One of the biggest struggles for dog owners is leaving their dog behind when they go on vacations or trips. But you don’t always have to! Traveling with your four-legged friend can super fun, and relatively easy, if you take the right steps. Planning and preparing just a few simple things can make your trip with you pup go much more smoothly. Here are some tips for traveling with your dog!
Traveling by Car
Here are some dos and don’ts of traveling in a car!
Try taking your dog for a test ride before you actually go on your trip. This will help them get adjusted to the feeling.
Stop often for potty breaks.
Keep fresh air flow in the car and keep it well ventilated.
Have your dog travel on an empty stomach, but be sure they have water.
Let your dog stick their head out the window.
Have your dog ride in the back of a truck. This is very dangerous!
Allow your children to annoy your dog.
Leave your dog in an unattended, closed vehicle.
Traveling by Plane
If your headed to your destination via plane you should…
Check out your airline for their rules on pets and how to arrange the travel of your dog.
Have your dog’s health certifications and proof of vaccinations ready to supply to the airline.
Purchase an airline-approved crate for your dog to travel in.
Picking a Crate
Whether you’re traveling by plane, which requires a crate/carrier, or your traveling by car, picking out a crate is important. Here are some tips.
Choose a crate large enough for your dog to stand, turn, and lie down.
Make sure it has a leak-proof bottom covered with absorbent material.
Ventilation should be on opposing sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow.
Add your name, address and phone number, as well as a “Live Animal” label with upright arrows.
Put a comfortable mat, your dog’s favorite toy, and a water bottle in the crate.
Always have a collar on your dog with their identification tags and your contact information.
Bring a picture of your dog in case they do some how get away from you.
Bring your dogs regular food and a supply of local water so they are used to what their eating and drinking.
Follow these tips and your travels should go smoothly!