Tips for Travelling with a Dog

This is a guest post by Katie Robinson, a travel writer and blogger living in Chile

Travelling with a dog 

Family holidays are for the whole family. Right?

“Family” may also include your pets…..and why not? They are part of the family after all.

Did you know that travelling with a furry friend is becoming more and more popular. And it doesn’t matter how far you intend on going, travellers are willing to take their pets on flights across the world. If you are planning on going on holiday with your dog this year the important thing is to make the right arrangements and both of you will have a great time.

Here are some tips which should help you to plan your next holiday with your pet:

  1. Label your luggage and your dog
    Make sure you put a collar on your dog with its address. I would recommend having a collar labelling the outward destination details and another for the return journey with the correct information.
  2. You would teach your kids manners…so teach your dog too
    Having a well-trained dog will help you avoid any issues along the way and when you arrive at your destination. If you are staying at a hotel where dogs are permitted you will still need to have a well-mannered doggy companion.
  3. Flying with a dog
    If you are travelling with a small dog, some airlines will allow you to take the animal on if it can be placed in its box under your chair. However, most airlines, such as British Airways for example, will only permit dogs to travel if they are booked with British Airways World Cargo and they will be placed in the aircraft hold.
    Most airlines make exceptions for guide dogs so that they can travel in the aircraft cabin with you. The best thing is to check the terms and conditions of the airline you will be travelling with and remember that animals must be quarantined six months before travel. American Airlines and Iberia have similar terms and conditions to British Airways.
  4. Car holidays with the dog
    Most dogs will have ridden in a car and in many cases they will associate it with going for a walk on the beach or in forest. You should have no problems going on holiday by car with your dog. This is perhaps the easiest way.
  5. Accommodation
    Try and pick a hotel that just doesn’t allow pets, but also welcomes them. Some hotels even offer special facilities and services for dogs so bear this in mind when choosing your accommodation.
  6. Prepare for the unexpected
    Wherever you are going, it is important to make sure you know where to take your dog if it gets sick. Perhaps do some research online to find out where the nearest vet is.

Remember that travelling with your dog can be a wonderful experience, but it does require further planning before you go.

Have you ever traveled with your pet? Care to share your tips and recommendations?
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Author Bio: Katie Robinson is an experienced travel writer and blogger. She is currently living in Chile and writes for Spotted by locals, eDreams and is a guest blogger for a few other blogs.


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