Not too long ago, I posted a blog entitled, Dogs in Hotels- Tips for Being a Welcomed Guest. That post covered tips on keeping your dog safe and how to be a guest that a dog friendly lodging establishment would look forward to seeing again!
In this post I’d like to provide you with a few resources you can use to find dog-friendly lodging and offer some tips on traveling with your pet.
Expect the Unexpected When Traveling With your Dog: Breed Discrimination Laws
Be aware of breed-discrimination laws: I recently met a man who made the hard choice to re-home his pit bull when he moved from Dallas, Tx to the Seattle, WA where many (or all?) apartment agreements define certain breeds forbidden. The list of dogs on these lists varies from town to town an State to State. And they can directly impact you when you are traveling. Check with the State and town you plan to visit to be sure that you won’t find you and your dog in the crosshairs of the law. See Go Pet Friendly’s blog post entitled, Pet Travelers Beware: Breed Discrimination Laws, for more information. I agree with Go Pet Friendly in that I oppose breed discrimination laws.
Modes of Transportation May Require Special Documentation
If you are traveling by air, be sure to check with the carrier to be sure that your dog can be on that flight. Bring Fido has detailed article about this and links to various airlines with a summary of their policies. Their post, entitled Airline Pet Policies, also links to other Bring Fido posts:
- Ten Tips for Flying with Fido
- U.S. Travel Regulations
- International Pet Travel restrictions before your trip. Still have questions?
- You can also speak to frequent flyers in Bring Fido’s Air Travel Forum.
Resources and Tips for Traveling With Your Dog:
Pet Friendly Hotels boasts that they have “single largest inventory of pet friendly hotels, motels and accommodations in the United States.”
4. In addition to the information on airline policies listed above, Bring Fido tackles a myriad of additional travel-related article that include:
- Pet Friendly Accommodations
- Pet Services
- Dog Friendly Attractions
- Outdoor Restaurants
- Dog Events
- Dog Pictures
- Dog Forum
- Free Stuff for Pets
What to Pack in Your Travel Kit
No article on Tips for traveling with your dog would be complete without a list of items you should have on board. When traveling– even for a short distance, prepare a kit that includes:
- Collar with current dog tags securely fastened on. Do not use a choke collar for every day use as it may get hung up on something and strangle the dog. Be sure your contact info is up to date.
- Water and bowl.
- Food (kibble in sample sizes or #5 lb packaging keep well).
- Waste bags.
- Rabies certificate.
- Health certificate if needed.
- If your dog might possibly be a flight risk or is old, deaf, blind, or unruly, consider putting a Pet Tracker on his collar. See Marco Polo.
- A crate or a seat belt harness is a good idea.
- NEVER let your dog hang his head out the window. A quick stop could break his neck. And some dogs will jump out of an open window.
- If you must have your dog ride in the back of a truck, be sure he is kenneled and will not get too hot or too cold.