Dogs do like to travel well. Adventurous by nature, they want to
check out new sights and sounds. They like to meet and see new
people. But this does not mean that traveling with a dog is as
easy as traveling with your clutch bag. Here are some tips on
how to have a worry-free travel experience with your pet dog.
Hiring a pet sitter
If you are traveling far away from home without your pet dog,
you might want to hire a pet sitter who could take care of your
dog full-time. A pet sitter could be a member of your family or
a friend who could stay over in your house and watch over your
dog. You could also ask your veterinarian who could recommend
someone to do the pet-sitting. Leaving the dog in a kennel If
you choose to leave your pet in a kennel, shop around for
recommendations for a good one from friends that own dogs or
your vet. Go to the kennel before taking your dog and check if
animals look well-cared for and the facilities comfortable and
clean. Chat with the staff to make sure that your dog will be
cared for properly.
Traveling with your dog
Should you decide that you're bringing the dog along in your
travel, ask the vet some tips on how to best travel with a dog,
including problems on the transportation method. Ask if he or
she could give your dog a certificate of clean health.
If you are flying via airplane, you should have a sturdy carrier
for your pet. If not, the airline could ask you to buy a carrier
from them. Some airlines allow your pet in the passenger
compartment with you. Some put all the animals in the luggage
If you are riding in a car, the air conditioning should be kept
on. Do not leave your dog unattended in a car that is parked. Do
not park in direct sunlight even for a brief period of time, as
it could drastically raise the heat temperature inside your car
that might result in dehydration, heat stroke, or worse.
Traveling with a dog or any other pet in foreign countries can
prove to be difficult. Check with your vet for some tips. You
might also want to ask the local consulate of the country you
are visiting what are their requirements for you to bring your
Going places with your dog may be a pleasant experience. But you
should remember taking a dog, or any pet with you, anywhere
could be a bit difficult.