Five tips for travelling with your dog
Travelling the world with your dog may seem like a pipe dream, but it’s easier than you think. Plus, it will be an experience of a lifetime for both you and your furry friend.
Travelling by yourself can be a lonely experience, so why not bring your dog with you? Dogs can help you make new friends along the way. Yes, there are some hurdles you will have to jump, but those hurdles make the whole experience so much more worthwhile. We’re going to take you through our top five tips for travelling with your pooch.
1 - Where to travel?
There are some truly incredible places to visit around the world, but not all of them are dog-friendly. The hustle and bustle of the big city probably isn’t the best place for you. Aim to get out into nature and let your dog run free. Always remember that they need to enjoy the trip away just as much as you do.
Take into account what type of dog you have, and where they’ll feel comfortable. Taking a pug to the rocky mountains or a husky to the Australian outback probably isn’t the best idea. Dogs can adapt to different weather but may struggle in more extreme climates.
2 - Check regulations and vaccinations
Not all airlines allow you to take your dog with you, so it’s important to check the regulations before you book your flights and plan your trips. Each country also has specific regulations your dog needs to meet before it’s allowed to enter. The UK regulations, for example, allows dogs to enter the country if they are microchipped, have a valid pet passport and have been vaccinated against rabies.
Most countries will allow your pooch to enter providing they have their rabies vaccination and are microchipped. But rules and regulations differ from country to country, so make sure to check before you head over.
3 - How to get there
Of course, you can’t travel to all countries by plane alone, so working out how you’re getting there with your pooch is important.
If you are going cross country in a car, then there are factors you need to consider before you set off to ensure your dog has a comfortable journey. They may need things like a dog bed whilst they are travelling, so they can sleep and rest, plus extra food and plenty of water.
When it comes to flying, there are three ways you can declare your dog:
In the cabin with you
As checked baggage
On a cargo flight
If your dog is small enough, some airlines will allow you to keep it in a bag or cage. Larger dogs, however, will need to be held in the designated cargo area. For longer flights, it’s likely you will need to look into going out on a cargo plane.
It’s worth looking into International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved travel crates for your pooch, to ensure they are as safe and comfortable as possible.
4 - Where to stay
Choosing a place to stay can be hard at the best of times, but picking a place that is dog-friendly is even more difficult. Different accommodation destinations have different rules when it comes to allowing dogs on to their premises. Ensure you check their regulations or contact them before making your booking.
There are multiple options available, it all depends on where you are heading. Most campsites won’t mind you having a pooch with you. However, booking hotels, apartments and hostels are not so easy. If you can’t find what you’re looking for renting a camper van gives you both transport and accommodation in one.
5 - What to pack
When choosing what to pack you have to think for both yourself and your dog. This often comes down to where you are travelling to, and the different conditions you and your friend will face while you’re there.
If you're heading to the mountains, it’s likely to get colder the higher up you get so your dog will need protection from the cold, and perhaps even boots to protect their paws. In hotter climates, your dog will need less equipment but will need to have plenty of water and food throughout the day.
Travelling with your dog can be one of the best experiences of your life, and something you will never forget. If you need a dog bed that’s up for the challenge, feel free to contact us here at Raised by Humans and we will endeavour to help you with any enquiries.
By Raised By Humans