Tips On Preparing Your Dog For Travel

Traveling can be one of the most challenging activities to organize and plan ahead for. It may sound all fun and exciting in planning where to go and stay, and what things to see, but it suddenly becomes real when your dog starts to whimper and complain. While some people resort to just leaving their dogs behind in order to avoid added care while away from home, there are some owners who bring their pets along.

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to bringing your pet along on your travels. While others cite pet-friendly accommodations to be extremely limited, some would say that transportation alone is too cumbersome for them to deal with and so they resort to just leaving their pets behind.

It did not take long for the world of travel and hospitality to realize that people want to travel with their pets without the added hassle. There has been a wider directory of pet-friendly accommodations for those who want to include their furry best friends in on the family vacation photos.

Before bringing your canine friends to your next destination vacation, check out these tips on how to prepare your dogs for travel:

1. Plan your modes of transportation

There has been a development of airline agencies that cater to pet travels so that you know which airlines are pet-friendly. When dealing with the process of acquiring the needed requirements for pet travel, some pet travel agencies can cater to those needs for you.

dog inside car

Traveling by Land

Traveling with your pets may be too much for some people to deal with. If you are thinking of traveling by land, remember to do the following essentials for your trip to go as smoothly as possible.

  • Pack your dog’s I.D. along with a pet bed, extra water and toys to keep them entertained.
  • Make sure to train your dog in its puppy years on how to behave in the car in order to reduce the chaos that comes with the sudden shift of environment.
  • Keep in mind to be calm and patient when it comes to dealing with your dog in order to minimize accidents in the car.

Travellng by Air

If flying is your mode of travel, make sure that your dog is traveling with proper I.D. tags. According to, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that owners keep their dogs’ medical records updated and bring copies during travel. If you are planning to travel internationally with your dog, the Center for Disease Control advises in contacting the nation’s embassy in order to learn what the custom policies are regarding pet travel.

The Federal Aviation Administration also provides information on what to prepare when traveling with your pet by air. The American Veterinary Medical Association also recommends to check with the airline and verify if they require an acclimation certificate for your dog. If the process becomes too confusing, check with companies like Pet Airways or PetAir travel agencies to look for pet-friendly flights or if you want an agent to take care of your pet travel affairs.

2. Consider Pet Lodging

You need not worry about whether the hotel you check in will be willing to take in you and your furry companion. The Internet can be especially helpful in providing sites for your hotel queries for you and your dog.


Lodging can be a bit of a challenge if you do not know where to go that can accommodate you and your dog. Fortunately, some websites that can help you find any pet-friendly accommodation in the United States.

However, if you have an acquired taste for the fancier lodgings, some luxury hotels offer pet concierge services. These services may include pet-walkers and pet sitters for your convenience.

If most of your activities require to leave your pet behind, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters can help you obtain a sitter anywhere in the United States. If you are traveling internationally, you can locate a sitter through Pet Sitters International.

Outdoor Destinations

If camping is in your vacation plans, keep in mind that the National Park Service has limits when it comes to pets roaming freely, especially dogs. Make sure to contact your park destination ahead of time to see if there are any additional pet precautions that need to be taken. Keep your dog on a leash at all times.

3. Be Mindful of Pet Safety

A little safety never hurt anybody. Just as you are prepared for the event that you may fall ill while on travel, prepare yourself as well when your dog also starts feeling under the weather.

Pre-Travel Health Precautions

Make sure that your pet has all the updated, proper vaccinations and shots prior to travel. Be sure to have a copy on hand because it may be necessary to show proof of vaccinations, depending on the destination. Some veterinarians also suggest a microchip for your pet in the event that you are separated from them.

A Veterinarian Away From Home

It may be a long shot but it is best to be prepared in the event that your pet suddenly falls ill. Keep a record of their medical history on hand and you may also access American Animal Hospital Association site in order to locate the nearest veterinarian wherever you may be. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also provides a national veterinary locator for all.

Though there no known international veterinary hotlines, some countries have hotlines for your veterinary needs. The United Kingdom has the British Veterinary Association, while veterinary assistance can be found through the Ordre National Des Veterinaires in France.

dog travel by boat


When it comes to traveling with your dog, there are a bevy of situations to consider. You need not leave your dog behind just because you feel like the trip will become a burden on you and your dog. With careful planning comes step-by-step preparations that can eventually lead to a hassle-free vacation for you and your dog alike.

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Madona is the writer at Barkily.