Traveling is a human instinct. Most of us want to get out and see the world and if not, the others still want to bathe in the warm sun with a cold drink. The trouble is, most of us actually have commitments and can’t just go globetrotting.
If we have a house, we need to arrange a house-sitter. If we have a job, we’ve got to book the time off in advance and that limits our vacation options. If we have a dog, we need to find someone to look after it for the duration of our journey.
But did you know your canine friend can actually travel with you? Of course, there are a lot of exceptions, but for the most part, your dog can join you on your travels.
The first thing to do is get your pooch chipped and vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is the biggest obstacle to transporting animals and it’s a very big deal indeed. If you take the precautions first, you’ll have saved yourself a lot of time and effort.
Europe is the best place to travel with a dog and if you’re based in the EU, you’ll be in absolute heaven. You can cross borders and go wherever you please once you land. Just sort out your pet’s passport, get the relevant vaccinations and off you go. No quarantine at all!
If you’re traveling further away, you’ll need to do a great deal of research as your pet may be detained at your expense for up to four months to prevent the spread of diseases. This isn’t an ideal situation at all for anyone, let alone your dog. Each specific country outside of the EU has it’s own rules and it’s worth doing the relevant reading to ensure that your dog is even allowed in the borders of a nation. Some rules involve waiting three months from a blood test before traveling so it’s worth doing the research before you even think of leaving home with the dog.
Flying presents another challenge, but it must be done if you want to travel with your dog. Most dogs are scared of a simple hoover, so you can image the roar of a jet engine will be quite terrifying to a dog. Most of them will get used to it during long flights, but it’s best to ensure that your dog is in complete comfort for the length of the journey. You can outfit an escape proof dog crate to be quite cosy for your pooch.
Travelling with a dog involves a lot of hassle, but if you do your research and heavily consider your options, it will be worth it. It will remove the worry of leaving them behind at home and you’ll create hundreds of new memories with your beloved dog. Most dogs never get the chance to go abroad, so give your dog the opportunity of a lifetime! Just make sure you look after them at all times, as flying and being in a new place will be stressful for them.[clickToTweet tweet=”Don’t leave your dog behind, here’s how you can #travel with man’s best friend: ” quote=”Don’t leave your dog behind, here’s how you can #travel with man’s best friend: “]