Traveling with your dog is fun and easier than you think. Keep these tips in mind while preparing for your next adventure with your pooch.
Don’t forget the documents
With the popularity of travelers hitting the open road with their fur-babies in tow, the travel industry has taken notice. Hotels, airlines, trains, and home shares all have their own rules regarding pets. Airlines often have a limit on the number of animals allowed on a flight and require a TSA-approved carrier. Hotels usually have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms that come with an extra cleaning fee. Be sure to research the rules, restrictions, and extra costs of traveling with your pooch prior to booking and confirming.
Airlines, especially when traveling internationally, will require proof of your dog’s health records. Traveling with a copy of all your dog’s vaccination records and medical history is a good habit to get into. These records will be useful in case your dog needs an emergency veterinarian visit away from home.
Travel with a pet carrier that’s comfortable (for both of you)!
Depending on how you are traveling, a pet carrier will need to come along. Traveling with a pet carrier that’s comfortable for your dog to sit in for long periods of time. Travel shouldn’t feel like punishment, so make sure the carrier fits within travel regulations and offers enough space for your dog to be comfortable. Keep in mind that you will be the one carrying your dog around in the pet carrier. Look for a lightweight carrier that is durable and easy to carry.
Pack pooch essentials
Bring enough of your dog’s food, water for the journey, collapsible bowls, and treats. Choose a couple of your dog’s favorite toys and bring a travel-sized bed for them. Always travel with a backup leash or harness, poop bags, and extra ID tags. Depending on how or where you are traveling, a muzzle may be necessary.
Road trips are fun, and many dogs love setting out on an adventure with their family. The trouble with dogs is that they tend to run around loose in the car, and that’s not safe for anyone. Joyride Harness is the maker of the Safety Seat Belt, a dog seat belt harness that keeps your pet safely secured in the back seat. The Safety Seat Belt, made of high-quality nylon fabric, is designed for larger dogs and clips onto large dog harnesses with durable snaps and buckles.
Make friends with other dogs
Scope out local dog parks in your travel destination where both you and your dog can exercise and socialize. Local dog owners will have great tips about things to do and places to go that are pet-friendly. Go out for walks around the neighborhood and interact with other dogs along the way. There are websites and apps perfect for traveling with a dog. All Trails has a collection of over 50,000 trail maps and filters that allow you to search for dog-friendly trails. Bring Fido is like Yelp for dog owners, showing nearby hotels, restaurants, and attractions that are pet-friendly.
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