Traveling with your dog can be fun but it can also present a number of challenges.  Preparedness, patience and contingency plans are key.  Much like traveling with children, you have to expect there to be a hiccup or two from time to time and it will be a lot more fun and relaxing if you remain as flexible as possible.  Below we offer some helpful tips for traveling with your dog but it is also important to consider whether or not you will be able to properly accommodate your dog on your travels.  While the tips below are effective, we also recommend that everyone consider whether it might be easier for both you and your dog to board them at a loving, caring, and fun boarding facility where they can go on their own little vacation.

  • Crate is Key
    • Whether traveling by car or plane, crating your dog can also be a source of comfort for your dog, as well as a safe and protective place to rest. Since you cannot buckle your dog in, should an accident occur, your dog could turn into a projectile, injuring passengers in the car or themselves.  While it may feel comfortable to have your dog curl up on your lap, a crate is a far safer place to be and if your dog is already familiar with their crate they will be able to go into their crate without anxiety and find rest during lengthy travel.  Be sure that your crate is large enough for your dog to stand, turn around and lie down comfortably.
  • Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
    • A dog with boundless energy is the last thing you want on a long flight or car ride. As much as possible, give your dog lots of exercise before travel. Know your dog and do not push them so hard that is a health concern but try to really exercise and get that energy out and travel will be much energy.
  • Proper Identification
    • Just like you travel with ID, do not forget to put identification on your dog and bring a photo of your dog with you. Nobody wants to think about their dog running off, especially in an unfamiliar place, but unfortunately, it can happen.  Be sure your dog has a tag and ideally is chipped so that they can be identified if found.  By bringing a photo of your dog you can show it to people around or make copies and post photos nearby to help you find your dog.
  • Don’t Forget the Essentials
    • It can be easy to forget essentials like food or medications when distracted by packing for yourself. Be sure to pack your dog’s food, snacks, a water and food bowl and any other feeding essentials for traveling.  Further, do not forget to bring your dog’s medication to ensure health.  Lastly, if your dog has a favorite blanket or bed to sleep on and it is easy to bring with you, consider throwing it in to ease the transition while traveling.