There are times that owners are left with no choice but to travel (drive or fly) with their dog. But, below are the experts’ ways to follow when you will take your pet.
Determine if you must Take your Pet
If it’s not absolutely necessary to travel with your pet, then you should not just do it. I know it sounds pretty rough, but sometimes travel is too strenuous or difficult for your pet. Sometimes it’s better to hire a petsitter or get a good friend to dogsit. It’s a less stressful option for you and your dog.
Human advocates and experienced dog parents agree that before hiring a sitter, you should ask about their training, qualifications, and reference. After all, they’re going to be taking care of your precious pooch, so you want to make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job. Ask about your services and clearly articulate what your dog needs, and whether they need any special treatment or medication. And just before you leave, review the tips and instructions in case of any emergency. Don’t forget your contact info while you’re travelling and leave a number where you can be reached.
Research the Requirements in the Airline in Advance
It is stressful for pet parents who take their dogs if they have no comprehensive information in advance. If you’re flying, know the specific regulations in the airline, since every carrier is unique and different. Don’t wait until the last minute to figure this stuff out– you don’t want to be stranded just before your vacation!
When you book your reservation online, choose a non-stop flight. You’ll still need to meet medical specifications, vaccinations and all other pet carrier requirements. Keep in mind the extra costs of travelling with your pet, as well as the price of your own ticket! Fido may be cute, but rarely can your pup fly for free (those puppy dog eyes only work on you!)
Test the Dog’s Carrier
Testing the stability of your pet carrier is essential in avoiding the so-called “pet on the loose” syndrome along the way. When you bring your dog, you need to unzip its carrier and let it take a stroll up before it settles in for the long flight. We recommend this pawsome carrier to make it a smooth flight.
Keep your Dog Secure and Safe- Even Inside the Car
37% of owners take their dogs on the road. Dogs are family too! Dogs are safest in a carrier or crate that’s anchored to the seat with a secure device. We love this pet seat because it’s stylish and keeps your pet safe and secure should you hit any bumps in the road.
Animals or pets that roam around human in the car, can be dangerous to both parent and pet. You must not allow dogs to protrude out of a vehicle window. And as cute as it might be, do not transport them at the back part of the truck/car as it’s super easy for them to jump right out onto the road, which is not only dangerous for your pup but also for other drivers.
Give It a Workout
If you think that flying can be too overwhelming, drive with your dog, but before you do, get well prepped. Try working out with your dog beforehand to tire them out before the long trip. This will serve as a pre-road trip exercise. A good walk for your dog is actually thirty minutes. This is also especially if you aim to bring peace in your car.
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