well cared for, you should take a number of things into account, including the various points listed below. It is also advisable to ask your vet or breeder to recommend suitable kennels, or discuss with them the place that you have chosen and visit the kennels unannounced.


      Toilet Training

      Your young puppy is extremely active and needs to eat several small portions of food a day. However, with food comes the need for your puppy to do his business. As a rule, your puppy will not dirty his own bed, but you must teach him that this applies not only to his basket, but also to your home. Observe your puppy closely. If he whines, turns in circles or seeks a place to do his business, pick him up and carry him outside. Praise him only once he has relieved himself there.