Are you planning a trip and still do not know what are you going to do with your dog? It is clear that he is an important member of the family and it is logical that we want to take him with us everywhere, even so we should always be aware that he also has to enjoy the experience.
Before making this decision it is important that we ask ourselves a couple of questions:
Is the trip going to be fun for my dog? Keep in mind if you are going to be able to take him to the excursions and you will spend time with him, or instead he will have to stay many hours alone while you are at a non pet-friendly beach, museums or restaurants.
Does your dog have any fear or is nervous in some situations? Dogs with fears or insecurities can accumulate a lot of stress during a trip or a big change of routine, and show unwanted behavior, especially when they have to face situations for which they are not prepared.
Is my dog’s health good? If your dog suffers from some serious illness or needs periodic veterinary control it is not the best option to alter your life with a leisure trip.
What will you need to take your dog on a trip?
Plan the days and excursions: If you have decided to take your dog with you, the next thing you should do is plan the excursions or daily visits that you will have. Are dogs allowed in all those places you want to visit? Are you going to have to leave your dog at some time alone? Remember that it is very important, even if you are traveling, that your dog keeps some daily routines such as their meals, breaks, walks and games.
Make your dog get used to the carrier: In most means of transport the dogs must go in a closed carrier. Spend time before the trip to get your dog used to him. Do not force the day of the trip or get your dog is nervous throughout the journey. Try to start giving her dinner or a good portion of sweets inside the daily carrier, you will get her to associate positive things to be inside.
Visit the veterinarian: It is convenient to visit the veterinarian a few weeks before starting the trip. A good health check to confirm that your dog is in top form and also confirm that they are up-to-date on the necessary vaccines and worming. The chip and the passport or vaccination card are mandatory when traveling with your dog, whether you are traveling by plane, boat or train or if you are going by car, you should always take them with you. It would not be bad to tell the veterinarian what destination you are traveling to and ask if you need any extra protection on parasites as well as advice to prepare a good emergency kit.
Make the dog suitcase: Prepare a list of everything you think your furry will need in the time you are out. A good dog suitcase should include a bed or blanket on which you can sleep, a towel, your ration of food for the entire trip with your bowls. In addition to your usual necklace or harness and strap, it is worth adding some more in case you lose it. Do not forget his/her favorite toy!
Carry an identification plate on your necklace or harness, keeping in mind that if you go to another country the phone should include +0034 in front so they can locate you when they find you.
What means of transport are we going to use for the trip?
We have already commented that, for dogs, a trip can be a very important stress and bewilderment, but when this trip takes place in a means of transport that also does not take care of the conditions in which our furry ones can assume a truly traumatic experience. Unfortunately nowadays, most transport companies do not try hard enough to work for optimal conditions for our furry travelers, even putting in some cases the life of our companion in danger.
In the car
It is the most recommended way to travel with our partner, and except in particular cases, the medium that reduces stress and problems in our dog.
To make the trip a positive experience for your dog remember to prepare the car for him before the trip: if you go in the trunk without a carrier put a good blanket on the ground and make sure that the network or separation system is properly adjusted before you leave. In case you travel in the rear seats it must be secured by a safety belt adjusted to the harness or separated from the driver by a net. Remember that especially in summer, you must have good sunshades installed and never leave you locked in the car, you can put your life at risk.
Make enough stops during the trip for your hairy to drink water, relieve himself and stretch his legs a little. There are a lot of service areas on all the roads where you can get the dog and play or just let him walk and sniff for a while.
In the airplane
Traveling by plane is not the most pleasant and recommendable experience for a dog, especially when it does not travel with you in cabin.
In addition, not all airlines accept pets on flights. The first thing we should do when planning our trip by plane if we want to take us to the dog is to contact the airline with which we intend to fly and indicate that we want to fly with a dog. Also, depending on the destination, the regulations and requirements may change. They will inform you of the specific conditions.
Keep in mind that you must pay a ticket for your dog, whether it is flying in the hold or in the cabin, and that the number of dogs that can fly on the same flight is reduced, or for that reason it will be convenient to get the tickets with enough time in advance.
In general in Spain/Europe the large airlines allow dogs under 8 kilos (including the weight of the carrier) in the cabin. The rest of the kennels should go on a carrier in the cellar. If you are going to fly with a large dog you should check in with your luggage so it is advisable to go with a little more time in advance to the check-in counters.
On the website of each airline there is a section on the conditions and fees to fly with dogs, it is important to take a look before selecting the company.
Traveling by boat with dog
For those who have as origin or destination islands and want to avoid the plane there is the possibility of traveling by boat with our dog. Almost all the shipping companies will allow you to go in their own carrier.
It is important to keep in mind that your dog, just like you, can get dizzy quite easily by boat. Ask the veterinarian what medication may be good so that the trip is as pleasant as possible.
If you need more information about the conditions about the transport of dogs by boat, the shipping companies also have a section on their website that you can visit or contact your travel agent to take care of this.