Tips For Traveling With Your Dog!
There is a lot of information sprinkled here and there in this blog that would help anyone that has to travel with their small canine companion. But instead of making you dig up where all that useful information is, I thought it might be fun (and easier for you Dear Reader) to do a little consolidating. Think of it as a round-up of relevant posts; a one stop shop where you can find the most useful links. Your very own tips for traveling with your dog!
So Where to Start?
When new readers contact me and tell me they are planning their first trip with their canine, I often ask them to start with a post I wrote that helps remind everyone that the pet world is not viewed the same way internationally. I share 6 basic observations I have made over the years that have shown me that, not everywhere will welcome a canine with open arms; and you need to know this before you decide to take your furry friend along with you. The post looks at:
1) Dogs purely for companionship
2) Dogs as a member of the family
3) Dogs as livestock
4) Dogs within different cultures
5) Wild dogs (safety)
6) Dogs and religion
If you are already familiar with the post mentioned above, then the best place to start is with the 9 things to consider for canine travel companions. It’s one of the most viewed posts on the blog and I believe it’s because it gives valuable information to anyone in the process of trying to decide if they want to bring their canine with them. I ask some key questions to help in the decision making process, including:
1) Where will you be travelling?
2) How are you traveling? (air, water and land)
3) What about pet friendly lodgings?
4) Do you have the medical supplies and paper work you will need?
5) What basic will you need?
6) What about Pet Insurance?
7) Have you thought of how your pet might find their way home alone?
8) Does your dog need a space of their own?
9) Have you considered the weather?
The Not So Fun Part
Next on my list I would have to say, is a far less “fun” topic: What to do in case of emergencies when traveling. For this I have some great blog posts (if I say so myself!). The top 10 emergency planning tips when travelling with a canine is an excellent resource. The other is one I encourage everyone to read and then discuss with their vet: The top 5 bugs the travelling dog does not want to have to deal with. YUCK …but necessary!! And let’s not forget about microchipping. Not the funnest moment of my life, but a requirement for entry into many countries.
How to Get Around
Finally we can get down to actual transportation. Of course I have the series of airline and airport reviews and you are welcome to do a search (I have added that feature now on the side bar!) to see if the ones you will be using have been covered, but on a more general note I think my blog post that shares 20 tips on reducing stress when flying with your dog in cabin is stellar. If you are curious and just want to know what to expect, I also cover how a dog goes through security at the airport. That post has soothed many nerves.
If you will be driving (as we are this Holiday from Ottawa to Quebec City with stops in Montreal mid way!! Woooohoooo!) then a quick and easy reference blog is the one on taking your dog on a road trip. I give some good pointers, including how to deal with car sickness. If you have or are going to rent a convertible (once in the sun!) there are a whole set of extra precautions to consider; my blog post provides 5 tips to keep your dog safe.
What to Take With You
Of course you will have to pack … the bane of most travellers’ existence. Lucky for you I actually have two posts for HUMANS on how to pack light; because I am lucky to have a biped that is a real pro. Allow me to demonstrate: 3 weeks in Europe, two different types of travel (sailing versus road trip) for two humans and a dog = 1 backpack. Like I said, Mom is a pro at packing light. And of course if you want something that is JUST on how to pack for a dog – I got you covered there as well Dear Reader. I even have a checklist you can download! Your welcome!
Finally, I leave you with a small series I started two years ago on basic etiquette when traveling with a canine. If we want the world to become a more pet friendly place, then we are all ambassadors for the cause. You can read the entire series of course, but the three that I believe will have the most value to those traveling for the Holidays are:
I hope you have found this post a useful round-up of information for traveling with a dog over the Holidays. If you want to add anything leave a comment below, or in the actual blog post it might relate to! I always respond! And please SHARE with anyone you know that has a small dog and may be traveling this Holiday season. If there is something you are looking for that is not mentioned in this post, please let me know so I can direct you to it, or … I may just need to write it!