Traveling with a dog, whether by road, train, or plane is not as easy as people think.
Dog owners not only need to be prepared but also need to prepare the dogs to ensure that their experience is good.
As a dog owner, you need to know about the things you should do before and during your travel.
This is important to avoid some common problems that have faced dog owners in the past while traveling with their dogs.
Some of these problems include missing dogs, dog deaths, and problems with emotional support dogs among others.
Even though a bigger percentage of dog owners have reported uneventful travel experiences with their dogs, especially when they follow the laid out rules and regulations, one should make sure that they are always prepared.
There are several things you need to do to prepare to travel with your dog. Some of them include;
Checkup by a Vet
Vet consultation is very important before you travel with your dog. You need to make sure that the dog is examined and to get a health certificate for travel, something that is required by most flights.
After the checkup, you can make multiple copies of the certificate. This will make it possible for you to have one of the copies attached with your travel documents, one in your bag, and another one attached to the dog’s carrier.
In addition, ensure that your veterinarian answers any questions that you might have with regards to any issues that might affect your dog or make the travel experience unbearable for it.
Understand the Rules
Depending on the means of travel that you will be using, there will be different regulations governing dog traveling. You need to make sure that you understand these rules.
For instance, if you are taking a flight with your dog, you will notice that different airlines have different rules governing dog travel.
Most airlines, for example, have requirements governing the age – at least three months old, health – should be free from most common health problems for dogs, and needs to have all the vaccination certificates.
They also require you to provide enough water and food especially if going for long journeys.
It is important to note that you will need to buy a carrying case, also known as a dog carrier, and a leash before you start traveling.
When buying the dog carrier, you need to make sure that it is spacious enough. Spacious dog carriers make it possible for the dog to be comfortable and to turn around without any restrictions.
In addition, ensure that the dog carrier is labeled clearly to indicate that there is a live animal in it, show the top and bottom sides of the carrier, and include your contact information just in case the staff needs to contact you.
You can also carry a toy for the dog, especially the toy that it loves. Also, cover the carrier’s floor with a soft material like a towel or light mattress to ensure that the dog remains safe in case of bumpy rides or flights.
Do Not Book For Your Ticket Online
Technology has made life easier and people are a little bit lazier than before. When traveling, most people prefer booking flights online and making payments to interacting with anyone on a one-on-one basis.
However, if you are traveling with your dog, you need to either make a call or visit the booking office to do it on your own.
Make sure that the person you are talking to knows that you will be taking your dog with you. This is because you will be charged a certain amount of money for the dog.
The fee varies from one means of transport to another and the amount of space it will take.
For instance, small dogs can stay under your seat while the bigger ones will go to the cargo section if taking a flight.
Make Your Dog Comfortable in the Carrier
Finally, you need to make sure that your dog is comfortable in the carrier we have mentioned above.
You might be taking a long flight or traveling for a couple of hours, meaning that the dog will spend all this time in the carrier.
You, therefore, need to buy the carrier days or weeks before your travel date. This will give you enough time to train the dog and make it get used to spending time in the carrier.
You can also take it in your car – while in the carrier – to make it get used to traveling while inside the carrier.
In conclusion, a dog is a man’s best friend, and traveling with it is normal. Doing the things discussed above will ensure that you are prepared to travel with your dog.