In the United States, 38.4% of households have dogs, amounting to something like 76 million furry friends in the U.S. alone. If you’re like most Americans, you see your dog as a part of the family. When it’s time to go on a family vacation, it’s therefore perfectly natural to consider bringing Fido along.
However, traveling with your dog requires special considerations. This is true whether you are going on a short road trip or on an international excursion. That being said, you’ll find it a much simpler affair to bring your dog to your local campground for the weekend than bringing them along for a jaunt through Europe.
Are you wondering what you need to know about traveling with your dog?
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.
How to Travel With Your Dog: Tips and Reminders
When you’re traveling with your dog, there’s a number of things you’ll want to keep in mind. These include:
- Bringing plenty of water and a water bowl to ensure that your dog stays hydrated
- Locking the child safety button in your car so your dog can’t accidentally roll the window down
- Bringing a safety harness and bed
- Bringing plenty of poop bags
- Planning bathroom breaks
- Making sure you never leave your dog in a hot car
If you need to leave your dog in the car, you’ll want to make sure you bring an extra set of keys with you. This way, you can leave the car and AC running while the doors are locked. If you are traveling in a group, you might also have a rule where someone always stays inside the car with the dog.
Air Travel With a Dog
Are you going to travel with your dog to Europe or another distant land? This is totally possible, though it definitely takes more planning ahead of time.
Airplane travel with your dog can differ depending on the airline you choose. Some airlines will let you bring your dog with you in the cabin so long as they don’t disturb others. This will, as you might imagine, cost a fee.
The size of your dog will determine whether or not they are allowed in the cabin as well. Usually, the rule is that your dog needs to be small enough to fit in a carrier that fits underneath the seat right in front of you.
You’ll need to have a copy of your dog’s health records handy in order to ensure you don’t run into any snaffus along the way.
Some airlines only allow dogs to travel in the baggage compartment. This isn’t going to be the most comfortable way for your dog to get to your location, but it’s a valid option if it’s your only choice. This means that your dog will be separated from you and there definitely have been instances of dogs getting injured, sick, or even dying after spending a flight in the cargo hold.
You’ll also want to check the quarantine guidelines for the country you are flying to if you’re traveling internationally, as they vary between countries and regions.
Are you traveling to London and wondering if there are dog-friendly hotels there? Check out this link to learn about the best pet-friendly hotels in the city.
Airplane Travel With a Dog: How Much Does It Cost?
It will usually cost you about $125 each way for your dog to travel with you in the cabin. How much it costs for them to travel in the cargo hold will depend on how much the crate and the dog weigh in combination. Another factor is how long the flight is.
You can usually find calculators on the websites of airlines in order to get an estimate of how much this will cost.
Camping With a Dog
If you’ve never gone camping with your dog, you’re in for a real treat. You’ll find that most campgrounds are dog-friendly as long as you pick up after them and keep them leashed. On top of that, so long as your dog isn’t aggressive it will often be allowed.
Some tips to keep in mind if you’re camping with your dog include:
- Don’t leave your dog at the campsite alone for more than a few minutes
- Be sure to keep your dog on a leash when you are at a campsite
- Consider letting your dog sleep with you in your tent or in you car
- Make sure you bring dog food, water, and a bowl
- Think about getting a dog pack for your pup to help you carry supplies on hikes
- Pick up your dog’s poop and apply leave-no-trace ethics
- Make sure you only bring food out during meals to avoid attracting wildlife
There’s nothing more special than spending time camping with your dog. If you try it once, you’ll find that you’re hooked!
Traveling With Your Dog: Is It Right For You?
There are other options if it doesn’t make sense to bring your dog along with you. You can find a kennel or a boarding place for them to stay at while you’re gone or you might consider dropping them off with a dog sitter. Another option is to leave your dog at home and have a dog sitter come by at least twice every day that you are gone.
Did you find this article about traveling with your dog useful? If so, be sure to check out the rest of our blog for more interesting and informative articles!