Let’s be honest, traveling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And that goes for both humans and dogs.
Just like there are some people who don’t like to wander far and instead prefer the comforts of home, there are some dogs that are best suited to staying local.
Before you book that dream trip to Paris with your pup, or head out on a week-long road trip, ask yourself a few questions to see if your dog is fit for travel.
What kind of dog do you have?
I’m not referring here to their breed or size, but rather to their character and obedience. If you’ve never traveled with your furry friend before, then before you plan your first adventure, it’s worth considering if your dog has the right temperament for travel. Be honest with yourself about this, because it can make or break your trip. Before you board an eight hour flight over the Atlantic, consider the following:
Does your dog have basic manners?
Dog manners will make your life, and the lives of people around you, easier. Knowing basic commands, like sit and stay, means that your dog is capable of discipline and respect around others. This is especially important if you’re, say, at a restaurant, or at the airport with your hands full of luggage. No one wants to be around a disobedient dog!
Is your dog a yapper?
If your dog’s a yapper, then beware. This won’t bode well, especially if you’re staying in a hotel, or traveling close to other people. Spaces like planes or public transportation might not work for you. If your hound has a tendency to bark, then choose a destination with lots of space where you’ll be away from other people.
Does your dog get nervous in new places or around new people?
If your dog is a homebody who doesn’t take to strangers, then perhaps it’s best to leave them at home with a sitter. You won’t want to create unnecessary stress by putting them in situations they’re not comfortable with.
Can your dog be aggressive around other dogs and/or people?
This is an important one, folks. If your dog is at all aggressive with other dogs or people, ALWAYS keep them on a leash, and consider a muzzle too. It’s probably not the best idea to have them around lots of people, so in terms of travel, stick to off-the-beaten-path journeys, like wilderness camping.
Does your dog hate being on a leash or in a bag?
If this is the case, then cities, plane rides and public transport probably aren’t the best for you.
Can your dog be left alone in a new space?
No matter where you’re traveling to, chances are your dog will have to be left alone at some point or another. Whether it’s to head out for a nice dinner, see that museum you’ve always been curious about, or even just to go to the bathroom. If your dog has trouble being solo, or being watched by a stranger (a dog-sitter or at a doggy daycare), then this is something to work on before venturing off on a trip.
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