July 14th, 2022 | Updated on April 14th, 2023
Traveling these days has become very challenging even as a solo traveler. If you are planning to travel with a dog then the challenges multiply quite a bit.
There are going to be a lot of moving parts to coordinate to ensure a smooth trip. If you aren’t prepared then if any of those parts doesn’t click right the whole process gets a wrench in the works.
When you’re prepared, however, then you can enjoy the trip with your dog and plan many more for the future.
To properly plan things out, you’ll need to know what you’re in for. In This article, we will go over several of the basics when it comes to traveling with your dog.
1. Get Pet Insurance
It’s important to have pet insurance even if you aren’t traveling with your dog. It protects you against a surprise vet bill when your dog gets sick or injured unexpectedly.
When you are traveling the risk of something happening to your dog is increased. Having health insurance for your pet will make sure that whatever scenario you find yourself in, you will not end up with an enormous vet bill.
This will give you peace of mind to be able to travel without worrying about something happening. Of course, you want to be diligent and prevent any issues but you have the resources to deal with things when you have insurance.
2. Give Them Plenty Of Exercise
Dogs need to run around and burn off energy. How much exercise a dog needs varies but it is important that you have a plan for getting them active when you are on the road.
This is especially true if you are taking a road trip. Make sure to schedule frequent stops to get out of the car and let them run around a bit.
If you are flying then when you get to your destination the first thing you should try to do is to get the dog outside and able to walk or run for a bit before continuing on.
Once you reach your destination whether you are driving or flying, you should make sure to have a routine for getting them regular exercise.
3. Make Sure He’s Trained
A trained dog is a patient dog so this makes them an ideal travel partner. You should have the dog trained in overall behavioral settings but ask your dog trainer what they can do to help you with any travel-specific issues that they might know about.
If they can help you train your dog to be in a cage in the cargo area of a plane then this is helpful. They may also be able to train the dog to sit still in the car for hours.
One thing is certain, the dog will need to be trained to only do their potty time when you are out of the car and when you say it’s time for them to do it.
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