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Top Tips for travelling with your dog

Top Tips for travelling with your dog

During the holiday season, which means more people are going to be travelling, and those trips often include pets. The following trip tips to make travelling with your dog enjoyable:

Top Tips for travelling with your dog

Get the paperwork together: For long trips, you should carry a recent photo of your dog and a copy of his health records, listing all of his recent vaccinations.

See the vet: 
Bring your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup before going on an extended trip. Make sure all his vaccinations are up to date, and take shot records with you.

Bring games and toys:
To make sure your dog doesn’t get bored, provide him with a few new toys and a couple of old favourites. You might want to include a puzzle-type toy to keep him occupied.

Plan bathroom breaks:
Before you leave home, teach your dog to relieve himself on multiple surfaces —not just grass. Having the ability to potty on different terrains, such as concrete, mulch and gravel, will alleviate his discomfort as well as the possibility of accidents while you’re on the road or otherwise. Bring a leash and a supply of bags to clean up afterward.

A hard crate is an excellent way to keep your dog safe in the car and is required for airline travel. It can also keep your pet from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host’s home.

Remember, it’s a vacation:
Traveling can be stressful, but a calm owner usually has a calm pet. Our animals pick up on our stress, so if you’re nervous and uptight, guess who else is?

Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar:
The collar should have identification tags with the dog’s name, your name and your home phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots.

If you plan on being away for more than a few days, consider purchasing a second identification tag that includes the location and phone number of your vacation spot.

Top Tips for travelling with your dog

Tips for flying with your pet dog

Flying your dog around the country on holiday, but when you compare it to the price of a kennel or farm stay which surge during holiday periods it very quickly starts to look reasonable. And besides, he's a member of the family!

1. The costs :
Depending on your dog's size, it's not as pricey as you might expect. If your pet is travelling with you, rather than being sent off to Grandma's on their own, they can effectively travel as your luggage.

There's a base charge,  make sure you do, or you'll be stung with excess baggage fees by the kilo instead. If your pet isn't travelling with you, they become cargo and you need to book through an approved pet transporter with additional fees.

2. Getting your pet in the air 
Dogs and cats might qualify as luggage, but you can't actually take them in your carry-on. There are strict rules airlines have to follow and the trickiest bit is the carrier cage. They must be able to stand up and turn around .
There are also rules around how the cage locks (so there's no chance they'll get loose mid-flight) and they must have access to water. Give them a chance to get used to it before they fly, so not everything about the experience is foreign. Take poo bags in your carry on they'll likely need to go when you land.

3. Calming flying dogs
Many humans are nervous flyers, so it's likely animals might find the experience a little scary. but Aeropets warned us that a sedated pet has a lower breathing and heart rate, which could be an issue at altitude.

4. Where to stay
Getting there is only half the battle you then have to find accommodation that accepts pets. Most of the major booking sites have filters to help identify pet-friendly places  but this can leave you with slim pickings in some areas. 

5. Going international
Call your airline and raise them what necessary steps you would like to require once travelling together with your dog. counting on your dog’s size, your dog may well be allowed to ride with you within the cabin. Otherwise, your dog are riding within the enclosure once flying to a different country, some countries have strict stipulations on receiving animals, particularly if you’re transferring through a country with stricter laws than your destination country.

Top Tips for travelling with your dog


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