The family is sitting around discussing the annual vacation – will it be the hills or the beach or
even going abroad? Then someone says, “What about the pet? Can’t he come too?”
That sets you thinking. What are the pros and cons of taking your pet on holiday? Here are some hints and tips to help you decide and plan.
How Will You Travel?
The first thing to think about when making plans is how you will be travelling – by car, train or air.
Travel by Car: This is the simplest and cheapest way to travel with pets. And most pets love cars. When the window is open, the feast of ever-changing sights and smells provides endless stimulation for the doggie’s brain. Some experts say that dogs love car rides because they feel as if they are on a hunt. There is something
about the car movement and the fact that the dog is riding along with its pack (its human family) that mimics the experience of hunting.
However, there are some points you need to think about before setting off with Fido.
- Safety: Have some way to restrain your pet while he is in the car. This is for your safety and his. Pets roaming free in a vehicle can distract the driver and are more likely to be hurt in the event of an accident. Pet barriers (larger dogs), pet seat belts, pet car seats (small dogs) and pet travel crates are all options for restraining your dog. Do get him used to the form of restraint long before you travel. Dogs love to stick their heads out of the window but this is a ‘no’. The animal can be hit by flying debris or other vehicles that pass too close.
- Temporary ID Tag: Just in case your pet runs off while you are away, attach a temporary ID to his collar. Include the address and phone number of where you
will be staying on holiday, plus your mobile number and maybe an email address. And bring along a current photo of your pet to help with the search if he should get lost.
- What to Pack: Include a supply of your pet’s favourite food–you may not be able to buy it on the way. Also bring food
and water bowls, bedding, leash, collar and tags, a first aid kit and any required medications. Make sure you always have plenty of water.
- Plenty of Bathroom Breaks: Make sure you take lots of breaks so your pet can relieve itself and stretch its legs. Make sure your pet is on the leash and wearing the ID. During bathroom breaks, give your pet some water but keep food to a minimum during the journey.
- Parked Vehicles: Dogs are very prone to overheating so never ever leave your pet alone in a parked car. Even with the
window slightly open, temperatures in the vehicle can rise above danger levels.
- Car Sickness: Like humans, some dogs and puppies can suffer from motion sickness. Common signs of car sickness in a pet include: a lot of yawning, drooling,
inactivity, restlessness, whining, vomiting. If your dog is car sick, then it may not be a great idea to take him on a road trip but if it is unavoidable, there are some steps you can take.
- Don’t feed him for several hours before setting off;
- Exercise before getting into the car;
- Make sure he is facing forward in the car;
- Don’t let him travel in the furthest back seat;
- Open the windows a little;
- Keep the vehicle cool.
Travel by Rail
If you are travelling on Indian Railways then you can take a pet dog in AC First Class or First Class only, provided you reserve either a two-berth or a four-berth compartment exclusively for use by you, your family or friends and your pet.
If you are travelling in any other class, then you cannot take the pet with you in the compartment but you can book and carry the pet in the luggage van in a specially designed pet carrier. You should contact the Parcel Office to book your pet in the luggage van. There are penalties if you try to carry your pet without booking.
Travel by Air
The Air India policy (and other domestic airlines will be much the same) is that small pets such as dogs, cats and birds, accompanied by valid health and rabies vaccination certificates, can be accepted on domestic flights in the cabin or the cargo hold at the owners’ risk.
To travel in the cabin, the pets must be carried in soft ventilated bags of a
prescribed size (18”x18”x12” max.) and the animal should not weigh more than 5 kg. Larger pets will need to go in the hold.
Pets travelling in the hold can be carried as accompanied baggage or shipped as cargo and excess baggage is payable on them. They are not included in the free luggage allowance.
Days Out With Your Pet
So now you’ve arrived near the beach or the hills and you and your pet are about to have a blast. Here are some tips to help you have fun in safety.
The Beach – “Do’s and Don’ts”
- Check that the beach allows pets;
- Bring a long leash and use it if there is any danger of your pet troubling other beachgoers;
- Take beach towels, drinking water, umbrella and doggie sunscreen (yes- dogs can get sunburnt, especially on the nose);
- Never leave your pet unattended;
- Know whether your pet is a swimmer or not. Never force him into the water;
- If you are not sure whether he’s a swimmer, take along a pet life vest;
- Watch out for signs of heat stroke (from the sun) or hypothermia (from cold water).
Hill-Walking “Do’s” and Don’ts”
- Get fit before you start, and that means your pet as well as you!
- Take collar and leash, as for normal walks;
- Have a legible ID tag. Maybe take a
- Carry water for you and for the dog (plus a bowl for him to drink from);
- Ditto food for you and for your pet;
- Bring a first-aid kit;
- Sunscreen–both human and doggies varieties;
- If it’s likely to be cold, bring an extra layer for the pet.
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All the above are ideas for fun holidays and days out with a fit, healthy, confident and youngish pet. If you have a senior pet or a pet with health problems, then it is probably safer to leave him at home with a relative or book him into a responsible,
high-quality pet resort such as Canine Elite.
It’s worth mentioning here that Canine Elite also has accommodation for humans, so if you want to take a break in Delhi, you can stay there along with your furry best friend.
Canine Elite is a premium dog boarding establishment and cattery in Delhi. It offers Delhi pets and pet owners superb facilities such as day care for dogs, advanced dog training, dog agility training, puppy training and vet service. Canine Elite also promotes and facilitates pet adoption in Delhi.
It was all the fun of the fair and more at the first Indian Canine Upliftment Centre (ICUC) Pet Fair on 22-23 April.
Dogs large and small, together with their owners, made their way to Canine Elite’s extensive grounds in Mehrauli, where bright-coloured bunting and a variety of exciting stalls awaited them.
There was certainly plenty to interest pet lovers. Reputed vets were on site to for consultation and luxury grooming services from Scoopy Scrub were on offer. As I went around the numerous stalls, I found a dizzying array of merchandise available. As well as dog beds and baskets, grooming tools, medications and foods there were pet jigsaw puzzles, coasters, decorated pencils, cupcakes with paw design (for human consumption!), dog booties, canine clothing, a range of beautiful soaps and a pet bakery (or ‘barkery’!).
One stall owner, Aastha, told me that all her products, whether dog garments or leashes, were made of natural fibres such as cotton and jute. This, she said, was because she had found that her own dog was allergic to nylon. One item on her stall, a magnificent leash suitable for a large dog, was actually made from the thick rope used to tie ships.
There was also a most beautiful art exhibition containing works by artists keen to support the good work of (ICUC). A black and white image of a little boy with his dog on a city street really caught my eye.
Inevitably, the most popular attraction was the pen where gorgeous Indie pups for fostering or adoption could be viewed and petted. Two tiny silky creatures in particular drew a lot of attention. They seemed very young and I asked one of the volunteers about their history. She confirmed that at only six weeks, they were really too little to be away from mum. Apparently, their little family was living close to a dangerous road and one of the litter had already been run over. ICUC then had to make a tough decision, whether to let them stay with their mother or take them in and save their lives. They decided on the latter course of action. One of the pair had already found a home, and the other was getting a lot of love, so it looked like a likely happy end to the tale.
A number of people had indeed come to the Fair with a view to dog adoption. Some were looking for doggie friends for themselves while a visitor from the US whom I chatted to was seeking a canine companion for his present pooch.
It was a hot day but cooling fans were well placed for comfort. Four-legged visitors could take a plunge in the doggie swimming pool or try some doggie ice-cream; two-legged visitors could chill out with an iced shake or delicious ice-cream rolls made in front of their eyes.
One way and another, this event is surely one for a Delhi pet lover’s calendar. Look out for the next edition in a year’s time!
Indian Canine Upliftment Centre ICUC is a registered animal welfare organisation dedicated to the care of the homeless, abandoned, and rescued dogs and cats across Delhi and NCR. Their aim is to find families for these pets while also discouraging people from buying pets.
Canine Elite is a premium dog boarding establishment and cattery in Delhi. It offers Delhi pets and pet owners superb facilities such as daycare for dogs, advanced dog training, dog agility training, puppy training and vet service. Canine Elite also promotes and facilitates pet adoption in Delhi.
Sonya Kochhar Apicella,
Canine Elite & ICUC
Having a dog in the house can greatly enrich family life for children and adults alike. Pets, especially dogs, can teach children compassion patience and responsibility. However, to make it all go smoothly, care must first be taken in choosing a dog to match the particular family and their circumstances.
Factors to Consider Include
- Age of the children
- Town or country home
- Size of the house
- Availability of a garden
Best Breeds of Dogs for Families with Kids Pet-centred websites will
tell you that the best dogs for kids include Boxers, Bull Dogs, Collies, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Poodles. You’ll notice that these are all quite big dogs, which tend to be more docile than little dogs and so are suitable companions for kids. You should avoid any dogs such as Rottweilers that have been breed as guard dogs.
Each breed has its particular pros and cons. All of the above, except for the Bull Dogs, which are a bit lazy, need lots of exercise. In addition, long-haired Collies and Golden Retrievers, while friendly and playful, require a lot of grooming, which may be diffi cult if both parents are working or otherwise busy. Poodles, on the other hand, have the great advantage that they do not shed much hair. The ever popular Labrador Retrievers have a disadvantage in that they are prone to health problems such as hip dysplasia, especially if they are pure breed. If you are not breed conscious, and canconsider giving a homeless, rescued, or an abandoned dog a home, do consider
adopting a desi Dog. Desi dogs are intelligent, hardy and full of character. If you live in New Delhi, you can visit the Indian Canine Uplift ment Centre located in Mehrauli. Indian Canine Uplift ment Centre (ICUC) is a registered animal welfare organisation dedicated to the care of the homeless,abandoned, and rescued dogs and cats across Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). Th e aim is to fi nd families for these pets while also discouraging people from
buying pets. On April 22-23, 2017, ICUC will organise a Pet Fair fund raiser. Th e 2-day event will have several fun filled activities for pet parents, children, and their dogs. Entry Charges are INR 100 per person. Dogs and children below 12 years are allowed free!
Location – Canine Elite Grounds,
Mehrauli, New Delhi
Choosing a Dog for Families with Young
Special care is needed if the kids in your family are less than 6- year-old. Don’t adopt a dog that barks a lot or a large, highenergy adult dog that could knock over a small child. And it’s probably not the best time to acquire a young puppy. Parents of young children are already very busy and puppies demand almost as much time and eff ort as a child.
Introducing a New Dog into Your Home
Do give the new puppy a chance to settle down before allowing the children to play with it too much. To ensure satisfactory socialisation, you will need to train the dog; it is time to read puppy training
Ensure everyone in the family sticks to the same rules regarding the dog. Make a list and stick it up where everyone can see it. You’ll need to decide where the pup will sleep. Some experts advise that the dog should have its own bed and not sleep with the kids because it can cause health and behavioural problems.
The Family Pack Unlike cats, dogs are wired to behave as members of a pack and for a pet dog the
human family is its ‘pack’. In a wild dog pack, there is scale of dominance reaching down from the pack leader to the weakest member. In a human/dog pack, size matters. In the pet dog’s mind, the ‘pack leader’ is probably one of the parents and must be obeyed but, when it comes to kids, most dogs will regard young children as equal or subordinate in the pecking order.
This can lead to various types of behaviour such as refusing to obey the child’s commands, growling when the child comes near, or even biting if the child does not heed the warnings to get out of the dog’s
If you see any of these behaviours happening, it is time to seek advice from a professional animal behaviourist. At the ICUC Pet Fair, you can meet Gautam Kari, US trained and Certifi ed Animal Behaviourist, and register for the Top Dog 10 Basic Obedience Certifi cation Course starting on April 25 to May 5 at Canine Elite, New Delhi. Th e 10-day basic obedience course is designed around internationally recognised positive training techniques, and teaches pet owners how to create a lasting and strong leader relationship with their dogs.
For more information on the upcoming
event, you can write to sonyakochhar@
Th e writer is the Founder and Owner of Canine
Elite, Pet Boarding, Grooming and Training
Making holiday plans involves a lot of decisions – what to do, where to stay, how to travel, what to take with you. For pet parents, one of the most critical decisions they face is what to do with the much-loved family dog or cat. Some people solve the problem by taking their pet (or pets) with them. While dog-friendly vacations are becoming more common and possible with a lot of planning, having Fido along will greatly curtail how you get there and what you do when you get there. Travel by train and plane is limited and vacationing internationally is nearly out of the question because of permits and quarantine requirements. If you can work out the travel and get your pet to your holiday destination, you will face a limited number of options that accommodate pets. It is even less likely that Fido will be able to join you and your family sightseeing, or to museums or shopping malls.
And what happens if the travel makes your pet sick? Pets are known to have diffi culty quickly adjusting to new environments and having a sick pet in a hotel room or BB would be miserable for Fido and you. Another option is to entrust the care of Fido and Kitty to a friend or relative who will pop in to feed, walk, and keep an eye on things while you are away. However well-intentioned these caregivers are, they are usually untrained. Will they be able to tell when Fido is a bit under the weather and need to be taken to the veterinarian? Will they be able to identify and stop a medical emergency crisis before it happens? Pets entrusted to part-time caretakers may escape or become ill because of a lack of consistent care. You could also send Fido and Kitty for a “sleepover” with a friend or relative while you are on holiday but will your pet adjust? Will your pet chew up your friend’s favourite high heels or sofa cushion? Leave a “deposit” on someone’s oriental rug? Will your friend respect your wishes not to feed Fido from the table or too much Butter Chicken? Are they going on their nightly walks?
A Good Kennel is the Safest Option The safest option for your best buddy while you are away is a professionally-run, well-appointed boarding facility. Professional kennels and boarding facilities will monitor your pet 24/7, will exercise and feed them following your schedule, and will check them frequently with staff trained to recognize signs of stress, distress or illness – and will know what to do. Still there are many kennels and catteries out there so how do you choose? Let’s ask an expert! Sonya Kochhar Apicella has nearly a decade of experience running Canine Elite boarding facility, one of the most popular and revered kennels in India. Spacious, Clean and Hospitable Accommodation She says “A personal visit to the kennel is essential”, she says. “Look for a hygienic, spacious accommodation equipped with heating for winter and air-conditioning for summer. Th e rooms should be made from tiles or similar materials which are easy to clean and disinfect. A low platform should be available to place your pets bedding and keep them off of the fl oor.
Be sure the boarding facility has large enough kennels so that your pet can easily turn around and walk a few steps. It should be high enough so that they don’t hit their head when they stand on their high legs. If you have more than one dog be sure that they have space that can accommodate two dogs from the same home.” Exercise and Fun “When choosing a pet boarding facility, make sure it has plenty of opportunities for exercise”, says Sonya.
“There should be a designated area for walking and exercising and enough trained staff dedicated to ensure all animals get the amount of exercise – which can vary widely by breed – that each border requires.” At Canine Elite there is one indoor play area and two outdoor play areas, one that includes an obstacle course if your pet is up for it! Each pet guest has a dedicated attendant to take him for regular walks. If you can take a cooling dip in a pool when you are on holiday, then why shouldn’t your pooch have the same opportunity? Some facilities now have pools for pets. At Canine Elite, guests can enjoy doggy-paddling and splashing in the swimming pool, or chasing balls across the water! A puppy pool is also available dedicated to the new swimmers.
Vaccinations “All responsible kennels will have strict rules about vaccinations,” continues Sonya. “If they do not, you put your pet at risk of getting sick – or worse. Do not board your pet with a facility that does not follow vaccination guidelines.
” For example, Canine Elite requires proof of current vaccination records for dogs for the following conditions – rabies, Bordetella
Some animal experts advise that you should not over feed your pet before taking him to the kennel. The extra food is not required and could cause an upset stomach (kennel cough) and DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfl uenza, and parvovirus).
Special Needs Does your dog or cat have special needs? Does your dog follow a special diet? Older animals and those with medical problems should be given extra attention to ensure they get their medication at the right time and are monitored regularly by the kennel veterinarian. “One very important thing to ask,” advises Sonya, “make sure to ask if there is a veterinarian available around the clock.” Spa Services Th ese days, holidays for humans oft en involve a make-over and pampering in a spa. Why not choose a facility that off ers similar services to your pet? At Canine Elite, canines and felines can enjoy top quality grooming services such as combouts for tangled fur, cuts and trims in diff erent styles, nail clipping, and relaxing baths and massages.
Pet Transport and Pick-up Some pet boarding establishments provide “pet taxi services” and, depending on circumstances, this may be helpful for you at the beginning and end of your holiday. You can enquire if this facility is available when making your booking. In addition to its pet taxi services, Canine Elite even off ers chartered planes for pets and pet owners! Pet-friendly Accommodation for Humans at Canine Elite In some circumstances pet parents may wish to stay in Delhi with their pets and Canine Elite makes this possible. Th e resort has a pet-friendly guest house known as Th e Residency, which is located in the upscale Vasant Kunj locality and has 10 bedrooms, a spacious garden and a fully equipped kitchen.
Preparing for Boarding Sonya has some useful suggestions on how to prepare for boarding your pet. “Do make your reservation early, especially at peak vacation periods as rooms go quickly”, she says. “When making your booking, check to be sure which vaccinations are required and that your records are up to date, what items you need to provide when checking your pet in, if they provide meals, and which vet they use in an emergency”, she adds. Some animal experts advise that you should not overfeed your pet before taking him to the kennel.
The extra food is not required and could cause an upset stomach. Also, because pets are highly sensitive, do not allow any family member to stage an emotional “goodbye” because this might induce unnecessary anxiety in your pet. Finally When choosing a boarding facility, you might like to consider whether the establishment carries out work in the wider community, in animal welfare for example. Such facilities do important work and as you are an animal lover, they are well worth supporting with your custom. Besides running one of the eminent canine boarding facilities in India, Sonya and her team at Canine Elite have been very active in providing help for the street dogs of Delhi.
Canine Elite’s NGO – the Indian Canine Uplift ment Centre (ICUC) – encourages dog lovers to adopt or foster homeless or abandoned dogs, and to sponsor boarding, meals, medicines, surgery, post-op care, and vaccinations for animals waiting for adoption. Th e organization also arranges educational trips for kids to spread awareness about the condition of street animals in Delhi and its sister cities, encouraging sensitivity towards homeless canines and the importance of adopting animals instead of buying. We hope this article has given you some useful hints and tips about selecting a place for your pet to stay while you are away. Having chosen the right resort, you and your family can enjoy your well-deserved vacation to the fullest, knowing that your beloved cat or dog is in capable hands.
“Sonya Kochhar Apicella is the Founder and Owner of Canine Elite, a Pet Boarding, Grooming and Training Facility”
Canine Elite Delhi Provides Vet Service in Delhi and keeps in contact with most of the vet clinics and hospitals in Delhi. Vet Service is very important for a Dog Boarding Kennel, Pet Day Care etc Vet service Delhi is available 24 hours at Canine Elite in case of an emergency or just for a check-up. Canine Elite ensures that all pets are healthy and happy while they stay at Canine Elite and Pet taxi available to pick up and drop off pets from Vet clinic for surgeries and post-surgery. Veterinarians keep visiting Canine Elite to help us keep all pets safe and healthy.
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Canine Elite in Delhi provides one of the most spacious, clean and pet friendly Dog Boarding Kennel Delhi and NCR. Life made comfortable for pet parents and for your Pets while you are away travelling, your pet can stay overnight at Canine Elite for the durations you are away, which can vary from a night stay to week or even a month as required. Dog Boarding Kennel Delhiat Canine Elite provides spacious ventilated Kennel rooms for your Pet; we have few categories of room – small, medium and large rooms. Where the small rooms are only for smaller and miniature breeds the other rooms can accommodate all sizes.
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