How to Travel with Your Dog

No one wants to leave Fido behind when they head out. With a little planning, you can make your next trip a great one for you and your four-legged friend.


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You Will Need

  • Your dog’s vaccination records
  • A dog collar
  • Identification tags
  • A dog crate or restraining harness
  • A sturdy leash
  • Plastic bags
  • Two bowls
  • Dog food
  • Masking tape


  1. Step 1

    Update your dog's vaccinations and get a copy of the records. They are important if your dog is boarded or requires emergency care during the trip.

  2. Step 2

    Get your dog a well-fitting collar that includes an identification tag with your contact information.

  3. If the phone number on your dog’s tags isn’t one where you can be reached, use masking tape to add a temporary contact number.

  4. Step 3

    Get a properly labeled, airline-approved crate for your dog if you'll be flying. Ask the airline what papers you need to bring.

  5. Step 4

    Determine where your dog should ride in the car. In a crate is the safest place, but a restraining harness with seat belt attachment will also work.

  6. Don’t let your dog ride with his head out the car window or in the bed of a truck. Injuries can result from flying debris or from sudden starts and stops.

  7. Step 5

    Stop frequently for exercise and bathroom breaks. Use plastic bags to clean up after your dog. Offer your dog fresh water in a bowl.

  8. Dogs can get carsick on long trips. Avoid feeding your dog for three hours prior to a trip to relieve carsickness.

  9. Step 6

    Feed your dog when you arrive at your destination or when you stop for the day. Include fresh drinking water.

  10. Step 7

    Give your dog a short walk to let him relax and unwind. He’s had a big day, and now you can both enjoy some well-earned down time.

  11. Two dogs were among the survivors of the Titanic.