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Traveling with a dog

Trigger is our English Chocolate Lab, just over a year and a half old. He has been with us from a puppy and he loves to travel but this is not by accident. When picking a dog we were very specific about our requirements. We wanted:

  1. A family friendly dog

  2. A guard dog but a dog who is also soft and lovable.

  3. A dog that has high energy when needs (we love trail running, hiking, biking). But was also wanted him to be chilled when we are chilling too.

  4. A dog that doesn’t shed hair much …. Well 3 out of 4 isn’t bad!

Trigger was picked for us by the owner as she knew her dogs and the puppies characteristics. I can’t tell you how glad I am that we took the time to do this right. He is everything we asked for and more. I know its not always possible but to be able to match your dog to your family really makes life so much more enjoyable for you all.

Now don’t get me wrong, we have put a lot of time and training into him. We brought him everywhere since a pup, markets, playgrounds, campfires, hikes, trail running, biking… so he is well rounded. All of these factors make a big difference when travelling with your dog and if right, can make life so much easier and less stressful.

For on the road, I tend to keep the following in mind:

  1. Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date and bring documentation to show this. I always bring some extra copies and have a copy saved on my laptop or phone too.

  2. Be prepared for an emergency just like you would for yourself and your family, knowing where the nearest vet/hospital is. There is some excellent Apps in certain Countries for this.

  3. Keep your dog healthy when you travel with exercise, a supply of their regular food and water.

  4. Keep the vehicle well ventilated.

  5. Make sure your dog has identification so they can be returned if lost (A name tag on their collar with a contact number and a microchip).

  6. Bring a recent photo of your dog with you.

  7. Stop for frequent exercise a potty breaks.

  8. Bring bed, food and water bowel, games and toys.

  9. Check local trails, restaurants, trains, buses, planes for their company policies on dogs. Don’t assume it’s a no. There is a lot of people travelling with dogs these days. Dog friendly places and transport has come a long way.

  10. When it comes to boarder crossing, each country differs in their rules and regulations. Early research is key to make this happen smoothly, allowing a lot of time to action anything you need to do.

  11. Be respectful of others. Even though you love dogs, some people don’t and might be terrified of them.

  12. Be wary of other dogs, local dogs are unlikely to be vaccinated and may be territorial. Most will be friendly and love to play.

  13. Very important, never leave your dog unattended in a closed vehicle, especially in extreme weather conditions.

  14. Pick up your pets poop and dispose of it responsibly.

Remember, dogs pick up on the owners feelings. If you're stressed, more than likely your dog will be stressed too. With research and some extra planning, you can take your furry friends along with you on most travel adventures.

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