Most dogs love to go on an adventure, and traveling with you makes it even more fun for everyone! It is in their nature to explore new places and meet new people. However, traveling with your dog can often be difficult. There is the problem of housing and transportation, but even once you get past that issue others arise.
Many people feel that taking their dog with them is just too much of a hassle. This article is about convincing you otherwise, however if you just feel it would be easier to travel without your dog you should consider using a kennel or pet handler services while you are away. Hiring the services of a professional pet handler to care for your dog is often the best choice, but is also more costly than a kennel. Should you choose to go with a kennel do some research first to find one that is clean and comfortable, and is run by people who truly care about the animals in the kennel. Some kennels will even allow you to bring extras like your dog's bed, a toy or two, and his or her own food. Whichever route you take, you will need to ensure your dog is current on all shots and immunizations, this is required for any kennel admission.
If you decide that you and your best friend will stay together and travel together, then here are 10 tips to make your journey safer and easier:
- Purchase a good, solid carrier. Don't even consider traveling without one. If you are flying, many airlines will offer to sell you one of theirs but they can be very costly.When making your reservations, check to see what the airlines policies are on pets. Some airlines require the dog to be in the luggage compartment, while others will allow you to keep the dog with you. Know this before you pay for your ticket.
- Never, ever leave your dog in a hot car, even if you roll the windows down. A car in the sun can reach temperatures of near 200 degrees causing heat stroke and even death to pets left in them. A recent experiement showed that a car in the sun at 81 degrees quickly rose to over 140 degrees inside the car.
- Always use a leash and remain with your pet at all times. Dogs are very curious and in new places may try to run off and explore.
- Never leave your dog unattended in his or her carrier. The theft or kidnapping of your dog is a very real possibility.
- Before leaving your house, be sure that your dog has clear and effective identification. Be sure that the identification provides a way to get a hold of you while you are still away from home.
- Don't forget to bring your dog's food, toys, and other essentials to keep them happy. Bring bottled water as well.
- Acquire a certification from your vet that shows your dog is current on all immunizations.
- Have a doggy first aid kit for the trip.
- Ensure your dog has the chance to potty every few hours. When in unfamiliar places your dog's regular potty schedule will be interrupted and you don't want any embarrassing issues. If traveling to a theme park, check with employees about places setup for your dog to potty. Most will have areas around the park for you to use.
And here 2 bonus tips for traveling abroad:
- Contact the embassy ahead of time to find out what specific rules the country may have regarding pets.
- Often times you will be required to provide various certifications from the embassy or consulate. Get this ahead of time just to be safe.
Now that you know how to have a safe and fun trip with your best friend, you can plan that next vacation without worry!