How to Travel Safely With Your Dog

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Are you a spontaneous traveler? You know, a “throw some things into a suit case and hit the road” kind of person? Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure. But wait, you can’t leave Buster home alone for the next week. Just throw his leash and a bag of food in the car, and you’re good to go. Well, not so fast. Before you travel with your dog, you should check out the tips below.

Tips to make travel safe for your dog-

Traveling by Car

  • Take your dog on short trips (more frequently as your trip approaches) so they get used to being in the car.
  • Make sure your dog has good air flow, especially if they’re in their crate. Crack the windows or face them toward the air conditioning.
  • Being car sick is awful. To avoid your dog getting ill, don’t travel with them on a full stomach.
  • Never travel with your dog in the trunk of the car. This can put them at risk of danger. Consider a doggy car seat, or finding another solution to secure them.
  • Dogs need potty breaks, too. Every time you go, they go.
  • They also need plenty of exercise before the ride. Take them for a long walk to tire them out. When you make stops, take them out of the car to stretch and walk a little.
  • Never leave your dog unattended in the car. They can get overheated in the summer time, or even worse, get dognapped.

Traveling by Plane

  • Organize copies of your dog’s health records. They are required for each airline.
  • Make arrangements in advance with your airline before traveling with your dog. Each airline has its own rules when it comes to traveling dogs. Make sure to check them out.
  • Large dogs must be in an airline-approved crate when they are transported in cargo. Small dogs are to be in a cabin-approved pet carrier and placed under the seat in front of you.

Hotels

  • There are a lot of nice hotels that allow dogs such as: Four Seasons, La Quinta, Best Western, Fairmont to name a few. For a complete list, click here.
  • Always get a confirmation with the hotel before bringing your dog.
  • Respect other guests and hotel members while your dog is present.
  • Avoid leaving your dog in the room alone for too long. They may disturb other guests if they bark a lot.
  • Come prepared with extra doggy bags to pick his business.

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