Many people consider their dogs their best friends. So, no matter the circumstance, they refuse to leave home without their furry companions—period. Have you ever wondered what your pets do whenever you leave home? Many people have left a camera in their home to check up on their dog, and they found that their dog often cries or gets really stressed out. Taking your dog with you on trips is very thoughtful, however there are some complications that may arise.
You do not want to be blindsided by the realization that the locations you are traveling to or the transportation services you plan on using do not allow pets on the premises. When traveling with your dog, consider the following tips to ensure your dog’s health and happiness during their trips.
Air Travel Tips
Air travel for dogs is not easy. They tend to get stressed by it since they are stuck in a small, dark cage for many hours. Each airline has their own set of guidelines about dog travel, so be sure to speak with an airline representative before your visit to the airport. Here are some tips to help make air travel much less stressful for both you and your dog.
1. Make sure you bring a signed health certificate from your veterinarian certifying that your dog does not have any diseases. Make sure that your dog is up to date on his or her rabies shots, and anti-flea programs. Basically, just bring all of the documents you can. And, carry a photo of your dog with you, just in case.
2. Do not feed your dog for six hours before the flight and no water for two hours before. Place a note on the crate stating your dog’s eating and drinking needs so the ground staff knows not to feed your dog.
3. Purchase a crate large enough so your dog can stand up. Buy one that is specifically designed for air transport. And, don’t skimp on the price or use an old, dilapidated crate. Your dog will thank you.
Car Travel Tips
Car travel can stress out some dogs the same as air travel. Being stuck in a large metal box, especially if the pet is not capable of comprehending what it is, can terrify them. Here are some tips on how to make car travel with your dog much smoother.
1. Make sure your dog has all of his or her identification nearby. Carry a photo in case your dog gets lost. If your dog is known to become excited easily, keep him leashed inside the car so he cannot jump out of the car windows.
2. Always book your hotel ahead of time. Many hotels do not allow dogs in their rooms, so make sure the one you book allows pets.
3. Before you take a long road trip with your dog, get him or her acclimated to driving. Start out with short trips and gradually extend the durations.
Follow these simple tips and you and your dog will be able to enjoy many fun trips together in the future.