Traveling With Your Dog – How Is It Done?

travelling with dog

travelling with dogAs any dog lover knows it’s a hard thing to leave your furry friend behind when you have to go away. For one, on an emotional level, it’s difficult to say goodbye knowing how much you’ll miss each other for however long it is you will be apart.

This is especially poignant knowing that your little (or large, depending on breed) friend won’t understand what is happening or understand the reasons why.

On a practical level it is also often really hard to find what you’re looking for in terms of a good, safe and caring dog sitter.

In this scattered time, families are more often than not separated by if not thousands, quite possibly at least hundreds of miles, which means that for many dog owners asking a trusted family member to take care of your beloved pet is not an option.

Going through the rigmarole of searching through various different dog kennels can also often prove a very challenging task.

They can prove to be expensive, are often be booked up months in advance and most importantly – you want to be 100% sure that your precious pooch is safe and will be treated with the kindness and care they deserve whilst you’re away.

When there is no other choice then these are challenges which you will have to overcome, but what if there was another way?

What if you could take your little barking buddy with you?

In this day and age, as long as you are prepared, have done your research and made all the right arrangements, then in most cases there is no reason why you can’t take your dog with you!

To take the sting and stress out of traveling with your dog there are several key things to consider.

Some of these might seem obvious, others not so much, but all could prove to be important when journeying in unknown places with your four legged fur baby.

An essential start is to make sure that your dog is wearing a good, secure, collar which has your current contact details attached to it and that they wear it at all times!

Another essential, especially since the law came into place in the UK (on the 6 April 2016) stating that – all responsible dog owners must have their dogs micro chipped – is that you do indeed have your dog micro chipped.

It is also advisable to put your pooch through some form of basic training, so that you and your pet are better equip to deal with stressful situations together.

Then there are the obvious benefits gained from proper planning, and not only of the actual activities and ‘fun things’ which you’d like to do with your pet.

More pressingly the research and planning of proper transportation, including all the rules and regulations and, of course, of what kind of accommodation you and your pet will be staying in.

The Journey

  • Air Travel:

For small dog owners this is a much easier thing to arrange, as there are various airlines which will allow you to bring your dog with you into the cabin, as long as they fit in a carrier small enough to fit under the seat in front of you.

This is obviously a much more advisable way to do it as it will mean a lot less stress for your dog.

Unfortunately this is not an option for larger dogs, which would be forced to travel with the cargo, which is at least unpleasant, even for very relaxed dogs.

It is still an option, it’s just not really something which anyone would advise, and is more something which should be kept for one off essential flights, like for example when you are moving to another country.

Car Travel

Easily the best way to travel with your dog, as this allows your pet to be with you at all times and also enables you to maintain some of the comfort gained from the familiarity of an already known form of travel.

If you do decide on this option then you will have to factor in regular stops, so that your furry friend can have a drink, stretch their legs and do their business if they need to.

It is also advisable to have a list of veterinary clinics along the way which you can use in the event your dog becomes overly stressed or ill on the journey.

Things to remember:

  • A lead
  • A dog specific seat belt or carrier
  • Plenty of fresh water and a decent sized bowl
  • Some treats or a favourite dog toy
  • Waste bags
  • Their medical records and any medication they need

Accommodation

Some hotels will not only allow your pet to stay but they will welcome them, whereas others will either not allow them in the first place or will only tolerate them.

Make sure you plan this in and book ahead to avoid any issues in this area.

Once you’ve considered and covered these things you and your dog can potentially have a very pleasant journey together!