If you've ever traveled with a dog, you know how stressful it can be. Whether you're just running down to the pet store or traveling across the country to visit your family, there are a number of things that you can do to make the journey easier. In my opinion, the best way to travel with a dog is by car.
This article will share tips and tricks for traveling with dogs in cars, planes, trains or any other method of transportation. I think that car travel is the best because it's easiest and it's the most comfortable for your dog.
Your dog may have to be separated from you while flying or traveling by bus or train. At the very least he will need to be confined to a kennel or travel bag. While he should be restrained in the car, he'll be with you. That will make you both feel more comfortable.
Best Way To Travel with A Dog
Traveling with dogs isn't always easy, even if your pup likes to ride in a car or doesn't mind a plane flight. You need to be prepared for the trip. Think about the trip, make the necessary arrangements and gather the supplies you'll need in advance.
At the very least, you should bring the following supplies with you while traveling with your dog:
- Food, treats and water
- Dog toys
- Airline-approved carrier (if needed)
- Harness, collar and leash
- Travel-friendly crate (if needed)
- Dog car seat or seat belt (if needed)
Of course, the supplies you'll need will depend on the type of transportation you'll be using and where you are traveling to. If you're just taking a short day trip, you won't need to pack much. However, if you'll be spending a week camping with your dog your packing list will be much longer.
You'll also need to make sure that your dog is healthy and physically ready to make the trip. This is especially important if you'll be flying with your pet. If you have concerns about your dog's health, call your veterinarian and ask for their advice. Depending on where you're going, you may need to get your pet updated on vaccines before leaving home.
You should also bring along a pet first aid kit and be prepared for any medical needs that may arise. Make sure that your dog has updated ID tags and/or an up-to-date microchip. You should also have the contact information for an emergency veterinarian in the area where you will be traveling. Bring a list of your dog's medications or any important health information that an emergency vet may need to know.
Tips for traveling with a dog
If you're looking for tips on specific forms of travel, these resources may help answer your questions:
- Flying with A Dog – Short Dog Travel Guide for Pet Parents
- Are Dogs Allowed In Airports? And Tips for Air Travel
- Tips for Traveling with Your Dog
- Dog Car Anxiety – 5 Ways To Solve It
Allow for extra time when traveling with your dog. Everything is going to take longer. If you're traveling in the car, you'll need to stop every hour or so for bathroom breaks. Checking in for a plane or bus trip will take longer if you're bring your dog along. It will also take longer to get yourself and your dog settled when riding on public transportation.
It is best to plan ahead and see what hotels and restaurants are pet friendly (and there are many in the US). You should have your lodging already planned and reservations made before you leave for your adventure. While there are some that don’t allow dogs at all, most places will make arrangements.
Be clear on what the rules are if you're traveling by plane, train or bus. You'll also need to know the rules of any hotels you may be staying at. It will be embarrassing and very inconvenient if you don't know the rules in advance.
Unless you don’t mind going through the drive thru all the time, it is best to plan places to eat as well. It is always best to plan your vacay and locate rest stops and eating places that are pet friendly. With the growing number of extreme dog lovers, these establishments are located in virtually every city in the world. Most restaurants, hotels and resorts will always accept dog owners.
Finally, be sure that you are always respectful when traveling with your dog. Clean up after your dog if he uses the bathroom in a public area. Make sure your dog stays quiet when you're in a public space or staying in a hotel.
I know it's difficult to believe, but some people do not like dogs. You may even encounter people that are scared of dogs. Always keep your dog on a leash and be respectful of the other people around you.
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