If you are a dog owner, most likely you belong to or would love to belong to our club of pet travelers. Honestly, who would ignore the thought of taking your little (or not little!) friend with them into adventures? Having a dog inevitably means wanting to share all your positive emotions with it.
Most of the people think that it requires too much of their effort and energy to prepare everything needed for a trip with a pet. This makes them go everywhere alone and leave their pups with family or friends while they are away. For all that, let us cheer you up: If all those thousands of people can easily organize trips for their little beloved creatures, you definitely can too!
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3 Essential Things to Have When Travel with Your Dog
Step 1: Documents and vaccinations.
First of all, prepare all the requested documents that you have to take with you and consider the mandatory vaccinations. These two steps are fundamental. We will further talk about all kinds of stuff to make your trip more convenient, but let us face it: Without documents and vaccines your trip will not even start.
The list of documents and vaccinations may vary depending on your destination and way of going. You may travel within your country or go abroad by train, plane or car. Depending on the option you choose, you will need to adjust the preparation process. For example, it is not a secret that your pet has to be vaccinated for rabies. However, apart from this fact, some countries make it compulsory that it is vaccinated more than 21 days before your trip. The details matter, so we suggest that you have all of those requirements lists formed in one of your phone apps so that you can always check them and properly plan your journey.
It is also convenient to have copies of your pet’s health records saved right there. Of course, you will carry all the originals with you, but if you need to check them quickly, you will not have to look for the paperwork in your backpack. Moreover, as you travel, you may be asked for copies of your dog’s health records, so it is always good to make several copies in advance. This way you can easily provide them once demanded.
Step 2: Check on pet policies on planes or trains.
All of us know that things in life tend to constantly change. We cannot even express how much this is true for pet policies on planes. It seems like they change all the time! Hence, it is vital to double-check the documents required several times before you fly if you do not want to get into an unpleasant situation at the airport. The same goes for trains, even though their policies tend to last longer. While booking your tickets and before setting for your trip, take the time to check their website, read the policies posted, and send a confirmation email or make a call. This will definitely save your nerves.
Step 3: Basic manners.
We are sure you have the loveliest dog in the entire universe. Still, we need to make sure that everyone else thinks so too. It is always nice when other people can enjoy their time and vacation staying just as happy as your pup is. Apart from that, if your pet is well-behaved and knows some basic commands, it will be way easier for you to rent an apartment or take it with you to cafes and other public places. To train your dog, you may find some training courses near your house or try to arrange the process yourself. For that, you can learn more about how to become a dog trainer and teach your pet some basic commands as well as several funny tricks!
We hope that this article was useful to you and that your trips will become more enjoyable with your little friend no matter where you are!