If you have plan for a trip and you want to include your dog in that trip, you need to know a few things about how to travel with a dog.
Bringing your dog can mean loads of fun when all the arrangements are made, but it can also mean a complete disaster and a ruined vacation if you do not plan it carefully.
So here are some tips to help you enjoy your trip.
How to travel with a dog
Health and safety – you should get your dog checked by the vet before going on a long trip, making sure he is vaccinated and his health certificate is in order; also, if you travel a long distance, make sure you have some water supplies and its regular food.
Crates – one of the best ways to keep a dog safe, whether in the car, bus or plane, it to use a crate.
This should keep it from getting into any trouble, and it will save you the worries of constantly watching him.
You can probably find one at most pet supply stores. Some of the features you might want to look for are:
- It needs to be large enough for your dog to lie down, turn, or stand
- It should be strong, with grips and handles, with no interior protrusions
- The bottom should be leak proof, maybe covered with some absorbent material
- It should also have ventilation on both opposing sides, preventing blocked airflow
- A “live animal” label, where you could write your name, address and phone number
- You should put a comfortable mat inside, a water bottle and dog’s favorite toy
Other things you need to consider about how to travel with a dog are the means of transportation.
If you travel by car:
- Get the dog used with the car, taking him for a couple of rides
- Let it travel with his stomach empty in order to avoid car sickness
- Make sure the car is well ventilated
- Don’t let the dog stick his head out the window
- Stop frequently for potty breaks and exercise
- Never let the dog unattended inside the vehicle
If you travel by plane:
- Check with the airline company for information, and do all arrangements in advance for how to travel with a dog.
- You should know that airlines require proof of vaccination and health certifications
- Some airlines don’t agree to transporting pets if it is very cold or hot
- All dogs need to be transported in and airline approved crate; small dogs can be allowed to be placed under your seat, but in a carrier or crate
If you travel by bus, train or boat:
- You might be disappointed, because most trains and buses do not allow traveling with dogs, unless they are service dogs.
- However, if you take a cruise you have more chances to be allowed to take your dog with you; of course, you need to check their company’s policies before making any plans.
Lodging – this is one of the final things you need to think of. You should check in advance the policies and regulations of the place where you will stay, in order to make sure that taking your dog with you won’t be a problem.
Those are basically most of the information you need to know about how to travel with a dog. Make sure you’ve got everything covered and enjoy your trip.