As years have passed, TSA travel regulations have become stricter, making the idea of travelling with man’s best friend seem nearly impossible by air. Don’t worry; it isn’t. If you learn how to travel with your dog, the idea will be much more enjoyable and hassle-free. Once you’ve decided to bring your furry friend along for the family fun, make sure that you’ve checked these simple suggestions:
- Even if your dog has a collar and tag, make sure that the identification is current and on the dog at all times.
- The tag should include the dog’s name, your name, your telephone number, and proof that the dog had their rabies shots.
- If you want extra security, consider a microchip.
- Safety should be your primary concern while travelling so make sure that the dog is strapped into the seat or kennel so that if sudden stops are made or there is turbulence, the dog is comfortable and won’t go flying.
- It is very important to train your dog so that he or she is well-behaved during the travels. Basic training tips such as sit, stay, or down are great for beginners.
- Always bring dog supplies, especially for long trips. These include the following:
- A leash
- Crate or kennel
- Water and water bowls
- Their favorite treats
- A few toys
- Waste bags
- Any medication
- Medical records
- Be prepared for any emergencies which might take place.
- Bring a list of veterinary hospitals and a map for the areas where you will be staying.
- Have a first aid kit handy in case the dog starts showing signs of illness.
- Bring the dog’s medical records with vaccine history as well as his or her health certificate obtained from their primary veterinarian.
If you decide to travel by air, remember that your dog will most likely be considered cargo and put underneath the plane. For smaller dogs, they are allowed onboard in a small carrier which can fit under the seat. There are some pet-friendly airlines such as Pet Airways which allow pets to fly in a main cabin like humans would on a regular airline. Unfortunately these are only available in certain cities.
If however, you decide to travel by car, be cautious that some dogs might have anxiety over this unless they have driven with you before. Before the vacation try and take to take the dog on shorter trips so that he or she becomes accustomed to the type of travel. Try taking the dog to the supply store for treats or to a park so that their minds register the car with pleasant rides. If the car ride is going to be long then ask about anti-anxiety medication for the dog to ease the ride. If you do opt for medication, please be sure to use it sparingly.
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