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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling With Your Dog

Everything there is to know about traveling with your dog. From the basics of pet travel, how and w…
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You and your dog have had a lot of great adventures together. You’ve been on long walks, gone to the park, and taken lots of trips. Your dog has always been by your side through all of it- and now you’re taking him with you on an adventure that he’s never experienced before a trip! There are many considerations to make when travelling with your pup for the first time. In this blog post we’ll discuss how to get ready for the trip (what items should be packed? what vaccinations does he need?), how to keep them safe during travel (where do they sit in the car?), and more! We hope these tips will help you take care of one member of your family while out exploring another!

1. Where to stay

– Many hotels and B&Bs will allow dogs, but it’s always best to call ahead. If you’re staying in someone’s house or apartment that isn’t pet friendly, ask if they have a yard where your pup can go potty!

– If you’re staying in a camper or RV, that’s easy! There are plenty of campgrounds with onsite dog runs and walking trails.

– If you’re planning on staying in a cabin, ask if your dog is allowed and what the rules are. Most cabins don’t allow dogs inside so it may be best to leave them at home with someone else while you go out exploring!

– If you’re staying with family or friends, make sure they’ll be able to take your pup out for exercise and playtime. It’s not fair if you have a dog at home that gets walked twice daily but only goes outside every couple of weeks on this trip!

2. What to pack

– Make sure your pup’s collar and tags reflect their new address!

– Bring a leash, harness, or other training tools if you use them at home. You may need to train him on the fly on how he should behave in public spaces.

– A first aid kit is always necessary for any trip with your pet! Something as simple as an upset stomach could ruin this adventure so it’s best to be prepared. There are also specific kits out there that can help treat issues like bee stings and snake bites which could save time and pain later on down the line.

– If you’re planning on taking multiple trips during your stay (or even just going somewhere far away) bring along toys they enjoy playing with the back home so they’re familiar with them.

– Bring a few small bags for waste disposal! You’ll want to clean up after your pup wherever you go no matter what the weather is like outside or how nice of an establishment it may be. And if they have sensitive paws, bring along some booties so their feet stay warm and dry on cold surfaces.

– If your dog gets car sick easily being in motion can trigger this reaction again so it’s best to travel during times when he might not get queasy (such as an early morning or late evening). Also, try giving him something crunchy right before leaving that will help occupy his mouth on the journey there!

– Make sure to bring enough of their regular food (and treats) with you! You may not be able to find the same brand or flavour while away and your pup might get an upset stomach if they’re used to eating something different.

– If there is a breed that’s prone to breathing issues like bulldogs, take along an inhaler for times when he struggles to breathe. This will make him more comfortable during the trip and should help ease your mind too!

– Bring along their favourite blanket or toy and even a few of their toys from home. It will make them feel more comfortable and like they’re at “home” while away. Plus, it’s always nice to bring back souvenirs for the family members who stayed behind (just don’t forget them when you go through customs!)

– If you have any medications that need to be kept safe such as insulin, pack those up before heading out on the trip. You’ll want to keep these items somewhere close by in case there is an emergency so having one item instead of two means less fumbling around during stressful moments.

– Make sure all vaccinations are up to date and bring proof with you if necessary!

3. How to travel with your dog on an airplane

e- Make sure your pup is allowed on the airline you’re using. If they are, call ahead of time to make a reservation! It’s usually best if there isn’t any room in the cabin or under seats so this will help ensure that he has a safe place during takeoff and landing.

– Most airlines have regulations about what types of carriers they allow though many will be fine with something as large as a soft-sided kennel which can fit under their seat or in an overhead bin (just don’t forget it when departing!).

– If possible bring along extra water for him since most planes lack sufficient H20 fountains. Also, remember his food bowl just in case it gets delayed somewhere between flights

– Bring along anything he might need for the flight such as his leash, harness or training tools. The last thing you want is to be sitting next to someone with a barking dog!

– Make sure your pup gets plenty of exercise before boarding an airplane since their space will likely already be small and cramped (and they’ll probably have more energy than normal after being cooped up in their crate during transit!)

– Pack up all waste disposal bags so you don’t forget them when deplaning. You’ll also one if your pet decides to get sick during flight (which is usually not common but it can happen!).

– Bring enough of your pup’s normal food with you in case any delays occur. This will make him more comfortable and ensure that he doesn’t get hungry while waiting for the next leg of his trip to begin!

– If possible try finding a seat near the front since animals are sometimes loaded last, meaning they’ll be able to deplane sooner than everyone else which helps reduce stress levels for them! Plus, there might even be an extra storage bin up there if you need somewhere safe to keep their things.

– Try bringing along some type of collapsible water bowl so Fido has access to fresh H20 without having it spill everywhere or run out quickly.

4. How to travel with your dog in a car

– Make sure to get your pet comfortable with travelling in the car before you actually leave for your trip! It’s best if they’re accustomed to road trips early on (or at least know what a leash is since most states require pets be restrained while driving)

– Keep them hydrated by filling up an extra water bottle and keeping it cool, especially after having fun playing outside. Your pup will likely drink more than normal so make sure not to let them gulp down large amounts of H20 all at once which can lead to stomach upset or worse.

– Bring along their favourite toy(s) like tennis balls which are perfect for throwing around when stuck in traffic or even during long stretches where there isn’t much scenery. Plus, it’ll help keep them entertained and prevent boredom (and the associated barking) if they’re left alone in a parked car for too long.

– Bring along their favourite treats to reward your pup when he finally makes it to his destination or even just after taking an especially long trip! You don’t want him associating good things with bad behaviour such as crying so instead be sure to use this opportunity for positive reinforcement during training sessions.

– If you know that there will be times where you won’t have access to freshwater, try bringing along extra bottles of H20 which can last longer than normal food bowls and also not leave stains on upholstery as little puddles would do either. Plus, many dogs prefer having something different from their normal dish to drink from anyway!

– Bring along their leash and harness which will turn your pup into a safe traveller in the event that they need to be restrained. Just make sure whatever you bring is comfortable for them since it’ll likely stay on during most of the trip (if not all!)

– If possible try finding a seat near the front so Fido can get out more easily when needed, especially if he needs to go potty or stretch his legs after being cooped up for too long. Plus, having him close makes it easier to keep an eye on any potential issues with carsickness or just general uneasiness that might come about due to lack of travel experience.

5. Where and when you can take your dog for walks or hikes

– Visit areas where dogs are allowed to be off-leash when you’re out and about. Just make sure your pup is well behaved in such an environment, especially if there’s a lot of traffic nearby (cars or people) since they might get distracted and try running into the street without realizing it!

– Go for walks around the block at night instead of during peak hours like morning rush hour which can be super dangerous both for human pedestrians as well as pets who may run right into incoming cars unexpectedly since their vision isn’t great in the dark. Plus, many drivers don’t pay attention even though they should so better to avoid any potential accidents from happening beforehand!

– If possible scout out hikes that allow dogs before going on vacation with Fido. It’s not always easy to get them back on a leash if they run off or become distracted by other people (or animals!) so it’s best to be prepared ahead of time and avoid any potential threats like speeding cars, wild predators, etc.

– Bring along extra water since exercise is likely going to make your dog thirsty as well as a collapsible bowl that can be used for both hydration plus waste removal in the event that you find somewhere suitable outdoors where he needs to go potty! Plus, having his own gear will keep him from trying anything funny with yours such as drinking out of plastic bottles instead of using his own dish.

– Take advantage of opportunities when travelling abroad where Fido isn’t restricted from going into certain areas like inside cafes and restaurants. Just make sure to bring along poop bags (and your passport) in case he needs to go potty while out!

– If you’re travelling by car, try bringing a collapsible crate that can be used for rest stops when Fido just needs some peace and quiet or even during overnight stays where it’s not convenient to let him roam around due to the time of day/night such as late at night/early morning. Plus, having his own enclosure will prevent any potential problems with carsickness so this is one instance where investing in a pricey carrier might actually pay off big dividends down the road!

6. Where and when you can swim with your dog

– Keep in mind that most hotels and resorts (if not all!) won’t allow you to bring your dog into their swimming pools with you. So scout out areas like beaches where Fido can go for a swim without having to worry about any potential restrictions!

– For overnight stays, ask the hotel or resort if they have an outdoor area that is dog friendly prior to booking since this will make it easier on everyone involved when travelling abroad. Plus, many places are more likely than not willing to accommodate such requests so there’s no harm in asking beforehand at least!

– If possible try finding nearby joint destinations which let both of you enjoy yourselves by splashing around together as well as going on walks along the beach whenever time allows. This will be a great opportunity to bond with your dog plus help him socialize more by meeting other people and pups too!

– As an alternative, consider going on boat cruises which might allow you to bring Fido along if it’s not a private charter. Just make sure that the vessel is large enough for both of you as well as has proper life vests in case there are any overflows or capsizing. Plus, having his own gear again will prevent him from trying anything funny like drinking out of plastic bottles instead of using his own bowl!

– Even though swimming pools aren’t allowed at most hotels/resorts, some do offer kiddie pools so ask beforehand about what kind they have available just in case they have one which can be used by your pet too!

– Try bringing along his own towels so you don’t have to worry about any potential issues with cleanliness or bad smells. Plus, this is an easy way for him to dry off after a long day of playing in the water instead of having to lie around on wet ground afterward.

– Make sure that Fido has all of his shots updated (rabies especially) before travelling abroad since many countries require specific vaccinations depending on where he’s going and how long he’ll be staying there. This will help prevent any nasty health problems from occurring while out exploring new places together as well as make it easier when crossing borders/going through customs at foreign airports!


– Remember that travelling abroad with your pup is more than just taking them along on the adventure of a lifetime. It’s also about giving him new experiences which he’ll love and cherish for years to come so make sure he has all of his shots updated before you go!

– Make sure to bring along poop bags (and your passport if necessary) in case Fido needs to go potty while out exploring new places together. Plus, many pet owners will agree that having their own gear prevents any issues with cleanliness or bad smells afterward too.

– For overnight stays, ask the hotel/resort beforehand whether they have outdoor space available where both you can enjoy yourselves by splashing around as well as going on walks whenever time allows.

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