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.

You will need

  • Your dogu2019s vaccination records
  • A dog collar
  • Identification tags
  • A dog crate or restraining harness
  • A sturdy leash
  • Plastic bags
  • Two bowls
  • Dog food
  • Masking tape

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.

Step 2 Get your dog a well-fitting collar that includes an identification tag with your contact information.

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.

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.

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.

Step 6 Feed your dog when you arrive at your destination or when you stop for the day. Include fresh drinking water.

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.