Traveling with your pup can be a great way to bring one of your best friends on your adventures. But of course there are some key things to keep in mind when it comes to bringing your four-legged friend on an airplane and abroad.
Below we outline a few key tips that will make the adventure a little less stressful, for both you and your pup!
5. Review airline, airport and hotel pet policies ahead of time
While of course we think you should be able to take your dog just about anywhere, each airline and airport will have different rules and regulations. In order to make sure you don’t get stuck somewhere unexpectedly, make sure you review these policies.
Nothing could ruin a vacation faster than being turned around at the gate because your pet is unexpectedly not allowed on the flight.
4. Make sure your destination is a good place for dogs!
While most dogs will be happy to join you on almost any trip around the world, it’s probably a good idea to do some research on the best times to travel to your destination in order to ensure it’s not too hot or cold. Any big shifts in temperature and climate can stress some dogs out, so it’s important to make sure that you don’t throw the trip off with these major changes.
And besides just temperature, you’ll also want to make sure the pup won’t be cooped up in a hotel all day either. Look for destinations with parks and other fun places to take them nearby.
Also, look for dog care options in your destination. Chances are you could use a great local dog walker or daytime pet sitter to help you keep your dog happy and busy while you hit some non-dog-friendly locales.
And if your destination simply isn’t very dog-friendly, it’s okay to leave your dog at home in the care of loving pet sitter. Sometimes, that’s the happiest solution for you both.
3. Stay calm and collected to show your dog that everything is ok
Traveling can be stressful, especially in the airport and on a plane. Crowds of people, everyone generally in a rush, and of course just the excitement about a trip perhaps putting out a vibe that something is “off” for your dog.
If you’re acting stressed, or reacting to all the stimulation in the airport, your dog will likely sense this stress, and this isn’t a great way to start a trip.
2. Double-check that identification!
If you’re in a new location, make sure your dog has up-to-date contact information easily accessible on a tag. And keep in mind, if you’re international, it might be worth getting a more detailed tag made for the trip that has international contact information available as well.
We’ve heard from people who get a bigger tag made with things like email and hotel location printed on the tag before the trip in order to ensure the maximum amount of information is available if your dog escapes for their own little adventure.
And speaking of identification – this is also a good time to make sure you have all the appropriate paperwork required to travel with a dog.
1. Bring plenty of “reminders of home” on the trip
Just like we might enjoy having a photograph of our loved ones, your pup is going to love having their favorite toys, treats, and something like a blanket that reminds them of home. These little comforts can make them feel like they’re safe.
While you don’t want to make them feel like something is “off” by giving them too much new attention, it never hurts while traveling to use this time for extra pack time, giving them lots of scratches and cuddles.