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Traveling With A Toy Fox Terrier

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One of the many benefits of having a small or toy breed of dog is that they are easy to travel with either by vehicle, train or plane. The key to traveling with a Toy Fox Terrier is to get them used to being in a vehicle at an early age and to make sure their first few trips are pleasant and rewarding for the dog or puppy. Unfortunately many puppies or dog's first trips in the car are to the vets, which is not a positive experience. Rather than let this happen start by taking your puppy in the car or vehicle to a park, to the beach or to the country where they can have some time to get out and run and enjoy themselves. You can also provide treats when the dog or puppy gets out of the car, just to let them know that they did a good job.

Safety in the vehicle is really important with any dog, but with tiny little toy dogs that can squeeze out of small space in an open car door or window it is particularly important. All dogs should be restrained in the car or vehicle with the use of some type of safety harness that acts like a seatbelt. These seatbelt harnesses work great for medium to large sized dogs but are very ineffective for toy breeds. For the tiny Toy Fox Terrier a better option is crate training the dog and actually belting the crate into the car seatbelt. There are attachments for the seatbelt sold at pet stores or online that secure the crate to the seatbelt easily and correctly. Add a soft blanket or pillow and a few toys and your Toy Fox Terrier is ready to go whenever you want to take them in the car.

When traveling for longer distances keep in mind that the dog needs time to get out and stretch, have a drink of water and go to the bathroom. Stopping every hour or two for a short five to ten minute walk and quick drink of water is a great idea for both the riders and the dog, plus it will make riding in the vehicle a lot more pleasant. Always bring your own bottled water or water from home for your Toy Fox Terrier, don't let them drink out of ditches or puddles, there are many different types of bacteria that they can pick up that can cause minor to major digestive problems.

Whenever you are traveling with your Toy Fox Terrier be sure to check that all of his or her vaccinations are up to date as well as find out from your vet if you need to vaccinate for something specific to the area you are traveling. In addition be sure the dog has been treated for fleas and ticks if you are staying in motels or hotels or are taking your dog to anyone else's home, even if they don't have pets. Preventing any problems or possible problems ahead of time will make your travels with your dog fun for you both.


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