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How to Travel with a Dog: The Ultimate Guide to Travelling Abroad With a Dog

How to travel with a dog

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You don’t need to leave your best friend at home.

Are you a cat person or a dog person? I’m happy to call myself both. Why do we have to choose? While we don’t own any dogs at the moment (we have two cats), there’s no reason why you should have to choose between owning a pet and traveling. While many dog owners are hesitant to leave their pets at home, you can always decide to take them along for the adventure instead. It might even encourage you to exercise more on holidays, especially if you have a large dog that needs to stay active. It’s easy to know how to travel with a dog, once you make the necessary preparations in advance. Before you set out on your travels with your fur baby, be sure to keep these tips in mind.

What to Bring

Traveling with a pet requires an extra level of preparedness. Being in the know ahead of time is the best way to travel with a dog. Your buddy will surely enjoy being right by your side, too. Be sure to consider all of the extra items that you need to bring along for your dog. Items to include in your travels are a collar, an extra leash, an ID tag, and plenty of food. It is also a good idea to bring a picture of your dog with you in case he gets lost. I’m sure that won’t be a problem as you likely have a billion of them right there on your phone!

How to Travel with a Dog: The Ultimate Guide to Travelling Abroad With a Dog

Consider the Mode of Travel

Thinking about a road trip with your dog? How about travelling abroad with a dog? You need to make special considerations based on whether you’re traveling by airplane, car, or bus. The most important rule to remember is to never leave your pup in a car alone, especially if the temperatures are warm. Be sure to take advantage of rest stops so that your dog can get out of the car and run around and go to the bathroom. I’m sure you will both benefit from stretching your legs. A dog that has been able to play in regular intervals will be more content in the car for longer periods of time. If you are traveling by air, be sure to make sure that your dog has an appropriate crate or carrier for transport. This might go without saying, but it’s always a good idea to fly on the same flight as your pup.

Keep Your Pup Comfortable

Keeping your dog comfortable while out and about is key to a successful journey. If your dog thrives on the familiarity of home, bring a reminder of that on your trip. A familiar smelling blanket or special toy will help to comfort them while on your travels. If your dog has any health issues, dog sling lift can help to support them and keep them comfortable. Bringing along your regular dog food and snacks will encourage good digestive function while away home. It’s always a good idea to mimic your routines as much as possible when you vacation with your dog. This will help to transition them into this new (and possibly stressful) lifestyle.

How to Travel with a Dog: The Ultimate Guide to Travelling Abroad With a Dog

How to Travel with a Dog

Travelling abroad with a dog doesn’t have to be difficult. If you make a list of all of the variables to consider when you travel with your dog, the trip will go off without a hitch. For example, you will want to ensure ahead of time that your hotel allows dogs. You will also need to make sure that your dog is up to date on all of his or her shots prior to travel. Some airlines require that you provide health vaccination records for your pet before boarding. Be sure to ensure that all of your paperwork is in order well in advance of your trip. With the right preparation for your dog, you can make this family vacation one to remember. If you didn’t know how to travel with a dog before, I hope that you’ll be able to enjoy a vacation with your dog.

Have you ever taken a vacation with your dog? Do you have any additional tips?

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John and Susan Pazera

Friday 8th of November 2019

Hi Lauren, This is great information. You may not be aware of it but both Air B N B and have a pet-friendly dog filter button and there are many options on those sites for folks.

Cheers, John and Susan Medellin, Colombia


Saturday 9th of November 2019

That's awesome, I actually had no idea about that! Great tip, thanks for sharing!


Sunday 16th of June 2019

Great post! I just got a new pup and can’t wait to take her on trips once she’s a bit older! Looking forward to the adventures.


Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Annie, you two are going to have so much fun together! Keep me posted on your adventures!


Wednesday 12th of June 2019

Good tips! Comfort for the dog is definitely a key, even though it might mean a little extra hassle or sometimes missing out on some stuff yourself. I just completed a "once in a lifetime" road trip across Canada with my dog - for the second time! In 2017 we drove from Ottawa to Vancouver area and now in May 2019 we drove back to Ottawa again. I'd say my dog is a pro road tripper by now! A tip for anyone travelling in Canada with a dog - ALT Hotels are very dog friendly and there are quite a few of them across the country. My dog and I have stayed at the ALT hotels in Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg and Saskatoon and they are great, new, modern hotels that are a pleasure to stay at. Sadly they do charge a pet fee (although we got one pet fee- free night on our road trip when staying 4 consecutive nights at ALT hotels), but I have not yet come across a hotel that doesn't charge a pet fee.


Friday 14th of June 2019

Annika, thank you for the personal tips! That's such an amazing adventure that you went on with your dog! Love this!!!

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