Tips for Travelling with Dogs

By joanne lemna | August 11, 2016

Getting to share your vacation time with your pets is great – but it can also be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help you and your pet enjoy your time together.

Long before you pull out of your driveway quite a bit of preparation work can be done. You want your pet to be able to handle anything that comes their way!

  • Training. Make sure your dog is well trained for the type of vacation you’re going on. Take into account the type of transportation activities and living situation. Ensure your dog responds to recall and “leave it” commands for everyone’s safety.
  • Vaccinations. Don’t expose your dog to avoidable illnesses. Make sure they’re vaccinated.
  • Paperwork. Some places require proof of immunization or registration so make sure you have all the required paperwork. If you’re crossing over the US-Canadian border you must have a signed health certificate from a veterinarian and proof of immunizations.
  • ID/Microchip. The last thing you want is to get separated from your pet but if you do an ID and microchip will help make sure you get reunited.
  • Check to make sure the place you’re staying is pet-friendly.
  • Get your pet used to car rides. Taking shorter journeys will get them comfortable with transportation and longer rides will be much more manageable.
  • Make sure they’re fit and healthy. If you’re planning on taking them hiking both you and your dog should be fit enough. The stress of travel can also negatively impact their health so make sure they’re not feeling under the weather before you leave.
  • Expose your dog to as much of the equipment sights and smells if at all possible.
  • Treat for fleas and ticks. If you’re heading out into flea or tick territory make sure you give your dog a preventative treatment before you leave.
  • The extent you need to prepare will depend on your dog’s health level of training personality and previous experiences.