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Traveling with Your Dog by Car and Plane

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It’s time for vacation, and you are wondering, “should my dog be included in the trip or not?” Traveling with your canine friend can be a lot of fun if you know how to go about it. Do you think that your dog deserves the excitement of the trip? You can travel with your dog by plane or by car.

Traveling by plane is quite tricky because some airlines don’t consider your dog as part of the family as you do; sadly, they instead view them as a piece of cargo. The cargo bay in a plane is not a good place for your furry friend; however, this doesn’t mean that you can’t travel with your dog by plane anymore. Some airlines permit you to bring your little dog on the plane with you only if your dog is small in size and if the carrier he is in can fit on the floor by your feet.

Another way to travel with your pet is by car, especially if you own the vehicle. Your dog may already be comfortable going by car for errands or to a dog park, so it would be relatively easy to take him on a trip by car because he may find the experience enjoyable.

When traveling with your dog by plane or car, make sure you properly plan out the trip. You will have to schedule lots of rest stops if you are traveling by car: there should a stop every three to five hours so that your dog can stretch his legs, relieve himself, have some water, and maybe get something to eat. Also, make sure you have researched vets close to any area you might be stopping, in case your dog needs special attention. 

There are some essential items to pack for your dog. These items include:

  • a leash,
  • treats,
  • waste bags,
  • a dog crate,
  • a couple of his favorite toys,
  • water,
  • food and water dishes,
  • a blanket for him to lay on,
  • and your dog’s medical records.

Make sure you research hotels that are pet-friendly. Pet-friendly doesn’t only mean that the hotel accepts pets; it means ensuring that it provides the right environment for your dog, including easy access to an area for relieving himself and for exercise.

It’s essential to plan your holidays for your pet and prepare for anything that might come up. You have to prepare for emergencies, even when you are traveling with your furry friend. Proper planning will reduce your stress and make your trip much more enjoyable.

Tips For Travelling With Your Dog

Cute pomeranian dog in a travel carrier on a plane
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If you are taking your dog, think carefully about the transportation that you intend to use. Look out for any restricting rules and regulations in that area.

  1. Get your dog accustomed to traveling from an early age, if possible. Start with short trips. If your pet gets motion-sick, you’ll need to shorten the distance and get out along the way to have a walk or play a game. Several training trips of this type will soon solve the problem.
  2. If the trip you intend to take is long, then stop frequently and allow your dog to get out and run around. Heatstroke is a significant problem in dogs, so don’t leave your dog alone in a car, especially in hot weather.
  3. Be sure to allocate an area of the car that is your dog’s and his alone. This pet space is the only area where all journeys begin and end. Dog harnesses that allow your pet to lie down are available, which will give your dog the same sort of protection that you and the rest of the family get from seat belts.
  4. Consider using a dog travel crate, too; not only are they very convenient, but they’re also safe and easily removed. They come in all sizes to fit all breeds, ensuring that your dog can sit, stand, or lay flat out. Most crated dogs will lie down during the journey and sleep most of the trip.

If you’re going to travel with your pet using public transport, consider these 5 points.

  1. Do consider getting your dog microchipped. There is no doubt that it could save you from any possible confusion, or even any heartache, later.
  2. Trains are usually dog-friendly, but take your pet for a short train trip before embarking on a longer one, to make sure.
  3. There are rules for pets on planes, and they change frequently. So make sure that you’re aware of the most up-to-date regulations before you book your flight.
  4. Most countries will need some documentation before you are allowed to enter, so make sure that you know what’s required, including any current vaccinations. Also, check any local rules and regulations that might apply to your pet.
  5. Some airlines will allow your dog to accompany you throughout the flight. Others will require them to be crated and placed in the plane’s luggage compartment. If you or your pet can’t bear apart from each other, look for alternative flights or travel arrangements.

With a little bit of planning, your traveling with your dog will be a pleasant and safe journey for both of you.

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