Dogs and Travel

Traveling with your furry friend can be stressful for both you and your dog. Whether you’re traveling with your therapy dog or you simply want to bring your best friend with you on your next journey, there are some things you need to keep in mind when traveling with pets.

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Pets are easily stressed during travel, so you need to do your research and the proper preparation to make things are comfortable for both you and your dog. Keep reading for more information on how to travel with your dog!

Preparing for your journey with your dog the right way.

When you’re traveling with your dog, you need to do the right things to prepare. Dogs are active creatures, and they like to run and burn energy when they can in most cases. With that in mind, you need to do your best to make sure your dog is able to exercise fully in the days leading up to your trip. A tired dog is a happy dog! Give your pet plenty of play time and exercise time before your trip and the experience will be a lot more pleasant for both of you!

Make sure you have all of your pets paperwork.

Whenever you travel with your pet, you need to bring the proper paperwork. Your pet should travel with all their vaccination records, medical history, and other important paperwork. Keep these important records in a special folder with your dog’s name and your contact information. Even better, make a digital copy and save it within an easy to access place like your email so you’re never without your pets important papers. If your pet is a therapy dog, be sure to bring ESA letters for travel, housing, and more so you don’t run into any issues on the road.

Find the best way to transport your dog safely.

Dogs aren’t really great plane or train travelers, so it’s best to avoid these methods when possible. If you must fly with your dog or go on a train, research with the specific airline or travel company for their rules and regulations. The best way to travel with your dog safely is by car, but you should take some precautions to keep your pet comfortable during the ride.

There are crates and harnesses designed for dogs that are a great way to increase their safety while in a vehicle. Never leave your dog to roam freely through a moving car as they can easily get injured if you have to stop suddenly or they interfere with your driving.

Come prepared for your trip–for you and the dog.

Just as you would pack for yourself, you should pack for your dog. Dogs like routines, so try to keep your travel itinerary similar to their regular daily routine to keep them comfortable. Bring their usual food and don’t forget to bring enough for the entire trip. Avoid unexpected treats or snacks which could disrupt your pets already stressed body. Remember to pack travel bowls, blankets, or familiar toys which will help your dog feel more comfortable in new places.

Be patient with your furry friend while traveling.

While traveling, your dog is likely to feel stressed and confused. Dogs are likely to revert back into bad habits when stressed or in a new situation. You might be surprised your potty trained dog suddenly struggles to control its bladder or a usually friendly dog barks at strangers on the street.

Don’t scold your dog during these moments, instead, be patient. Don’t worry, these are not habits started for good. Your dog should return to its regular behavior when you turn home. Try to consider the situation from their point of view and just how unsettling it must be. Patience is key to helping your dog adjust. Remember, if you’re calm, your dog will be calm.

Stress-free travel with your dog.

Traveling with man’s best friend can be a blast! Your dogs will be excited to be with you, no matter where you go, but you’ll need to do your research to make them as comfortable as possible in new situations. As long as you do your best to prepare for the trip and acclimate your dogs with patience, you’re sure to have a stress-free trip!

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