Traveling With Your Furry Friend: Everything You Need to Know

More and more happy pet owners take their beloved companions wherever they go. More and more hotels are becoming pet friendly and there are even workplaces where they let you bring your pet with you. Of course, there are pets that don’t like going everywhere with their owner as they grow rather attached to their home, but there are those that would never leave their owner’s side. Obviously we are referring to dogs. Dogs are happiest when they are spending time with their owners. However, when traveling with your furry friend, in order for your trip to be an awesome experience both for you and your dog, we advise reading our guide.

Traveling With Your Furry Friend

To crate or not to crate?

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Since this is the most common way of doggy transportation, we had to mention it. Do know that it’s okay to feel bad about crating your pooch. No one would want to be crated. However, it is important that you don’t project your feelings onto your dog. Some dogs don’t mind the crate at all. Just make sure that your dog has been well exercised before it goes in the crate. That way it won’t be as active. Of course, make sure that there’s nothing in the crate that could harm your dog. When it comes to driving with your pooch, it’s best to place it in the crate. You won’t be distracted while driving, which is safer for both of you. Don’t feed your dog a lot before the trip as they are prone to motion sickness. If you’re taking a plane, make sure that you check the airline’s rules regarding pet travel. Many require a health certificate and may have other rules. Do know that your pooch will be crated on the plane too.

Local vet

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This is probably one of the most important things to do before the trip. We strongly advise that you research the nearest vet or animal hospital where you’ll be traveling to before you and your pooch embark on your journey. Heaven forbid that there is a situation where your beloved dog needs medical attention and you haven’t a clue where to go or who to contact. That’s why it’s better to come prepared for all eventualities. Therefore, should something unpleasant happen, you won’t have to scramble for necessary pieces of information.


Since there are so many pharmaceuticals for dogs, it can be tempting to medicate your dog in order to calm it down for the trip. However, we wouldn’t recommend doing that. It’s bad to start a pattern that ends with a reliance on pills for you or your pet. You possess all the tools to keep your pet calm with your voice, attitude, and body language. There is no need to sedate your pooch. We are sure that you can make the whole trip perfectly fine for your best friend.

Home routines

You need to know that dogs thrive on healthy routines. That’s why you need to try and do the same stuff with your four-legged friend when you’re away from home. That shouldn’t change only because you’re on vacation, for example. And you’re probably aware of what you need to do. Your pooch needs regular walks, playtime, access to fresh water at all times and good quality pet food, preferably the type your dog eats at home. Therefore, you need to make that happen. If you can’t copy and paste the usual routines one hundred percent, you have to at least give it your best shot. We’d like to denote that you need to pay extra care to your dog’s diet. It would be best if you could feed your pooch the same kind of food it eats at home, but if you need to switch, do it gradually so that you don’t upset your dog’s tummy. Washing the bowl regularly goes without saying!

Hotel stay

Research the hotel thoroughly before you book! Figure out whether the hotel allows pets, that’s the first thing you need to do. Pet friendly hotels will be prepared for your visit and can even recommend parks, hikes and other dog-friendly activities. At other hotels, the only thing fit for a dog is the continental breakfast. It can also be embarrassing if your dog barks or howls in the new room. That’s why you have to stay calm and assertive and take him out for some exercise to calm him. Don’t encourage the barking with affection.

We don’t see why traveling with your dog wouldn’t be a fun experience for both of you. That’s why we have to emphasize once again that you need to be as prepared as possible! Do your homework and everything will be perfectly fine! Safe travels!

About Olivia Williams Jones

Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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