Let me start by telling you, that a traveling lifestyle while owning a dog… Is possible!
However, traveling is not for all dogs, and some might feel happier when left at their comfy home. Now, this blog post will give you top-notch tips for traveling with your dog, and what things to consider before you even start planning or booking your next or first big trip with your best friend!
Before traveling with your best friend!
- Breed matters and size too.
Be aware that some breeds are restricted by some airlines, hotels and even countries.
These restrictions might not only apply to big dogs, but also to small ones and in some cases these even apply to the amount of dogs you’re travelling with. This means, that it is highly important you investigate and carefully select in advance the country you’re travelling to, the airline you’re booking your ticket with and the hotel you would be staying in.
- Be a good boy.
Some say that it is difficult to teach old dogs new tricks. That’s why we recommend you start traveling when your dog is a puppy so this becomes a normal lifestyle to him, and hopefully learn to love it as much as you do.
- Practice makes perfect.
It doesn’t matter if your dog is not a puppy anymore, take him for his or her first trip ever so you can start to train him or she. For example: try a local day road trip or a trip to a friend’s house, this training will be very helpful if you want your dog to become a traveler just like you.
- Don’t forget crate training.
It is very, very important that your dog loves his or her crate, whether you use it at home, car rides or flights. This should be your dog’s safe nest and where he also feels comfortable and happy.
- Early planning will save the day.
Destination totally matters, since some countries can have very difficult animal importing rules or even age restrictions. When travelling out of the country, don’t just check the animal import laws of the country you’re going to- but also back at your own. And if you have any layovers, planning on driving through some regions – don’t forget those either.
- Up to date health check.
It is always a good idea to check with your dog’s vet before travelling. You should consider that vaccinations must be up to date and that there are certain vaccination requirements when you import your dog to certain countries, and this might also have very specific time restrictions.
- Safety first.
Collar, Name tag and Leash. These are all basics that you most likely have squared away from the beginning. Consider also to microchip your dog in case he or she gets lost and keep it up to date with your current location and cell phone number so you can be easily reached.