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It's fairly easy to travel with your dog as long as you are prepared. Here's what you need to know (and do):

THE VET

  • 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. 

THE CRATE

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!

THE I.D.

  • 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. 

THE PLANE

  • 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.

THE TIPS

  • 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. 

Read our new article with more tips & recommendations on how to travel with your pooch!

 

 

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