Traveling With Your Dog

While planning a trip, do you consider taking your dog along? Traveling with your dog can be loads of fun if you plan all the right arrangements. However, poor planning can really ruin the vacation for everyone. Once you have decided that your best friend should be part of your trip, let the planning begin.

Keep an up-to-date identification collar on your dog at all times. For extra security, a microchip may also be considered. Ensure your dog is trained so that he will be well-behaved during the trip. Only then plan the transportation, accommodations and daily activities.

How to Travel

Not that flying is not an option, just not ideal. Canines are usually considered cargo by airlines. The cargo hold does not make for a pleasant travel experience, even for docile dogs. Some airlines might allow you to bring your small pet dog in a carrier if it can fit under the seat in front of you. Inquire about the details of air travel with dogs before you book a flight.

Usually the best way to travel with dogs is by an automobile. There’s a good chance that your dog has ridden in a vehicle for trips to the vets, the park and so on. Still some dogs express anxiety over riding in cars. If your dog does not adjust well to car travel, then a road trip is not a good option. If you must take your dog for a long car ride, anti-anxiety medications can make the trip easier on everyone. Remember, medications should be used sparingly under your vet’s guidance.

Plan for stops every 3-5 hours to allow your dog to drink water, relieve himself and stretch his legs (depending on your dog’s needs). Plot rest stops along the way and make a list of several veterinary hospitals that are easily accessible on your route.

Staying at a Hotel

A pet-friendly hotel more than just allows pets – it welcomes them. And Inns and B&Bs are typically not equipped for dogs. Do your research about pet-friendly hotels and look for a dog-friendly location before you decide. Ask about amenities available for your dog, and be sure to find out the cost involved. Many hotels charge a non-refundable pet deposit upon arrival, a daily pet fee and some even special cleaning fees.

Going Camping

 Many state and national parks do not allow dogs. Before you decide to bring your dog, make sure the campground you are considering actually allows dogs. Camping out with your canine companion can be the perfect way to spend time together while communing with nature.

Plan for Emergencies

 Emergencies can happen while traveling with your dog. Advance planning can make these emergencies less stressful. Make a list of veterinary hospitals near where you will be staying, and along your route. That list just might help save your dog’s life.

Before you start on your trip, make sure you have not forgotten anything. You’re all set – be safe and enjoy your trip!