While traveling with your dog is by no means impossible, you will need to be more organized and make the necessary plans for you and your dog to travel comfortably. Traveling with any pet can be a lot of fun but if you’re not properly prepared the stresses sometimes outweigh the rewards. You’ll need not only to plan the travel arrangements but also to plan for any kind of emergencies that may come up along the way.
First and foremost, make sure that your dog has a collar with the most recent information so your dog can be returned to you safely if he manages to get away. Some pet owners have already had a microchip implanted on their dog to make it even easier to be reunited with a lost dog. While this technology isn’t always necessary, many pet owners find peace of mind knowing that their dog can be easily identified in case of an emergency.
Beyond proper identification, you’ll need to make the travel plans. If you are travelling by air, you need to carefully consider the health and safety of your dog. While small dogs are sometimes allowed to fly in a pet carrier that stows under your seat, not all airlines allow it. Furthermore, larger dogs will usually have to travel as cargo which is not an enjoyable experience for even the most relaxed dogs. As such, you may want to consider other transportation alternatives.
Traveling with your dog by car is a more comfortable experience for your dog. Especially if your dog has been crate trained, he will usually be fine on a long car journey as long as you make frequent stops for toileting. Also, bring plenty of food and water whenever you are traveling with your dog. Finally, if your dog tends to get car sick, be sure to cover seats and surfaces so they can easily be cleaned. Many dog owners find it’s beneficial to practice short trips to acclimatize their dogs to traveling.