Travel with your dog
Travel the world with your pup by your side.
Many assume that traveling with your dog will be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Dogs are great companions, in life and in travel. Boogie and Marcelo have journeyed by land, air, and sea, in boats, planes, trains, and automobiles, and always with ease. Here are a few general tips for a dog on the go.
Pack the Essentials
Every journey, however great or small, will require a few essentials that you can’t leave home without. Check out our Dog Travel Checklist to make sure you’ve got everything!
Health is Wealth
Schedule a vet visit before traveling to ensure your dog is given the green light to hit the road. Be sure that they are up to date on all vaccines, and bring a copy of their records with you. A healthy pup is a happy pup!
There’s nothing better than keeping your furry friend warm and happy. Many dogs have a bed or blanket that smells like home. These items provide comfort and security, making sure your pooch stays cozy and stress free. Bring one along on your trip, and watch your dog gets their snuggle on.
You Snooze, You Win!
Dogs have lots of energy, especially young ones! Always exercise your dog before embarking on your journey, to get the wiggles out and to let them use the restroom. A fully rested dog will settle down on the road faster, helping for a smooth ride. It will also cut down on bathroom breaks!
Keep your friends close, and your snacks closer!
It’s always a good time for a snack attack. Be sure to bring along plenty of dog treats and dog food, in case you can’t find your preferred brands at your destination. These snacks will also help keep pooches happy if dinner is delayed due to travel, and they’re always a nice incentive to make them sit, stay, or lay down.
If your pooch is naturally stressed or anxious, practice the trip before you take it. Train them to stay in their crate or carrier for periods of time, and/or go on shorter trips before taking a long one. Simulation will help them gear up for things, so there are no surprises. Help them break routine in small ways, and always use positive reinforcement. And of course, speak to a vet before traveling.
You’ll Fit In More
Locals are used to spotting tourists wearing sunglasses, holding a camera, and sporting a fanny pack. Walking down the street with a canine in tow will change the game – no one will think you’re just visiting! You’ll be less of a target for common scams or tourist traps, and you’ll make a dog loving friend or two while outside.
As prepared as you are, accidents on the road are bound to happen. Always have poop bags and paper towels handy, that way clean ups are easy and painless. A bit of disinfectant will also help keep places bacteria free and prevent smells. Throw in some hand sanitizer for you too!