5 Tips For Traveling With Your Dog
Can’t stand to leave your loyal buddy behind when you travel? Then don’t! Bring your pal with you no matter where you roam. Make your adventures that much more fun with these five tips to keep you and your pooch safe, happy, and healthy while the good times roll.
- Before you jet away- talk to your Vet. Before your trip it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your veterinarian. You’re furry friend is going to need a check up and you’ll want to make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date. Your vet can then provide you with a health certificate declaring them free and clear to travel, but make sure it’s dated no earlier than 10 days before you’re departure. If you don’t already have a copy, it’s also a good idea to travel with your dog’s rabies vaccination record. This is also a good chance to talk to your vet about ways to keep your puppy calm and relaxed during the trip- particularly if you’re planning to fly.
- Get the right gear! Whether you’re taking to the skies or hitting the road- you and your pooch are going to need the right travel gear. If you’re flying a good crate is a must! Make sure you choose one that is USDA-approved and is large enough for your dog to stand, sit, and turn around in with no difficulty. Crating can also be a good option if you’re planning to travel by car, either way, make sure the bottom is lined with something soft to keep them comfortable for the journey. If you decide not to use a crate in the car, make sure to get a good harness to secure your pet to a designated seat- this makes driving safer and will protect both of you in the event of an accident. And remember- NEVER leave your dog alone in the car. No matter what, make sure you have a travel kit ready for your pet with important items such as food, bowls, waste bags, grooming items, medication, a leash, and a favorite toy.
- Dress your dog for the occasion. A good sturdy leash and collar can go a long way toward making your trip together safer. Get something that fits snugly and won’t slip off of their head. Check your doggy’s identification tags and make sure it’s up-to-date and includes:
- Your pet’s name
- You name
- Your home phone number
- Their rabies tag
- Their microchip tag (if they have one)
This is also a good time to make sure your buddy has all of their microchip information updated. You can contact your microchip company and double check the information they have on file. If your dog doesn’t have a permanent form of identification like a microchip this might be a good time to think about getting one. You can check out companies such as HomeAgain, which can make your pet part of a nationwide network in the event that they are ever lost.
- Practice makes perfect. Long road trips can be stressful for anyone- especially if they’re not used to long car rides – even dogs. If your dog isn’t used to being in the car for long stretches of time, a little practice can go a long way. Start with short rides around the block and gradually make your practice sessions longer to ease them into it.
- Be good neighbors. Once you get to your destination don’t forget to be good neighbors. Keep your pet well exercised, so pent up energy doesn’t cause them to become over excited, too loud, or destructive. Always clean up after your pet indoors and out. It’s also important to keep in mind that some of your fellow guests might be uneasy around dogs, so make sure to give people a wide birth if they need it. If you’re in need of pet-friendly dining options you can look up restaurants that allows dogs in their outdoor dining areas on websites such as: BringFido.