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Old 12-27-2013, 10:51 AM
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Hello All

I'm new to the forum so would just like to introduce myself. I've always wanted a dog but work/life balance did not allow this.

Now I have sold my house, paid off my debts and left the rat-race. I'm planning to travel Europe in a campervan from June/July 2014 partly for pleasure and partly to get involved in events being staged to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

It's 6-7 months away yet but I want to choose the right dog for this. After picking a suitable breed I then want to learn everything about looking after the dog on the road.

I love Border Collies, would this be a suitable breed?

I will obviously read all this forum for tips but just wanted to introduce myself.

Dog issues while on the road:

Passport? Diet, Grooming, Training etc. What to do if i'm stuck in the middle of nowhere and the dog gets poorly? Insurance?

I would like to meet my new friend ASAP as I want him/her to 'help' me get the van ready and make it as comfortable as possible for my new mate. :-) This will not only help me get to know the dog but give me time to get him/her 100% in good health and ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Should I buy a puppy? Will 7 months be long enough to prepare it for travelling? or maybe a rescue dog that is partly trained?

Any advice greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-27-2013, 04:22 PM
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A BC might find all that riding in a camper boring. Most BCs like to have a job and can be quite determined to find one of their own making if not provided with an outlet for their intelligent brand of energy. If it were me, I'd get a puppy. I'd spend every moment possible socializing the pup to everything imaginable. Different people, other dogs, other puppies, sights and sounds of the road, loud noises and the list is as long as your imagination. I can't imagine anything worse than a road trip with an un-socialized, fearful pup.

Have a secure crate for the dog. There may be times you can't take the dog somewhere and a crate will provide safety and security.

A collar or harness that fits properly with ID (phone number on the ID) and one or two extras. A microchip too.

At least three leads. One 4', one 6' and one 30'. Teach the dog to go to the bathroom while on lead as not every dog will unless they're accustomed to it.

Carry any vaccination certificates with you and health records. I don't know anything about rules or laws concerning dogs in Europe but it might be a good idea to research dog laws in the countries you'll be visiting.

A good first aid kit. One for you will probably be sufficient for the dog with a few added items. A soft muzzle in case of severe injury. Some dogs bite when in pain. Ask your vet (you will have a vet before you leave, of course) for some advice on what you might want to carry in the way of over the counter meds. Don't give your dog human meds without veterinary advice.

Suitable long lasting chew items. Antlers, Kongs, Nylaybones, etc.

You will want to teach the dog/pup a solid recall. This will be the most important thing you teach to a dog you plan to travel with.

Being a first time dog owner, this will be a learning curve for you. I think it could be a wonderful adventure for both of you. Use common sense and don't assume a dog understands what the big plan is in this adventure. You've got to be on your toes and ready to adjust if necessary. Do you have a contingency plan if by some chance things are going terrible?

Ask the vet you'll see when you get your new dog for advice about on the road medical emergencies. If you have an itinerary, he or she may be able to help with some suggestions.

Others will be along with more advice. These were some I thought of off the top of my head. I'm sure I forgot some important stuff.
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Some info on socializing.

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If you're traveling around the UK I would recommend researching which breeds are banned and in which countries they are banned. I would avoid any breed on the banned list.

I would look for a young sociable, happy go lucky kind of dog. If the dog is going to spend a lot of time running/walking I wouldn't get young puppy as they need to have their growth plates closed before strenuous activity begins. A rescue dog could be the perfect companion for you.
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I might suggest that you go through a rescue agency that fosters shelter dogs for a period of time before placing them in homes. A good agency would make sure that you're getting a well-socialized dog which can adapt itself well to your lifestyle.

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@Grabby @SusanLynn @ZoesMom

Thank you so much. Blown away by the fast and detailed response.

Loads of points you raised that I hadn't even thought about, like other animals. I will, fingers crossed be gone for 4 years. The war was 28/7/1914 - 11/11/1918 so those dates 100 years on but I will need to return to base (UK) at various points. I will be staying at farms, in small villages and in an emergency a campsite or just on the side of the road in the van.

Medically I will do everything I can before and during the trip, no matter the cost, but accidents and emergencies, phew, dog first aid course?

I have a LOT to think about so for now I'll just get the van and start working on that. Less emotional. Plus I presume a lot of dogs will be given to the RSPCA soon as unwanted Christmas 'gifts' *sad face*

OK, I'll keep checking in and reading the forums. This is bigger than I thought.

Kind regards
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The rules regarding EU pet passport is relatively just google it. Unfortunately Breed Specific legislation might be a problem. Personally I had to regretfully decide not to adopt a staffie because there is legal ambiguity about them especially with a rescue where you can't prove that it isn't a pit bull. I know in Germany BSL is strict.
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