It's fairly easy to travel with your dog as long as you are prepared. Here's what you need to know (and do):
- Make sure your four legged friend is up to date on all vaccinations.
- Most airlines allow you to fill out and upload all necessary forms before you fly.
- Otherwise, print them out and bring them with you.
Most dogs love a small space as it makes them feel safe. Crates are great for road trips but mandatory for train and airplane travel.
- Your dog crate should always be big enough that your dog can sit, stand and lay down in it.
- For plane and train travel your crate must be airline compliant.
- Don't forget to add a comfy mat or blanket and a favorite toy!
- Chances are you will not get separated from your dog but just in case, always put a collar on your dog with you name and number.
- We like a collar with the name and number embroidered directly on the collar as opposed to a tag as tags can get loose and fall off.
- Rules vary depending on the airline so make sure you do your homework.
- Just because your dog is a service dog does NOT mean you can simply arrive at your flight with Fido in tow.
- When you book your ticket, make sure you make a reservation for your dog as well.
- Most airlines only allow a certain amount of dogs in each cabin at a given time.
- If your dog is not a service dog, a fee may be involved.
- Go to the airline's website to find out all pertinent information.
- If your dog is a service dog, carry a copy of his certification papers with you.
- Give your dog lots of bathroom breaks.
- Never leave a dog alone in a hot car.
- Don't forget collapsible bowls for food and water.
- Bring your dog's food. Switching food in a bind can make your dog sick (no fun for you or him).
- Do not feed your dog while in motion.
One of our favorite apps/website is Bring Fido where you can find dog friendly hotels and lots of other helpful info about traveling with your pooch.