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Traveling with your dog can be loads of fun if you know what to do and set-up the right arrangements. Finding, and organizing your dogs travel will ensure that you and your furry friend will have the best dog friendly time possible.
By Automobile: Article 169 of the Highway Code - Legislative Decree no. 285/1992 - is very precise: "It is forbidden to transport a pet in conditions that constitute an impediment or danger to driving." In other words, a single dog can travel pretty much where it wants, as long as it will not prevent the driver. The automobile is usually the best way to travel with dogs. If you own a vehicle, chances are your dog has ridden in it for trips to the vets, the park and so on. If not, now is the time to start. If the journey is long, take a break every two hours to make it stretch and relax a bit in peace. 6-8 hours before the flight is preferable to leave them on an empty stomach The dog senses the vibrations mood of his master then always keep a calm attitude while driving.
First, the familiarity of the dog with the passenger spaces is fundamental: let them gradually discover the interior of the car, initially leaving the doors open, then a second step with the doors closed and the engine running, and finally try with a short trip. Don't forget to get the right dog cage along with the right waterproof car seat covers - travall offers a wide variety that are of high quality in the right price tag.
Choose a soothing soundtrack that will keep the pets relaxed away from the pet barriers. Avoid accelerating or braking suddenly when there is not necessary. Leave a glimmer of the open window to circulate the air, but do not try to make the dog look out the window, as it could cause him otitis. Maintain a more constant temperature inside the car space.
By Ferry: There are many ways to cross the shining seas or get to the other side of a lake. Most ferries in Europe and the USA/Canada allow us dogs to travel, however most require you to either be below deck in your owner's car or have your owner book you a kennel on board. It is not a bad way to travel especially when the other option is that you could get stuck staying at home. Did you know you can even cross the Atlantic in style on the Queen Mary 2, which offers a kennel service on board and is available on all crossings between New York and Southampton in either direction. The kennel is overseen by a full-time Kennel Master who takes care of responsibilities such as feeding, walking and cleaning the spacious kennels. Remember each cruise and ferry line has different rules regarding the method of transporting pets aboard the ship.
Here are some general tips for smooth sailing: In order to be able to make your journey as easy as possible you should check with the ferry service that you are thinking of booking and check the rules for that company.
Usually you will need to inform the ferry company at the time of booking if you will be travelling with your dog. Especially if you are going to book a kennel with a ferry company that lets you walk on with your dog.
Best time to book travel on a ferry is after my morning walk.
While travelling in Europe most if not all ferries comply with the Pet Travel Scheme. So get your passport and Chip, you are a travelling dog now.
A certificate of good health may be required indicating that your dog is healthy enough for travel, is free of diseases communicable to humans and has been properly vaccinated.
In many cases, your destination will be another country on the ferry or cruise line, and it will be necessary that you have the proper documents to enter that country with your dog.
Remember that most ferries do not allow us dogs in the passenger areas - with the exception of certified sensing dogs.
Most ferries charge a small fee for dogs to travel, regardless if you are in your owner's car.
Some ferry companies only accept dogs with foot passengers with a RSPCA approved carrier. The carrier is usually left in a designated area on the car deck for the duration of the journey. Always purchase your dog carrier well in advance of your trip so that the dog can get used to it.
Please remember to leave your dog with water within the car and leave the window slightly open to give your dog a comfy journey.
If you are allowed by the ferry company, visit your dog during the journey.
By Trains: There is as many rules for dogs as there are train companies in Europe. Most are dog friendly. Travelling with your dog via train in Europe is a great experience and a wonderful way to see France, Italy, Switzerland and a dozen other dog friendly countries. In the U.K. National rail is happy to have you, however have your owner check the rules for other train lines operating in England. In fact it is always a good thing to have your owner check the rules before you head off on vacation, no dog wants to be left at the station. Most trains in Europe will allow you to travel with your owner, with the exception of the Eurostar. Currently they will not let you on as a passage, how rude is that!
Here are some tips wagging Ejourney : ) In most cases, small dogs like me travel free or at a minimal charge, my large dog friends usually have to by a half travel 2nd class fare, even if traveling with their owners in 1st class. Your owners can buy this ticket when they purchase their ticket or they can pay directly to the conductor.
All us dogs must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket or crate If you are not on your lead then you should be in your pet carrier. Let your owner know It must be rigid and not open so that you can't sneak out and head to the dining cart also I should be to stand and lie down in comfort.
Speaking of dining cars, we are not allowed in there at all. This is why it is a good idea that your owner brings treats or a chew to keep you occupied and perhaps a snack for them as well.
For over-night sleeping carriages the rules vary from Train Company to train company, however generally you are allowed so long as the sleeping carriage is exclusively your owners. So if you are travelling with two, your owner should not be charged, however if it is just you and one owner, they will have to cough up extra cash to book the sleeping carriage exclusively for both of you. Make sure they also check to see if the train company charges a cleaning fee.
Speaking of extra fees, do not sit on the seats, or your owner is going to get charged extra.
Best place for you is actually under the seat if you can fit, on your owner's lap or by their feet. Lying around the aisle is not the best place due to it blocks your fellow travellers from moving around.
IMPORTANT #1: By-law 16 allows the train company to refuse carriage or entry to you. If you cause a nuisance or inconvenience to other passengers and objects to your presence, your owner and you must move to another part of the train or put in a suitable container in the guard's van/luggage van where available. When you are carried in the guard's van/luggage van, other than those in a container, you must be secured with collar and chain and properly muzzled! At if that does not work you may be asked to leave the train altogether.
IMPORTANT #2: Make sure your owner has your dog registration certificate or doggie "passport". They may have to produce this certificate when purchasing your ticket, if applicable, and they might have to show it during transit. If found without a certificate on board, you are owner will be fined and both of you will have to get off the train at the next stop.
By Air: Air travel for dogs is not my favorite way to travel, but sometimes its they only way I can get to our new destination. I know you do not think of us as cargo, but most airlines think we are just that. The cargo hold does not make for a pleasant travel experience, even for relaxed dogs. Small dog owners are in luck, though, some airlines will allow you to bring your dog in a carrier if it can fit under the seat in front of you. For most dogs over 8 kg, you end up in cargo, in a crate, with some water, paper lining your cage and a smelly t-shirt from your owner. Once you have decided on the perfect pet carrier, be sure to book your flight reservation early, as many airlines allow only a certain number of in-cabin pets per flight. Before booking any trip, always check with the airline for the most up-to-date information about how to fly in-cabin with your pet.
Some airlines allow dogs to travel in the passenger cabin, however you need to be tiny! You and your carrier need to fit under the airline seat and it has to comfortable enough for you to stay in it for the whole journey and you do not get an inflight meal either. Your owner will also have to get you an approved air carrier bag. the Gucci handbag will not cut it.
Hotels: If you will be staying at a hotel while traveling with your dog, cover all your bases in advance. A pet-friendly hotel is more than just one that allows dogs - it is one that welcomes them. It's the 21st century and finally it's not hard to find dog-friendly lodging all over the world. There are hotel chains that cater to dogs, websites that promote dog happy accommodations, and some hotels that go out of their way to make a dogs stay special. However your owner still needs to check and confirm that their dog will be welcomed to avoid an awkward moment at check-in.
TIPS FOR HOTEL BEING Packs a bag just for you. - It should include all of your favorite things, such as your favorite blanket or bed, a towel for the beach or cleaning me up if I get muddy, a couple of toys, some chews or treats, bowls, and my favorite food.
Double-check pet fees and restrictions - Some will restrict on the size of your dog, or the number of dogs you can bring. Some hotels charge extra fees for dogs or extra cleaning charges for the room. Also have them check if the hotel takes a damage deposit and make sure that it is refundable if no damage has been done.
Check to see where your dog can hang out in the hotel. - Are dogs allowed in the lobby? Pool area? Dining? It's no fun if we dogs have to sneak in and out from some side door.
Location - Ask the hotel if there are good places to take your dog for a nice walk and that there are some nice green spaces that are safe and dog friendly. Check Google maps and ask the hotel if it's a good place for dogs.
Look and Ask for dog perks - Many hotels have and offer special services for us dogs. Especially if we are not interested in being dragged around while you go to museum to museum. Services could range from dog sitting, dog walking, and my all-time favorite, spa services and pet centric activities! Also check if they offer special beds, treats and dog friendly room service.
Rooms - If your dog is not comfortable being in elevators ask for a ground floor room.
Try to avoid the dreaded "pet room" - Usually these rooms are older with worn furnishings. Make sure your owner asks how the pet rooms differ from the rest of the hotel.
Camping: Camping with your dog can be the perfect way to spend time together while enjoying nature right in front of your nose. There is nothing better than camping - being outdoors with nature right in front of your nose. Fresh clean air, beautiful views and wonderful sounds of nature, what more could a dog want? Remember we can keep you warm, help devour your scraps, and just be your happy mate. But when you bring your dog along on a camping or backpacking trip you need to make extra plans specifically for your pooch. Some things to think about:
Make sure your dog is vaccinated, and that you have proof of rabies. Get a health check and certificate from your veterinarian.
Don't forget an identification tag with the name of the park, campground, or "Contact park ranger" on it. Add your mobile number as well. Some parks allow dogs on trails, some don't.
By the same token, some allow dogs into their campgroundsand public areas, some do not. Call ahead to your intended destination and find out what the rules are before you make plans to bring your dog. Just as you would not expect yourself to complete a long hiking trek without training, you must train your dog, as well.
If your dog is only used to strolling streets and sniffing at the park, a long distance trek could really stress your dog. So, start a training schedule as you would your own - slowly with a gradual increase in distance. Remember to pack your dog's favorite food, along with dishes. Also bring along some chew toys, play toys and snacks to keep your dog happy during the trip.
Bring a thick foam pad or your dog's bed if nights will be chilly. Another great idea is to pack a lightweight camping crate like the Deluxe Soft Crate if you'd prefer not to share your tent with your pooch. Also a towel just in case your dog gets muddy or rolls in something smelly.
If your pooch is over 20 pounds (10 kg) he can carry his own things in a backpack as well as some of yours. Pack only unbreakable items in your dog's pack. Make sure to let your dog practice carrying his loaded pack around the neighborhood before you take him on the trail. Start with walks using an empty pack and gradually add items to get your dog used to the extra weight.
Remember a first aid kit for yourself and your dog. Additional items for dogs might include tweezers or pliers for removing thorns or porcupine quills, a sock in case a paw is injured, adhesive tape, and a disposable razor for shaving fur from around a wound. Bring your dog's retractable leash and an extra one in case one is lost or broken. Leashing your dog on the trail will keep him safe, and retractable models store away easily without tangling. Pack plenty of water. Dogs cannot cool off by perspiring like we do.
Are you a road warrior or a road worrier? Twenty years ago when I started traveling with dogs, I admit I fell into the latter category. How could I possibly visit friends across the country and make sure my dog was not left behind? Back then folks used to do a double take when I mentioned traveling with my dog. Today, we know better and we travel more frequently with Fido in tow. When you are planning a trip, you have dozens of details to worry about...
If you add a pet to the mix, those details may begin to feel overwhelming. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or moving to a new place, that does not mean you have to leave your dog behind. Here are some tips to show you how to keep yourself and your pet calm and comfortable, no matter what distance or mode you travel. This information will help you and your dog navigate every phase of the journey, from planning and packing to boarding and feeding.
Prepare for Your Journey Pre-travel preparation is one of the most important parts of successfully traveling with or without a pet. By making the right plans, you can save yourself and your pet much discomfort or even trouble. Here are some key things you should do before you set out:
HEALTH CERTIFICATES Some certificates and diseases below might be abbreviated:
CVI: Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
OHC: Official Health Certificate
HC: Health Certificate
EIA: Equine Infectious Anemia
VS: Vesicular Stomatitis
CEM: Contagious Equine Metritis
EVA: Equine Viral Arteritis
Rehearse With Your Pet: If your pet has never been on a long journey before, get them ready by taking them on short drives and then increase the time gradually. Be sure to put them in their crate every time, so they get used to it faster. Take a walk around the airline terminal or station to get them familiar with the smells and sounds. Reward your dog for good behavior and talk reassuringly to them.
Take a Relaxing Walk Before Boarding: It helps to let your pet walk or run around before boarding the plane, bus, boat, or train. See if there are any areas outside of the airport or station for a quick round of exercise. This will help both you and your pet expend excess energy and be more tired during the flight, which will make for a peaceful journey.
Buy the Right Crate or Carrier: If you are buying a shipping crate for your dog, be sure it is IATA approved. Any crate or carrier should be large enough for your pet to sit, stand, and turn around in with ease. It should be secure enough not to slip around when the vehicle or plane moves or stops.
Prepare the Crate for Comfort: Line it with absorbent bedding, like shredded bits of paper or cloth. Before you leave, freeze a small bowl of water, which will melt when your pet gets thirsty and won't spill during loading time. Close the crate securely but never lock it, so it can be opened for feeding or emergencies. Attach a bag of dry food or seed to the outside of the carrier or crate, so your pet can be fed during a long trip or layover. Last but not least, be sure to attach your dog's identification to the crate to avoid misplacing them.
No Crate, No Problem: If you don't plan to use a crate in the car, be sure your pet rides safely with its head inside the window at all times. Keep pets in the back seat in a harness you can attach directly to the seat belt buckle.
Research the Dog Rules of Your Destination If you are traveling internationally or even between states, check the requirements of your destination country, city, town, or state. The rules and laws may be different from your state or country of origin. Many countries and states have specific health, vaccination, and quarantine regulations. You can verify these rules by visiting the official embassy website of the country. More countries are starting to require pets to have a microchip implant, which is an effective way to find your pet if it gets lost or runs away. Ask your pet care specialist about getting one for your dog - they are inexpensive and could save you a lot of heartaches!
Contact A Specialist Pet Relocation Company Just as a pet owner should go to a vet for specialist veterinary advice, or to a relocation company to move their furniture, pet owners should contact a specialist Pet Relocation Company for all the peculiar requirements for the destination, route, crating, air carriers, transit stops etc. that will be required. Every country and every carrier is different and the rules are inclined to change at any time. This Association IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association ) has specialist members throughout the world.
Learn About Your Airline's Pet Policy Just like different countries have different rules, traveling with pets can vary by airline as well. Make sure you are informed about all requirements and restrictions before flying with a pet in the plane and the terminal, too. Try to book a direct flight so you won't have to deal with stopovers. Moving your pet from one plane to another could be stressful and increase the chances of losing them.
You will also need to make different arrangements for in-cabin pet travel versus cargo pet travel. Sometimes, smaller "pocket pets" are allowed in the cabin, like birds, hamsters, and reptiles. Larger animals like dogs and cats are usually housed in a back area. Ask about the environment they will be in while on the plane to see if you need to provide extra blankets, water, or even a comfort item like their favorite stuffed animal. Most airlines have specific web pages that describe their policies on pets, as well as how to make in-cabin or cargo arrangements. Here some links to specific pages with airline information about traveling with pets.
Prepare for Other Modes of Travel With Your Pet Even if you don't plan to fly, you will likely still need to transport your pet via at least 1 mode of transportation. If you have a travel crate or kennel for your pet, that is ideal; especially because they will be in unfamiliar surroundings and may feel threatened or uneasy.
Cabs, Rideshares, and Taxis: Because there are so many cab companies, you will want to ask about their pet policies when you call for a ride or before you get into the car.
Rental Vehicles: When leasing a vehicle, talk directly to the rental company to find out about their dog policy before the trip. You may need to sign an agreement or pay a small deposit upfront.
Buses and Trains: Many buses and trains, including Amtrak, allow small cats and dogs on certain routes, so be sure to ask ahead of time before you board.
Boats: Boats: The same goes for boats as for other types of transportation, even the smaller commuter versions. Take time to call them or check the website so you know their pet policy.
Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle to avoid dangers like theft, heatstroke, and freezing. As a responsible dog owner, you need to gauge the mode of travel depending on your dog's temperament. You want to protect your pet, but you also want to protect others from scratches, bites, messes, and undue noise.
Find Dog-Friendly Accommodations Although many hotels allow pets, others may prohibit them. If you don't want to get stuck with a hotel that is not pet-friendly, make sure to do your research before you book. Even if you know that your hotel welcomes pets, you should make sure you have a room where pets are specifically allowed. Some hotels may have particular rooms for pet owners. In addition, most hotels will specify the animal's type, size, weight, and other things, so be sure to review all their rules and ask any questions before you arrive. You can also search for pet-friendly hotels, as most establishments readily publish their information online on their official website.
Schedule a Pre-Trip Checkup With Your Veterinarian Pet owners are advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to let their vets know as soon as travel becomes a possibility. It may take several appointments before all the paperwork and vaccinations are complete, so plan your vet visits well in advance of your trip.
Immunizations, Certificates, and Tests: Certain countries may require blood tests, rabies certificates, and specific vaccines as much as 6 months in advance of travel. Failure to abide by these rules could lead to separation from your pet in your destination country, because officials may need to quarantine your pet upon arrival.
Medications and Flea Prevention: If your pet is on any medications, special food, or requires flea and tick prevention, make sure to get a sufficient supply from your vet to last through the trip and a few weeks beyond.
Stress Reduction for You Both: In addition to any essential blood tests, vaccinations, medication, and paperwork, your vet can also inform you about treatments that could make the journey with your pet less stressful. For example, getting a microchip implant for your pet could calm concerns about losing your pet while away from home. Also, asking your vet about sedation options for the trip could be a good idea if your pet is susceptible to anxiety.
Prepare Your Pet and Pack the Essentials Create a list and stock up on all the things that will increase your dog's comfort during the flight. You should ensure that you have a spacious carrier that is appropriate for travel. If you plan to fly, your airline will specify the requirements. Some items you should acquire and prepare include the following:
Get Your Pet Comfortable With the Carrier: Give your pet plenty of time to get used to the carrier at home by leaving it out with the door open. Put their favorite bed or blanket inside, leave a toy or treat, and praise them for going in on their own. Don't push it, just give your pet time to adjust.
Invest in Calming Products: You might also want to consider anxiety-reducing products like a pheromone collar or lavender oil, which you can sprinkle inside the carrier for a calming effect. Another accessory to consider is a pet calming vest, which applies gentle pressure to specific areas to reduce anxiety. If your pet has a beloved blanket, stuffed animal toy, or even a shirt that smells like you, place that inside the carrier for comfort.
Important! - Make sure no tranquilizer is used on your pet that will reduce their blood pressure. This is especially dangerous at altitude for brachycephalics.
Pack Items for Restraining: Make sure you have collars, leashes, muzzles, safety vests, and other items that will help you keep your pet under control at all times.
Think Comfort: Check the weather and environmental conditions where you will be going. Be sure to pack collapsible water bowls, treats, toys, rain jackets, swimming safety vests or any other items your pet could use.
Prepare a Pet Travel Kit: Depending on the mode of transportation, pack the essential items for your dog, including:
A small amount of dry food A small collapsible bowl Medications and first aid items Travel documents, like a rabies certificate A favorite soft toy, blanket, or pillow Treats and dental chews Your veterinarian's contact information
Watch Your Dog's Diet If you can keep to your dog's accustomed diet for a while after arrival, it will help to avoid stomach upsets. Your dog will be out of sorts in unfamiliar territory, so changing up its diet could spell disaster. Your pet will most likely be hungry after the long trip, so do your best to ensure they have the food they need to keep them energetic and healthy. Here are some ways to keep your pet on course:
Dry Food: Depending on the mode of travel and destination, if you use a dried food, you can probably carry enough with you for a couple of weeks. You can also research the location to see if you can purchase some food upon your arrival, or even have it shipped there. Some hotels will have your dog's favorite food on hand if you set things up ahead of time. In this case, planning is crucial.
Canned or Fresh Food: If you normally use canned or fresh food, it may be worth getting your pet used to a completely dry food diet before you travel. If they must have canned or fresh food, you will need to make sure you can either buy it or ship it to your final destination.
Seeds: If you plan to transport a bird or small animal that eats seeds, be sure to check the country you plan to go. Some places will not allow certain types of seeds into their country.
Plan for Emergencies and the Unexpected The U.S. Department of State recommends pet owners have an emergency plan in case they need to send their pets back home or leave them behind in the destination country. The plan should include:
Who to Call: Your contact information, as well as your veterinarian's.
How to Care: Instructions about your dog's care and feeding, including medications and preventative treatments.
Where to Stay: Contact details of at least 1 trusted person or facility with whom your pet could stay, both in the destination country and back at home.
How to Pay: Instructions on financial and medical resources your dog might need in an emergency situation and accessibility details, like phone numbers and hours of operation.
Keep Your Dog Calm and Comfortable During the Journey You may be feeling stressed on the big travel day, but it is important your pet sees you as calm and collected. Here are some tips from the ASPCA to help make your journey go as smoothly as possible:
Talk to All the Airline Staff: Tell every airline employee or personnel that you have a pet traveling with you. If your pet is traveling in the cargo area of the plane instead of the cabin, you may want to confirm they have loaded your pet onboard. This is especially important if you and your pet take multiple connecting flights. Sometimes airline staff will voluntarily approach pet owners on the plane once their pets have been loaded safely onboard, but this is not always the case. If you haven't already been notified of your dog's whereabouts before takeoff, don't be afraid to politely request confirmation from the airline staff.
Keep Your Dog Hydrated and Fed, But Not Full: Just like their human counterparts, pets should not have heavy meals before flying. Feed your pet between 3-4 hours prior to leaving. Be sure to give your dog a bathroom opportunity close to departure time. Just like humans, pets get dehydrated while traveling and during flights due to the plane's air filtration system. If possible, give your pet some bottled water to drink during the flight, but not an excessive amount as that will increase the chance of a messy accident. If you are unable to monitor your dog's in-flight hydration, you should ensure they get rehydrated immediately after the flight. Be aware that drinking water that comes from a place your pet is not used to can cause digestive problems. On other modes of transportation, like buses and trains, water may not be easily accessible, so find out if you can carry bottled water for your dog. If not, make sure they have water on board for your dog. You will need to do your research to make sure your pet has all the necessities and is well-cared for, no matter what mode of transportation you choose.
Enlist in the Latest Pet Resources Keeping your dog comfortable and healthy while traveling requires a certain amount of planning and preparation, but it is well worth the time. You will both enjoy the trip more and arrive ready to go! There are a number of gadgets and apps to help make your trip safer and easier, such as:
Pet Trackers: There are a variety of GPS pet tracking devices, like the Nuzzle Collar, that will alert the owner when the pet exits a pre-designated area.
Pet Insurance: You can go online to easily find a dog insurance plan that suits your budget and your pet's needs.
Pet Travel Apps: Install a pet travel app to help you find pet-friendly places and share your travels with friends and family, such as FIGO's Pet Cloud and Bring Fido.
Sickness: how to deal with it A drawback for the dog could be the "sickness", caused by the movement on the labyrinth of the inner ear. But do not worry! It is a matter of habit and just goes step by step: first with short trips and straights, and gradually making more long paths with curves. Other four-legged friends instead associate the drive to an unpleasant experience, such as going to the vet in this case it is necessary to vary the destinations of your wanderings: take him to the park to run around, give him an award and let them know new environments. By applying this set of rules and good habits, you will guarantee your family a trip in safety and comfort: your 4-legged friend will be deeply grateful!
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Do you enjoy the sun on your back, the wind in your hair and the joy of seeing new places, new cultures or the thrill of the open road? If so, you might just be a travelholic. And it's okay because chances are, your dog is too! So, what if you could bring your furry friend on all your adventures? Taking a memorable trip with your dog could easily be one of the most rewarding experiences of both of your lives. In fact, there are countless stories of people who have taken their pups on some pretty incredible adventures, and there are even some animals who made epic journeys all by themselves. So, if you are ready to hit the open road or head to the airport, here are 10 tips and tricks to help ensure your pooch is the perfect travel buddy:
Safety First !!! No matter how you plan to travel, it's extremely important to take all necessary safety precautions. If you are driving, ensure that your dog uses a seat belt, crate or some other form of containment or restraining device, because in the event of an accident, no one wants to go flying through the windshield, including your dog. If you will be flying, understand that unless your four-legged friend is a service dog or an emotional support animal, you will have to pay additional airfare for your animal. Most airlines require that your dog either fit completely underneath the seat in front of you, otherwise he or she must travel in the plane's cargo hold. Note: this doesn't apply to assistance animals! The important thing to remember is that each airline has different standards when it comes to flying with a pet, so be sure to read-up beforehand.
Stock a first aid kit. Whether your and your pet are going hiking or just driving to visit grandma, it's important to have a first aid kit on hand. Buy a pre-packaged kit with essentials such as gauze, gloves, medical tape, bandages, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant. We suggest also bringing Benadryl for possible allergic reactions, hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting in the event that your pet has gotten ahold of something he shouldn't have, and in case your pet has damaged a nail, cornstarch will stop the bleeding. Download the Pet First Aid app from the Red Cross for tips on how to handle various injuries.
Choose Your Destination Wisely If you are bringing your dog, it's important to choose locations that both of you will enjoy. Visiting national parks and monuments, roadside attractions, lush scenery and even other countries can not only create fond memories, but can also help two of you bond even more. It's also important to plan your trip well by ensuring the places you intend to visit are dog-friendly. Do some research and check all the guidelines before you hit the road with your furry companion.
Plan Ahead Regardless of the time of year you decide to travel with your dog, special considerations must be made due to the weather. If you plan on traveling during the warmer summer months, you may need to make adjustments to your destination if you have a flat-faced dog or one with a very thick coat. Likewise, some short-haired dogs may not fare so well in the snow. Either way, you can overcome any of these issues, so long as you choose your destination wisely and take all necessary precautions, such as packing extra water or winter clothes for your dog. Remember: proper planning prevents disaster.
Pack for Pooch After you have packed all your bags, be sure to pack one for your dog too. Before you set out on your great adventures, make sure that your dog has everything that he or she will need en route and at your final destination. Start with the essential items, such as food, bowls, toys and treats, a towell, some waste bags and plenty of water. Next, pack any medications or other necessities. Throw in some ginger or pumpkin, it does wonders for a dog's upset stomach, and another great idea is children's benadryl. Here's a full list of medicine that's safe for dogs:
Additionally, you may want to pack other things, such as extra towels, an extra leash, shot records and the contact information for local animal hospitals or veterinarians at your destination.
Stay Up to Date Proper identification is extremely important for your dog when traveling. Before you leave home, make sure that your dogs identification tags are up to date with your current contact information. Also, be sure to bring fido's shot record and proof of rabies vaccination, just in case.
Don't Rush! It's important to take your time when traveling with your dog. When planning your trip, be sure to select a route that has frequent rest stops, roadside attractions, national parks or other places of interest because you and your dog will both want to stop, stretch your legs, explore and relieve yourselves. Remember, it isn't the destination, so much as the journey, that you will both remember fondly for years to come. So take your time and enjoy it!
Practice Off-Leash Skills If you want to give your dog an extra dose of freedom on your adventure, plan ahead and look for places that allow dogs to be off their leashes. Although most National Parks require dogs to be on a leash at all times, there are many places where your dog can run free, such as dog parks, dog beaches and hiking trails. It's one thing for your dog to come in from the backyard when you call, but what about when your dog is surrounded by new sights, smells or other dogs? Your dog's attention span may be easily overwhelmed by all the new stimuli. That's why it's helpful during training, to reward them with plenty of treats when they do come.
Ruffing It Whether you will be staying in a tent or a hotel, be sure to plan ahead and bring something your dog can sleep in. A familiar kennel, dog bed or favorite blanket can help ease your pup to sleep by providing a refreshing dose of familiarity or routine. Also be sure to squeeze in plenty of play and training time with your dog, especially in a new environment. Try and stick to any existing routines you may have. Doing these things will show your dog that although the scenery may change, your relationship remains constant.
Let Your Dog Carry His Own Weight Giving your dog a job to perform is a great way to help your dog feel happy and like a member of the team. If your dog is comfortable with wearing a backpack, the possibilities for him to be your little helper are endless! He can help carry food, water or supplies while hiking, camping, or even while just walking around town. If your dog has never worn a backpack, you can quickly train them to by starting at home. The first step is to give the dog lots of treats as you put the backpack on and adjust the straps. Next, spend a few minutes playing with your dog as they wear the strange, new contraption and finally, go on a short walk together so that your dog can get the hang of wearing his new swag. Treats help.
Get an ESA Letter for Travel Lastly, if you are one of the 61.5 million Americans, who will suffer from a mental or emotional disability this year, you may qualify for your dog to be an emotional support animal. To clear up a common misconception about ESAs: the dog doesn't require any kind of specialized training or certification but rather, the owner just needs a letter from a licensed mental health professional. If you qualify for an Emotional Support Animal Letter, then you will be able to bring your pup with you in the cabin of any commercial aircraft on any domestic flight, free of charge. In fact, millions of Americans already benefit from having an ESA. If you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, or another qualifying condition, and you feel that your dog helps alleviate your symptoms, then you should click below to see if you qualify.
Don't forget the paperwork. Before you hit the road, make sure all of your pet's tags, including his identification and rabies, are up to date. Be prepared for emergencies by bringing copies of medical records and vaccinations. Air travel requires a health certificate and possibly other documents depending on the airline and destination. If you are traveling internationally, check with that country for requirements specific to their region. That's critical. It's also a good idea to have your pet microchipped and make sure the record is current in case you get separated.
Print out a picture. Practically every pet owner's phone is filled with pictures of their furball and that can come in handy. But you can't print that out and give it to someone. You can't make a poster or flier when you are in a panic and on the road. Carrying a printed photo is an additional level of security. It's also helpful when you are trying to find your pet at the airport at cargo pickup.
Prepare for takeoff. While we get snacks and movies on demand, flying isn't nearly as fun for animals. In fact, Theisen says that unless airline travel is necessary, you are better off leaving them at home or finding another mode of transportation. Typically, only dogs and cats under 10 pounds are allowed in the cabin, and larger ones must go in the cargo hold. Be sure to check with the airline before you book, as rules vary widely - as do fees and number of pets allowed. Most airlines don't allow you to put anything in the transport crate besides food, water, and a blanket due to ingestion risk, but a blanket that smells like home can help relax them. Figure out which water bowl you are going to use, freeze treats and kibble in that dish, and then when it's loaded into the plane, the water doesn't spill, and it's encouraging for them to work on the ice block to get to treats and keep them occupied.
Do a trial trip. To keep your pet calm and comfortable during the big journey, do a few practice runs beforehand. Start by simply having her get in the carrier and rewarding her. Do this often, and increase the amount of time she is in the carrier each time. Then have her practice being in the carrier while you drive around the block or go to the dog park. It's important to place toys in the carrier and reward her often for behaving well during this practice. Generally, dogs will come to think of their carrier or crate as a safe place. If they are going to be on a plane, you can adjust this technique. Load your dog in a carrier and put it on a rocking chair, or put it in a car squished up on floorboard.
Keep The Doggy Entertained. Bringing your dog's favorite toy along is a given, but a trip is a special occasion, so why not wow him with something new? An interactive toy will keep him occupied during long trips. The PetSafe Busy Buddy Barnacle [from $4.50, amazon.com] is durable and has multiple holes for dispensing different-sized treats during play. Outward Hound has several great options as well. To ensure safety, take your pet's mode of transport into account. If your dog will be unattended, like in a carrier in the backseat of your car alone while you are behind the wheel, stay away from anything he might choke on, like bones or hooves.
Take plenty of breaks on the road. As a rule of thumb, humans usually need a break every two and a half hours on a road trip, and the same applies to your pet. It's also a good time to make sure he's still safe and content in his carrier and hasn't had any accidents. Try to visit a dog park to let Lassie stretch her legs. Many towns hold "yappy hours" at parks or restaurants where dog owners can socialize with each other and their pets.
Don't sedate your pet. It might seem like a good idea to give Max something to make him drowsy, but it can be harmful. We do not support tranquilizing or sedating your pet, especially for air travel, because cargo holds have different air pressurization and temperature than the cabin. Your pet needs all his faculties to handle that stress. When pets are over-sedated, there is no one to see your pet if something goes wrong. Never give your pet painkillers from his last surgery. Instead, ask your veterinarian for a prescription if your animal is very anxious or has other needs.
What to consider when taking your dog away with you this Bank Holiday If you have a dog, you may wish that you could take them with you � yet many people don't know how to make this wish a reality. If you leave them at home, whether with a family member or in kennels, not only would you miss them, but you are also likely to take time out of your holiday to get in touch with people at home and ask about how they are doing. Not only would it put your mind at rest if you took them with you, but you would also be able to save money on kennel fees too, which is an added bonus.
Holiday Preparation When you are taking your dog on holiday with you, preparation really is key. You need to make sure that you are both ready for anything that might happen. This is even more important to consider when you remember that your dog is going to be experiencing an unfamiliar routine, in strange surroundings, so make sure to use this to your advantage to pack for anything which may cause a hurdle in your break away:
The weather makes all the difference. Have a look at the forecast before you go, and think about what you would do to keep your dog entertained if the weather decided to take a turn for the worst. Nothing is worse than a bored and energetic dog in a confined space.
Take a look at the facilities that are available. Is there somewhere dedicated to dog walks on site? Will you be given food and water bowls?
Make sure you have enough of everything. Running out of bags whilst on a walk makes for embarrassing and sometimes costly situations. You should also make sure you have a spare lead and collar in case something should happen to your only one whilst you are out for the day. Take plenty of towels and sponges, as seaside trips always urge the temptation for a quick dip.
Don't forget your dog's medication if they have any. It can be easy to let this slip your mind, but it is important that they are able to keep up to date with any treatment that they might be having while they are away.
Ensure that you take enough food with you for your dog. A change in food could result in your dog having an upset stomach, which will put as unpleasant spin on both of your holiday.
Keep Your Dog Safe & Secure! When you and your dog are at home, you will be confident that they are safe, and you will be knowledgeable about any potential dangers that could be in the vicinity. However, when you are on holiday you don't have this knowledge to your advantage, and this means that you need to take extra care to make sure that they are safe. Dog's love to explore new surroundings and this comes with the risk of them getting lost or wandering out of sight. Before you leave, you should be confident that your dog comes back to you when called � no matter what might be distracting them at the time.
If you are not completely comfortable in the knowledge that they will come back to you, it might be a better idea to put your dog on an extendable lead if they are a smaller breed, as they will still be able to roam, but you will know that they are still within your control. If you have a larger breed of dog, make sure to let them off in an enclosed area, large enough to have a good run around but without running the risk of losing them. Make sure to take a photo of your dog with you, so that if he or she decides to run off, you will be able to ask for help to find them.
Many of us forget just how hot our British summers can get and how this heat can affect our dogs. When out for the day, you should take a water bowl with you for your dog, and make sure that you always have some bottled water with you on walks in case they need a drink. This will help to prevent dehydration. Additionally, in the countryside, particularly in summer, there are lots of things around that could sting your dog. Therefore, you should pack suitable treatments prior to your trip so that you have them to hand if this happens. When you are planning your routes, you should take a look at main roads, dangerous cliff edges, and anything that could catch you out. Remember that your dog is completely new to these surroundings, and may not understand where they should and shouldn't go.
Making the most of your time away It often seems as though the build-up to a holiday drags, but then the event itself is over in a heartbeat. It can be frustrating to get home and realise that you hadn't made the most of the time you had, so for this reason you should make a plan. Doing some research about where you are going is essential. You should think about any days out that you'd like to go on, and make sure that anywhere you are visiting allows dogs. It's a good idea to pinpoint dog-friendly pubs in the area, so you will always have somewhere to go if you need a break. There will be many different events going on during the holiday season, lots of which your dog will be able to enjoy by your side. For this reason you should make sure that you have done your research, as this will mean that you won't have to miss out on anything. A dog is very much a member of the family, and for this reason they often add a huge amount of enjoyment to your holiday while you are away. You will be able to enjoy watching them explore their new surroundings � something that is very exciting for dogs and you won't have any of the worry about what might be happening while they are at home. With a little bit of forward planning, you should find that you can have a wonderful holiday with your dog, that you will all be able to enjoy.
If you are planning to cover some miles on the road this year, chances are you have thought about bringing along your four-legged best friend. As a dog owner, you know that planning a road trip with Fido can take a bit of forethought: how they handle being in the car, where you will stop for potty breaks and what sites are dog-friendly are all aspects that need to be considered if you both want to have a good time. Maybe you and your pup are new to the road trip scene and still have a bit of practice to go before you can set out on a long adventure. Best of all, you can filter these road trips based on how your dog handles being on the road. We know that some dogs are expert co-pilots while others are still working on it, so this collection of trips is also split up by duration:
Short trips - one to four hours
Long trips - six hours or more
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but these routes are a great way to start planning your adventures for the year ahead. Because there are numerous resources that focus specifically on pet-friendly hotels, we decided to stick to what we know best - mapping out road trip routes and attractions that are bound to show you and your pup a good time. If you need more information on where you and your fur child can rest, we suggest checking out sites like Bring Fido.
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Traveling is especially fun when you can bring your dog along, but you will need to do some planning first. When it comes to travel, the dogs are easy to deal with, but the people are not because there are a lot of rules and regulations when it comes to animals in general being transported to other countries. Many of these issues will greatly depend on which country you are going to, because they all have different requirements. Here are some things to know before you go.
Review the customs laws It is essential that you know exactly what the requirements are in the specific country that you will be visiting because customs laws vary greatly by location. Unfortunately, some countries do not even allow any foreign dogs to enter. Some of the ones that do may require a quarantine process of up to several months. The quarantine will force you to be separated from your dog for quite some time, so be prepared if the country has that requirement. It can also be a challenge to travel with more than one dog, so check to see if there is a limit to the number of pets you can bring with you. In general, most western countries will allow dogs, but you will have to provide proof that they have been given, and are current on, their rabies vaccination.
Give your dog a checkup If your dog has not already received all of their vaccinations, now would be a good time to do so because some countries will ask for their shot records. A quick visit to your veterinarian for a checkup is also a good way to discuss your concerns and make sure that your dog is fit to travel. You may want to ask your veterinarian to write a note stating that your dog is in good health and has had all of the appropriate vaccinations.
Find pet friendly travel accommodations Finding the proper travel accommodations for your dog can also be tricky. If you are visiting another country by car, then you can ask if the car rental company allows pets. If you are traveling by plane, then it will depend on the airline, when you are traveling, and which country you are going to. Certain airlines do not accept pets at all, so your first objective is to find a pet friendly airline. Traveling with pet cargo in high temperatures can be risky, so some airlines will not accept them at all during the summer months. Also, check the requirements of the airport where you will arrive abroad, because some airports in other countries do not accept pets or they may require that you provide them with advance notice that you will be arriving with a pet.
Obtain pet friendly living accommodations Once you have made it through customs, you will need to find living accommodations that accept pets. You will probably have your accommodations ready before you arrive, but make sure that you let the hotel, hostel, or apartment management know that you will have your dog with you.
Make sure your dog is comfortable! As you go on your journey, consider the mental and physical comfort of your dog. Do the best you can do to let your dog know that traveling will be safe, fun, and comfortable. Invest in a quality carrier for your dog, because they may be in there for a while. Keep your dog calm when dealing with customs officials so they will know that your pet can handle the transition. Planning is key when it comes to traveling with your pet. Everything really depends on where you are going, so be sure to understand the customs laws before you arrive. Visit your veterinarian for a checkup and vaccinations, buy a nice carrier for your dog, and let them know what to expect before you leave. Have a safe and happy trip!
When you are busy packing boxes and booking a moving company, reading up on the laws in your new state is probably not anywhere near the top of your to-do list. But when moving with pets, it's worth taking the time to make sure you are not breaking the law. Regulations vary greatly by state. The CVI helps ensure that only healthy animals are transported across state lines. Failing to meet these requirements could result in a fine or other penalties.
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Are you a one of those travellers who want to fulfil their wanderlust but not leave their pets back at home? Moreover, do you want to have a memorable road trip along with your pets without causing any inconvenience to them? Yes, pets, like small children, require a great deal of caring and sometimes pampering during such journeys. You really need to take care of certain things such as your pet's food, medicines, etc before you take off!
Making a checklist of such comforts for your pet is definitely a good idea before carrying out any travel activity. So, while planning a trip, the below list of essential items to carry, will come in handy. The list can be endless but the above mentioned things are good enough to ensure a cheerful outing for you and your beloved pets. Of course, the list is customizable as per your and your dog's preferences and needs. But, these are some basic things that need special attention while going out.
1. Leash and collar It is the first and foremost item on the list. There is nothing more intriguing than the lure of new and unique smells and your dog is bound to go exploring when you stop for those bathroom breaks. A leash and collar will help keep them by your side.
2. First aid kit The first aid kit is a must in order to be prepared to deal with any kind of emergency that poses an immediate risk to the health or life of your pet. There are various kits available for dogs in the market. Also, pack particular medications, for instance, car sickness meds, if required. Don't forget to take medical records along with you.
3. Food and water Make sure you pack adequate quantities of your dog's favorite food and enough water.
4. Cushions and Bed After reaching the destination, your friend would like to have a peaceful sleep and rest its paws after a tiresome journey. Cosy cushion and bedding would be a welcome!
5. Contact of Veterinarian doctors In case of an emergency, the location and other details of veterinary doctors along the route and at the destination will provide a sense of security and relief.
6. Other accessories Don't forget to carry toiletries such as cleaning supplies, brush, and a poop bag.
7. Toys There is no doubt that dogs love toys, be it an old sock, a plastic bone, your shoes and especially that favourite ball which they like to play fetch with.
8. Long-lasting chews A long-lasting chew can help keep your dog busy for hours, so you don't have to worry about keeping your dog entertained.
9. Check the hotel reservations Last but not the least, do a thorough check before booking hotels, on whether proper facilities are available for your dogs.
When packing for a trip, you always pick your cutest outfits, right? Why should packing for your pup be any different? Not only do dog clothes serve practical purposes, like keeping your pooch warm and dry, but they also attract a lot of attention for your furry friend. Dogs are social creatures by nature, and an adorable outfit encourages perfect strangers to pay lots of attention to your well-appointed pooch, which is highly likely to get that tail wagging. Not all dogs are good candidates for clothing, but that doesn't mean you still can't style up your pup. There are tons of cute collars on the market. You can also choose jewelry that attaches to their collars, complete with gemstones and pearls. If you want to turn your pooch into a princess for the night, get her some bejeweled headgear, like barrettes or even a tiara. We all know there's nothing like a little doggy bling to start the conversation. Whatever your style, here are some tips for packing for your four-legged fashionista that won't push you over that pesky 50-pound bag limit.
Choosing the right seasonal clothing is important for your pooch's comfort as well as her health. While canine couture is all the rage, most dogs are naturally equipped to handle the elements, so adding too much gear over their already protective coats can sometimes do more harm than good. If you are heading to cooler temperatures and you have a breed with super short hair or one who tends to get the shivers, then a parka or sweater is a good item to pack. Choose ones with reflective strips for nighttime walks. And don't forget boots, which can be good for snowy adventures. They not only protect delicate little feet from getting too cold, but they also keep off the salt and de-icing chemicals found on the sidewalks. Plus, all of this makes indoor cleanup a lot easier. Just remember that heavy coats can be dangerous for dogs if they are getting too much exercise on their walk, so dress them according to the temperature and keep an eye on your pup's energy level. Rainy climates command a waterproof slicker, but your best bet for keeping your pup fashionably cool in hot climates is a cooling bandana.
If you pack for your pooch like you do for yourself, you will want to make sure you have options for any occasion. Attending the film festival at Cannes? Then you must pick up some fashions for your pup inspired by the frocks worn by recent Academy Award winners. We particularly like the Reese. Pretty much anything from the Paris Hilton dog clothing collection will ensure that your pup is ready to go out on the town. Choose from flirty sundresses or heavy-duty denim. On your way to the Kentucky Derby? Then a hat is a must. Skiing in Aspen commands a cable knit sweater so your pooch can stylishly kick back in the lodge while you are out on the slopes. If you find yourself Scotland bound, then anything with a tartan plaid is appropriate garb. And if New York during the holidays is your destination of choice, make sure you pack a stylish coat and hat. Preferably a boucle, for a touch of Jackie O. And if you are just not sure what your trip will hold, a tie with an elastic neckband is the perfect accessory to pop in your suitcase. Consider it the boy dog equivalent of the little black dress.
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It's that time of year again that many of us begin to think about traveling. While traveling with your trained and well-behaved Service Dog is your privilege, there are some steps you need to take to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible. The Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration has universal guidelines for traveling with a service dog or assistance animal. But each airline interprets them slightly differently. The key to success? Always call first!
International traveling Are you flying out of the country or to an island like Hawaii? Service Animals may need to be quarantined depending on your destination. Check with the airline to find out what the current regulations are for your destination country. Confirm with your airline and ask if there are any quarantines happening that you need to be aware of. Each airline interprets TSA guidelines slightly differently. The key to success? Always call first!
Some people are uncomfortable flying, and so are some animals Even the best trained Assistance Animal may have difficulty flying and you need to judge your own animals temperament before you consider flying. If you are at all concerned about how your assistance animal will react to flying consider driving, Amtrak or Greyhound. Please note that Psychiatric Service Animals may also require special documentation from your doctor in the form of a letter.
Contact your airline before you travel The crew may need to make preparations for your boarding, so you must call to make them aware of what type of animal you use. The agent may also be able to help you select the most comfortable seat for you and your animal. Find a direct flight if possible because it will make for an easier experience for you and your animal.
Before you arrive, limit water and exercise your assistance animal Most likely, it will be a long time before you will find a good place for your Service Animal to relieve themselves again. Note: If you need to leave the secure boarding area to relieve your animal, you must undergo the full screening process again. Inform the Security Officer upon your return to the security checkpoint and she/him will move you to the front of the screening line to expedite the screening process. Tech Tip: Find airport dog relief areas: Do you have a smartphone? The free Working Like Dogs "Where to Go" app for Apple or Android can help you find airport dog relief areas.
You and your Service Dog must remain courteous at all times The experience others may have with you and your Service Dog may be the first and only they will ever have. It is up to you to leave them with an excellent impression. While it is your privilege under the law to be accompanied by your Service or Assistance Dog, you still need to be respectful of others who may be uncomfortable around animals. While traveling with a Service Dog, keep your partner under control at all times to avoid becoming the center of attention. Do not play with or show off your Service Dog in the airport or during your flight. Remember, how you and your Service Dog act directly affects other Service and Assistance Dog teams.
Arrive at the airport early and let security know that your Service Dog is not a pet Inform the Security Officer that the animal accompanying you is a Service Animal and not a pet. This will provide you with an opportunity to move to the front of the screening line since the Security Officer may need to spend more time with you. At no time during the screening process should you be required to be separated from your Service Animal.
Identification and documentation Airlines do require some form of assurance that your dog is indeed a Service Animal and not a pet. Identification, such as cards or documentation, the presence of a harness or markings on the harness, a doctor's letter or other credible assurance of the passenger using the animal for their disability is required. Please call or review each airline's policy.
What tasks does your animal perform to help you with your disability? What makes a Service Dog different from a pet are the specific physical tasks or work the animal can perform to help someone manage their disability. While it is inappropriate for someone to ask you about your disability, they may ask what tasks your dog is trained to perform. If you have a Psychiatric Service Dog it helps to have letter from a physician in addition to any other identification materials you may have. Remember, misrepresenting an animal as a Service or Assistance Dog isn't only unethical, it's against the law.
Be polite and accommodating of the Security Officers Being polite and friendly with the Security Officers will go a long way to making your admission quicker. Remember, they have a stressful job and treating them with respect will make things easier. Security Officers have been trained how to treat Assistance Animals and their handlers. They know not to communicate, distract, interact, play, feed, or pet Service Animals. You must assist with the inspection process by controlling the Service Animal while the Security Officer conducts the inspection. You must maintain control of your animal in a manner that ensures the animal cannot harm the Security Officer.
Proceeding through Security Recent changes now require that after you successfully go through the metal detector, you cannot make contact with your dog, other than holding the leash, until the dog has been inspected and cleared by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel. Even if you walk through the metal detector and do not set off the alarm, you can be required to undergo additional screening if you touch your dog before it has been cleared. Secondly, you may be asked to maintain contact with your dog's leash at all times.
If this procedure creates a problem for you - such as with a child who has autism - please explain this to the security officer. Of course, you are responsible for maintaining control of your Service Dog at all times. Finally, passengers traveling with any kind of animal may now be required to undergo explosives trace testing. This process is quick and easy and generally takes place after you have cleared security. You may be asked to hold your hands out, palm side up. The security officer will then wipe a swab about the size of your palm across each of your hands and then ask you to wait while a machine analyzes the swab for traces of explosives.
This process leaves no residue on your hands. Remember, TSA personnel cannot request that you be separated from your dog nor are you required to remove your dog's harness, leash or collar. If you experience any problems at the security checkpoint, you should request that a supervisor be contacted for assistance. If you wish to file a complaint against the TSA, send a message to: TSA.ODPO@dhs.gov and be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address as well as the date or time you went through the security checkpoint, the name of the airport, and the name of the airline, flight number & departure gate if known. Give a brief description of what happened and include as much as you can remember about your experience and the TSA personnel involved.
Check in at the gate After you have gone through security, check in at the counter at the gate. Let the flight attendants know that you have an Assistance Animal. If this is your first time flying with your Assistance Animal on this airline, ask them what you need to do. Most likely you will be allowed to board the aircraft first.
Boarding the airplane Once you have passed through the skybridge to the aircraft, the flight attendants on board will guide you to your seat. Most airlines require your Assistance Animal to use the space at your feet. Small dry treats for your animal will help them feel more comfortable. Avoid bringing water onto the plane for your dog.
Consider using Pet Airways Depending on your disability, you may not need your animal with you in the airport and airplane, though you will when you land at your destination. Some disabled individuals choose to book their Service Animals on a special flights with airlines like Pet Airways.
Fly with your Dog in the cabin. This may be your best choice if you have a cat, small dog or other pint-sized pet the airline will allow onboard. The maximum weight depends on the airline, but typically tops out at 20 to 25 pounds, including the carrier, which must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. For some airlines, such as JetBlue and Southwest, this is your only option because they do not fly pets as checked bags or cargo. There is typically a charge for in-cabin pets ranging from $35 to $125, depending on the airline and type of flight. Reserve space for your pet as early as possible. Most airlines limit the total number of pet carriers per flight, and it's first come, first served.
Fly with your Dog as checked baggage. Some airlines offer the option to check your pet as a bag in an approved carrier for a fee ranging from about $75 to $250, depending on the airline. If you go this route, your pet flies in the same airplane as you in a pressurized and climate-controlled compartment down below. Most airlines have a weight limit for pets flying as checked bags, typically between 70 and 150 pounds for the pet and carrier. Larger pets can be flown as cargo. Some airlines don't offer the option to fly pets as checked baggage, and those that do typically have breed restrictions. That's because some dogs and cats with short noses may be more likely to suffer breathing problems, while dog breeds with strong jaws might be able to chew their way out of a standard strength carrier. Check restrictions before you book, and tell the airline you plan to check a pet. There will be special requirements to follow, such as using the correct type of carrier and arriving at the airport early.
Fly your Dog as cargo. Another option is to fly your pet as cargo, which is similar to flying with your pet as checked baggage except that your dog's transport is not tied to your ticket. Also, you drop your pet off at the cargo area of the airport rather than at your gate. Though the term "cargo" might make any loving pet owner wince, this can be safer than flying your pet as checked baggage. Depending on the airline, cargo handlers are likely to be better trained in handling animals than baggage handlers.
Jet-set pets are a serious business, with more and more airlines making arrangements to take dogs and cats on board. Proper preparation is an absolute must when you are flying with a dog. It may sound like an easy way to get to your destination, but flying with a dog requires particular supplies, advanced planning and organization. Jet-petters can't simply up sticks and fly with Fido on a whim, however - travelling with pets is popular, but lots of red tape is involved. The first thing you will need to do is find an airline that will allow your pet aboard a plane and ask what specific regulations they have.
Every airline is different. Not all airlines allow pets, and the ones that do all have their own set of rules. Some allow small dogs to ride in the cabin with you - providing they are riding in an airline compliant carrier. If this is something you are interested in, you will likely have to book your trip well in advance. Even if your canine companion will be riding in the cargo hold, you will still need a compliant carrier. You will also need to make sure that your dog has the proper supplies that he will need during the journey. Making a list and checking things off as you go is the best way to insure smooth travelling.
Pet Identification Precautions When flying with your dog, have him microchipped before flying anywhere. Unfortunately, pets do sometimes get lost in transit. He could also get lost after you get there. Even the most cautious dog owners lose their pets from time to time. Dogs love to explore new surroundings and are often very adept at finding an opportune moment to slip past you through an open door. Getting lost while travelling is doubly dangerous for dogs.
Being away from home makes it impossible for the dog to find his way back. It is much more likely that he will get hopelessly lost and never be reunited with his owner. Microchips make finding your lost dog 2.5 times more likely. A 134.2kHz microchip is required by many countries outside of the United States. If you are flying with your dog to another country, have this type of microchip implanted.
It is not ideal for the dog to have two microchips, but it will not hurt him and might be the only way he will be allowed in another country. Firmly attach an identification tag to his collar, too. The tag should have the dog's name and your telephone number printed on it. Have a cell phone number and another number on the tag. The other telephone number could be for a home phone or work phone. The chances of a lost dog being reunited with his owner are much greater if there are two numbers to call.
Health Requirements Before flying with a dog, you'll need to take him to see his veterinarian. Make sure he is healthy, free from parasites and up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. Tell the veterinarian where you are flying to with your dog. Vaccination requirements vary from state to state. A disease that your dog would not need to be vaccinated for at home could be a big issue in another state. Be sure to firmly attach your dog's rabies tag to his collar. Contact travel authorities at your intended destination to find out what their requirements are for dogs flying into the country with their owners.
They will give you a list of required immunizations and let you know if they have a mandatory animal quarantine period. Your dog may have to be examined by his veterinarian then sealed in his crate by the veterinarian just prior to going to the airport. If you know your dog is a nervous traveler, ask about medications that can help him stay calm. A Thundershirt works to keep 80% of dogs calm. They are available in a variety of colors and in sizes to fit dogs from 15 to 65 pounds. Thundershirts cost between $40 and $50. Floral essences and certain essential oils might also help to calm your pet's anxiety.
Airline Dog Regulations Call various airlines to find out if they allow customers that are flying with a dog. They will need to know how large the dog is and his breed. There are airlines that will not fly brachycephalic dogs, which are dogs with short muzzles. English bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs are some of the more common brachycephalic dogs that cannot fly in an airplane cargo hold. Their short little muzzles do not allow them to regulate their body temperatures efficiently. Because of that, flying these dogs in the cargo hold of an airplane can be fatal. When flying with a dog, most airlines will require that you bring a small bag of your dog's best food and two bottles of water.
Dog Crates and Carriers You will need to buy an airline-approved dog crate if you are planning on flying with a dog. Ask the airline for their crate requirements before you make your purchase - they aren't all the same. The crate must be large enough for your dog to lay down, stretch out and turn around in comfortably. Put a washable dog bed or thick blanket in the crate to keep your pet comfortable while flying. Do not worry about spills or accidents. Excess urine or water will seep down to the bottom of the crate and the bedding will dry. Small dogs flying in the airplane with their owner may be able to go in a smaller, soft-sided carrier. Sleepypods are large enough for a 15-pound dog and cost $160 to $180. There are many other airline approved carriers for small dogs, so do your research. You shouldn't base your decision on price alone. Your dog needs to be safe and comfortable. You will also want to make sure there is plenty of ventilation and you have easy access to your pet.
Travel Day On travel day, take your dog for a good, long walk or run before setting out on your adventure. Play with him in the yard or dog park until all his excess energy is eliminated. Give him an opportunity to empty his bladder and bowels right before loading him in the car. If you are flying with a dog in the morning, give him a meal in the evening on the previous day and do not feed him before you fly. He will be much more comfortable while travelling and less likely to go to the bathroom in his crate. When the flight does not leave until late afternoon or evening, a light, early morning meal should be fine.
BEST PET-FRIENDLY AIRLINES Pet Airways Air Canada Air France American Airlines Delta Jet Blue Southwest United Virgin America Ryanair
Lufthansa (lufthansa.com) has similar rules, allowing the carriage of small animals in the cabin, with larger animals in the cargo hold.
Emirates and Etihad do not permit the in-cabin carriage of pets, but will transport dogs and cats as cargo
Monarch (monarch.co.uk) welcomes pets, but only six animals can travel per flight, so it's important to book in advance.
SAS (flysas.com) carries cats and dogs with advance booking, at $66 per cage. Guide/Assistance dogs travel free of charge in the cabin.
Similar to Ryanair, easyJet and CityJet only take Guide/Assistance dogs. Other pets are not carried, even in cargo.
British Airways (ba.com) allows dogs and cats to travel in the temperature-controlled hold on both short and long-haul flights.
KLM (klm.com) allows passengers to take small cats and dogs (<8kg) into economy class cabins on most European flights, in a suitable travel bag or kennel which must be placed under the seat in front of you.
Most people would love to carry their pets along with them, but is that a feasible option when you are travelling in Indian Railways? There is no clear information in this regard. The more you read the Indian Railways rules and regulations, more you get confused. So, we thought of clearing the air for you. While you may never have noticed dogs on trains and on the platforms of stations , other than assistance dogs, it is certainly not all that uncommon! All of the main train companies within the UK allow the transit of dogs, with certain restrictions in some cases at very busy times. So it is certainly a viable option to take your dog on the train with you, as long as you go about things the right way!
Can you take dogs with you in a train? Yes, you can of course carry the dogs with you when travelling. But this travel will be subject to some rules and regulations set by the Indian railways. Dogs can be kept close, in the compartment, only when you are travelling by First Class AC. In other instances they will be held as a luggage and travel in the Brake or Luggage Van. Even when you carry the dog in a train compartment, you have to make sure that the dog does not cause any nuisance. While carrying the dog in a train compartment you need the consent of fellow passengers. Your dog must be reasonably well behaved, well trained and responsive in order to enter an enclosed environment where other people will be present, so do not consider train travel with your dog if you are not confident in your ability to control them. If you have any doubts about your dog's temperament or behaviour, use a muzzle on them, and make sure that you use a lead and harness that provides enough control of your dog. If you want to take the dog with you in the train compartment then book tickets in First AC class only. You may have to reserve two or four berths in the compartment for your use, by paying the due charges based on the type of train you are travelling by.
Train stations and train carriages themselves are often very busy and crowded, with a lot of people milling around and moving quickly, so try to arrange your journey for quieter, off-peak times to minimise this. Think about how your dog will react to being surrounded by a lot of strangers, movement and noise, and if they have the temperament to cope with this, along with the presence of the trains themselves. If you are travelling in any other class then you cannot take the dog along with you in the train's compartment. But the dog can be carried in the Luggage or Brake Van paying the due charges. There are specially designed Dog Boxes available in the Brake Vans for such purposes.
There is a small possibility that you might run into another person travelling with a dog while on your train, or with a smaller animal in a pet carrier. Be alert to this and how your dog is likely to react, and ensure that your dog does not get into an altercation with another dog, or scare or hassle smaller animals! Also bear in mind that not everyone likes dogs, and some people may be allergic to them, to be alert to any signs of discomfort in your fellow passengers and if possible, move to accommodate for their feelings. If you want to carry your dog in the Luggage Van, then contact the Parcel Office and book for your dog two days before the commencement of journey.
If you are detected carrying a dog without due booking in an AC First Class or Brake Van you will be charged at Luggage Rates based on the weight of the dog and have to pay a minimum fine of Rs. 10 per dog. These charges are prepaid in nature. In case the dog is the "Seeing Eye" of a blind person, the tariff charged will be same as dogs carried in the brake van, though they remain within the compartment. However, the dogs must have Collars and Chains fitted for such travel.
It is the responsibility of the owner to arrange for food and water along the course of journey.
Even when you carry the dog along with you in a First Class AC compartment you will need the consent of fellow passengers. If at any point of the journey, the fellow passengers object to the dog remaining in the compartment, the animal will be immediately removed to the Guard's van and no refund will be provided.
Dogs cannot be carried in compartment when you are travelling in AC Sleeper coaches, AC chair car or second class coaches.
If the dog is found breaching any set of rules it will be removed immediately to the brake van and charges complying six times of the Luggage Scale Rate will be subjected to the passengers.
Is travelling in trains really safe for Dogs? So, you can definitely carry a dog with you if all these Indian Railways regulations are adhered to. But as a pet lover you want to know about the safety of your beloved pet. Let us be frank, the conditions of Dog Boxes are not great. They are kept in a separate compartment. These small boxes with iron shutters have cramped spaces. Apart from this, the coach where these boxes are kept obviously do not have any air conditioner to regulate the temperature. I have known many dogs that have not made it to the end of the journey because of excess heat, dehydration and fright. I myself brought my dog in these horrible conditions in Bombay Mail because It wasn't aware of how bad the condition is. So, travelling with dogs is not the best option, especially if you cannot accommodate the dog within your compartment.
At the station Ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time to catch your train with your dog, as rushing will add stress to both dog and owner! Never take your dog on escalators, and always be mindful of obstacles such as ticket barriers - use the manned gate, etc. Try to find the quietest area of the station and the platform to wait in with your dog, and stand well back from the tracks, both for your own safety and to avoid startling your dog when a train approaches.
Boarding and disembarking Remember to let other people off the train first, and stand well back from the doors when people are disembarking in order to allow them room to keep clear of your dog, and so that your dog does not feel crowded. If your dog is large enough and happy to step into the carriage themselves, this is fine, but if they are small or nervous or there is a large gap between the train and the platform, be prepared to lift them into the carriage gently. When disembarking, again, prepare to lift your dog if necessary, and wait until other people have got off first to avoid standing around in a crowd of people who are waiting to leap off.
On the train Try to find a place to sit or stand where you will not be surrounded by lots of people - this may mean standing in the lobbies between carriages if the carriages are very crowded. Your dog should never sit on a seat or be in the aisle in the way of other passengers, and bear in mind that if someone does not want to sit next to a dog, you should be the ones to move. Ideally, your dog should sit in your leg space, or under a table. One thing to be aware of is where your dog's tail is, and that it is not poking out into the aisle where it might be trod on! Do not let your dog approach or bother other passengers, but be prepared for the possibility that some passengers might be delighted to find a dog accompanying their journey, and may wish to say hello to them. Do not feed your dog on the train, but have water available to offer to them if your journey is long. Even if you wish to get to your destination in the shortest possible time, you should be willing to break up or slow down your journey to account for your dog's needs. Give them ample opportunity to go to the toilet - not in the stations!
And ALWAYS (!) have water, and if you need to feed them, work out where and how on the journey you can stop to do this.
Trail Regulations and Etiquette Always check on the dog regulations for the areas where you will be backpacking. Most U.S. national parks, for example, do not allow dogs to share the trail. Maintain control of your dog at all times. Dogs are required to be on-leash at most maintained public trails. Most require a leash to be 6 feet or less in length, so I advise ditching your extendable leash. It may be great for everyday romps around the neighborhood to give your dog more freedom, but it's rarely sturdy enough to live up to trail conditions. Having your dog on a leash is not enough! You should also be sure to keep him or her calm as other people and pooches pass by. Be aware of what situations will upset or aggravate your furry friend. If he or she is still getting used to other dogs, you might want to hold off on hiking for now.
Is Your Dog Physically Ready? Ease your dog into the routine of hiking. If you want your pet to carry some of the load, start off by having him or her wear a pack around the house, then on short walks, then longer walks. You should also start with lighter loads. It's safe to work to up to one-third of your dog's weight if your dog is in healthy physical condition. For dogs who are older or in poor physical condition, consider leaving them at home with friends, They will be much happier and safer, too.
First-Aid Preparedness Be prepared. Sites such as peteducation.com have a lot of great info about dogs, including many articles about first aid. Petco and the Red Cross offer first-aid classes, which I recommend highly, to offer you hands-on help. Once Kiwi got quite a gash from a coyote she ran into. I was lucky enough to have a friend who was a vet on the trip, but quickly learned how important it is to make sure one is ready to take care of their dog no matter what circumstances arise. I carry pet first aid kit, which also comes with a great book to help you with what to do on the trail.
Packing Your Dog
You have done your research, and your pooch is ready to go. Let's start packing!
Food and Water Hydration is crucial for an active dog. Some dog packs feature a nifty built-in hydration system for watering dogs. You can also consider collapsible food and water dishes. Depending on size, your dog should usually be able to carry his or her own food and water. Do your research to make sure there is going to be plenty of water to filter where you will be backpacking. Be sure to pack enough for both of you if there is nowhere to get more. Dogs are susceptible to giardia protozoa much like humans, so be sure to filter and or treat their water just as you would if you were going to consume it. Check with your vet to ensure your dog will be getting the right amount of calories for the estimated energy that will be expended. Your vet is also a great resource to advise on the exercise level that is right for your dog.
Sleeping Gear This depends on what the weather is going to be like or how extreme it might get for the days you will be on the trail. I have opted for a kid's bag, but some of my friends carry ultralight two-person bags so that they can snuggle with their pooch when the temperature drops very low. It all depends on your pup, the breed and learning what they need to be comfortable. It's better to overpack the first time and learn than bring too little to keep your pal cozy.
In addition to sleeping gear, give some thought to your dog's attire. Indoor dogs and breeds with thin coats can benefit from an outer layer to preserve body temperature in cold, wet conditions.
Dog Vest and Coats You might choose a type of jacket to ensure your dog's belly stays nice and warm, especially when you are in deep snow. If you are going to be hiking in a very hot environment, you might consider a dog vest. You can soak it with water to dissipate heat as the water evaporates. On the other temperature extreme, consider a fleece bodysuit that covers your dog's entire body and legs. This suit is overkill when your dog is working hard during the day, but I am sure any dog would appreciate PJs when it's chilly at night. In fact, some dogs do just fine with an extra layer and no sleeping bag at night.
Dog Boots It may take a few tries for you to find the right pair that don't fall off your dog when tromping through snow. I recommend testing out your boots on short walks and hikes before any big trips. Dogs looks a little ridiculous and confused the first time we adorned them in a footwear, but usually they are very thankful for a nessesary paws protection!
This is just the beginning of the gear you can invest in to make the outdoors a safe and fun place for your dog. A few other examples:
Dog harnesses for more technical trails or climbing
GPS beacons and leashes that fasten to you via carabiners
Dog-specific bike trailer
Dog tent - Not all dogs like these for overnights, but they can double as sun shelters.
Cooling collars for hot days
Creams that help breeds that don't need boots stay comfortable in the snow.
Things to check after the trip...
At trip's end, be sure to check your dog's body for ticks, burrs and other objects. If you do find a tick, I recommend contacting your vet. There are different dangers for pets regionally, so a vet can help you decide if you should remove the tick yourself or come into the office. Also, I wash my dog with some medicated shampoo, as the plants that brush up against her can sometimes irritate her belly since she doesn't have a lot of fur on it. However, most dogs will be fine with a quick bath.
Who doesn't love the fresh mountain air, running through fields of wildflowers and swimming in lakes? Rescue dogs are the perfect camping companions for families looking to spend some time in the great outdoors. As you pack the camper or backpack, make sure you follow the necessary steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for the whole family!
1. Check your Venue When making camping reservations, make sure dogs are allowed. You will want to search for pet friendly campgrounds (and trails) to ensure a smooth camping experience. Due to insurance policies, some campgrounds have restricted certain breeds, typically "bully breeds", so make sure to check if your dog's breed is welcomed. Each state or national park has its own dog regulations and can be found on the individual park's website.
Most national parks don't allow dogs on hiking trails, but national forests do. Dogs are also allowed in many designated wilderness areas as well as most Bureau of Land Management holdings, but do your homework. Browse online at wilderness.net for an overview of wilderness areas around the country. Invest in a guidebook for the place you want to visit. Update your information by checking in with district rangers about current conditions and trail closures; ask if you will encounter snowfields or steep terrain, and whether you will have access to water and shade. Some backcountry areas are simply too hot for dogs, putting them at risk of burned paws, dehydration and heat stroke, to say nothing of snakebite.
2. Update Vaccines Certain campgrounds require up-to-date rabies vaccinations for all pets. Also, if your destination is in an area that has fleas or ticks, make sure your dog is protected with the appropriate preventative. If camping near streams or lakes, do not let your dog drink from these water sources. Even the cleanest stream can contain giardia, a microscopic parasite that can cause havoc in your dog's GI track.
3. Pack the Essentials Just like you, your dog likes the comforts of home at the campground. Bring your pup's kennel or dog bed, and his food and water bowls. Bring his favorite dog toys for chewing around camp or chasing at the lakeshore. Consider bringing a tieout, so your dog can be outside and free to roam around the campsite without wandering into the neighbor's campsite. A nightlight for your dog's collar is also a good idea, so you can see your dog at night. Depending on your destination, a doggie rain jacket or thermal may be needed, especially for those short-haired pooches. If hitting the trails, consider investing in a dog hiking pack, which will allow your dog to carry his own water and supplies. When conditioned, a dog can carry up to 25% of its body weight. Lastly, a dog first aide kit is a must have item when exploring the outdoors. Check out WWW.KURGO.COM, WWW.RUFFWEAR.COM and REI for the hardiest outdoor gear for dogs.
4. Protect your Pooch from the Wilderness Depending on your camping destination, bears, coyotes, mountain lions and other wild animals are a possibility and unfortunately, can be a danger to your pet. Make sure your dog is leashed at all times during your outdoor adventure. This will protect them from wandering into danger. You also need to protect the resident wildlife from your dog as well, do not allow your dog to chase deer or any other wildlife. Also, make sure to pack out your pet waste, especially on high traffic trails and around bodies of water. This will maintain the serenity and beauty of the parks that so many people enjoy.
5. Know your Dog's Limits! Before hitting the trails, make sure your dog is conditioned, either for mileage or carrying his own supplies. Young dogs, especially puppies, will not have the experience to transverse a steep slope and can easily slip and injure their joints. For dogs under a year, short, gentle hikes are a great way to introduce a young dog to the trails.
Be mindful of the temperature and start your hike early to avoid the afternoon heat. Dogs are unable to sweat and panting is not an efficient cooling mechanism, particularly in hot weather or for dogs with thick coats. Always pack enough water for your dog: a good rule of thumb is to pack a 0.5 liter of water per mile for your dog. Since dogs are unable to tell us when they are tired, be mindful of your dog's behavior. Is your dog seeking shade every chance he gets, or lying down when the opportunity arises? Let your dog rest in the shade, rehydrate, and turn around! It's better to be safe than sorry.
6. Endurance Few dogs can do a backpacking trip without endurance training. Start close to home with hour-long hikes - adjust according to your dog's fitness level, and include uneven terrain to toughen his paws and give him a cardio workout. Within weeks, you're likely to be ready for day-long excursions farther afield. Provide plenty of water and snack breaks, and hike only as fast and as far as your dog can go comfortably. Get him used to wading and even swimming. Some dogs take one look at a rushing stream and say Forget it!, but if you build the challenges slowly and make water training fun, many will be unfazed by white-water riffles.
1. Start small. Don't let your dog's early trips be long if you think he's uncomfortable. Start slowly, simply sitting in the car and giving your dog some high value treats. Don't even start the car! Little by little, increase the exposure to the car, closing the doors, starting the car, and, eventually, backing out of the driveway. If your dog seems uneasy, take a step back and continue to reward and share quiet, calm time with your dog until he's ready to move on to the next step.
2. Enjoy short excursions. Brief excursions to a fun place the drive through window for a snack to share or the bank drive-in window-can be a great way to make your dog realize that car trips can be fun.
3. Only include your dog on trips you enjoy. Let's face it: not all car travel is fun for us. And, if it's not fun for us, it won't be fun for our dogs. If you are tense, your dog will be tense. Save the doggie car trips, at least the early ones, for trips you are excited about taking.
4. Make the car a happy place. You don't have to have a full-blown case of road rage to create a tense atmosphere in the car one that your dog will pick up on before you yourself realize your irritation. Be calm and cool in the car.
5. Include comforts but don't sacrifice safety. Make your dog comfortable and happy in the car with a plush toy, a soft blanket, or a crate mat, but don't sacrifice safety. As much as your dog might enjoy riding with his head out the car window, please don't allow him to do it due to danger to his eyes from projectiles. Even an insect wing embedded in his eye will cause damage. Our dogs are harnessed and buckled in the car at all times but have their memory foam pads to stretch out on and a plush toy for fun!
6. Share super treats. Road food can be good food! Bring along great treats to reward good behavior and to keep your dog busy. Irie loves Nutrish Soup Bones for car trips and to chew in hotel rooms or at our destination.
7. Teach your dog travel words. Teach your dog travel words such as "car trip" to let them know you are ready to go off on an adventure!
8. Give your dog a cue that means fun's ahead. We use our Kurgo harnesses for fun car travel but, if we are taking the dogs to the vet, we use a different harness. When Irie sees her good harness come out, she jumps up off the couch and she's ready to roll!
9. Stop frequently. Just as if you were traveling with a small child, plan on making more frequent stops. Not only will it make your dog happier but stopping and stretching will make you a better driver. You will also discover the fun that even the simplest stops can bring.
10. Never leave your dog alone in the car. You are bringing your dog along to travel with you so, please, plan your trip accordingly. Don't leave your dog alone in the car. Temperatures can soar in a closed car even when it is not that hot - if you plan to leave the car running, consider that engines and air conditioners fail and such failures could cost your dog his life. Even in temperate weather, leaving your dog unattended in the car can make your dog anxious, and you are also leaving him vulnerable to thieves.
11. Dog MUST have enough air in the car for breathing. It could be an A/C produced air - less good, but better than nothing! or a nature wind, which enters by the way of open windows.. lack of the air discomforts dogs a lot! Except that, dog can go overtemperatured and get a hot, which is pretty dangerous
12.Lunging is dangerous when it comes to road safety because your dog could lunge into traffic, perhaps even pulling you along with them. Your dog may lunge when they see something particularly exciting, like another dog, cat, or other animal. A dog may also lunge when they see someone they know, or they get closer to the dog park. Because lunging is usually the result of an over-excited dog, there are a few ways to go about limiting the behaviour. First, make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise, so that they don�t have pent-up energy. Another way to phase out the lunging behaviour is through exposure. If, for instance, your dog lunges to get to their favourite tree, you can follow these simple steps:
Notice when your dog sees the target and starts to get excited
Have the dog sit calmly for a few seconds before giving the treat
Start walking towards the target again
The moment that the excitement turns to pulling behaviour, turn around and walk away from the target
Try again, getting closer and closer to the target during each attempt - this will likely take place over a few training sessions
When your dog remains calm until you have almost reached the target, have them sit calmly for 10 seconds before giving the treat. Allow them to approach the target completely, with plenty of praise
Although this may not seem helpful, the training will carry over to other situations, too. If you see a cat on the sidewalk ahead, for instance, have your dog sit and wait. Once the cat has moved on or your pooch is calm enough to continue, you can proceed with your journey. Eventually, your dog will look to you before lunging after exciting things. Even off-leash, this training will encourage your dog to think twice before chasing after something. This is great if your dog is sometimes off-leash in a backyard. Just be patient - this training process is going to be longer than teaching them to sit at the crosswalk.
13. Finally, dogs simply adore to check out what is going on around and forward, during their car trip. So, make them happy - provide them a nice point of view all around the car and let them to see what they feel like. Do not close car's windows with any covers or blinds. This will make your dog bored and fall asleep in a time.
Dog backpack carriers are just the thing for when you are on the move with a dog that may not be able to keep up. Check out this selection of top-rated dog carrier backpacks for your convenience. Carriers should be strong enough to hold your pet, durable enough to withstand repeated use, and comfortable enough to make your pet feel at home. Match the carrier to the activity to keep your pet safe and sound, and you'll be good to go.
Note: All items listed here are dog backpack carriers that are supported by your back. Because of the strain put on your shoulders and back, this style of carrier is only recommended for those with small dogs whose weight can easily be supported.
1. Zanies Casual Canine Backpack Carrier This highly-rated dog backpack carrier is a great choice as an airplane in-cabin carrier or just for gallivanting about town! Small dog owners love this dog backpack for its ease of use and especially enjoy expanding screened mesh section.
PROS: - Small dog owners love this dog backpack for its ease of use and especially enjoy expanding screened mesh section.
Front can be zipped open into a mesh tent area
Side storage pockets
Mesh side door for extra ventilation
Removable, easy to clean mat
CONS: - Some reviewers find the straps too thin and wish for a waist strap to help stabilize the dog backpack carrier.
Has hook that attaches to a harness to keep dog safe
Comes in 4 bright, fun colors.
CONS: - No storage pockets, and reviewers note that this dog carrier backpack is only suitable for very small, less than 10 lb dogs.
3. Messenger Petego Bag Dog Carrier This messenger bag dog carrier features a stylish design with a soft, durable lining. Customers like the stylish design and how comfortable and lightweight this dog carrier backpack is.
PROS: - Signature Emanuele Bianchi design
Messenger bags style with outside made of microfiber suede
Soft, comfortable, yet durable nylon inner lining
Comes with attachable leash to secure dog
Flat padded bottom allows dog to stand if they want
CONS: - Lining is not removable. Some note that zipper design could potentially zipper and catch on dogs. Some buyers also had their bag arrive with manufacturing mistakes, such as having the strap twisted, unable to correct it.
4. Kyjen Font Facing Dog Backpack Carrier This dog carrier backpack has a front-facing design that allows you to take your dog out and about. Owners like the ventilation, padding, and durability of this dog backpack carrier.
PROS: - Designed to carry dogs up to 20 lbs
Has tough, 600 denier nylon fabric that is soft yet durable
Features a drawstring top and ventilated sides to keep dog comfortable and secure
Adjustable padded shoulder and waist straps distribute weight evenly over back, added stability and comfort for owner
CONS: - Some buyers have difficulty selecting an appropriately sized bag for their pet. While the medium sized bag says it can hold dogs up to 20 lbs, reviewers note that their pets could not fit.
5. Pet Gear Roller Dog Backpack This rolling dog backpack carrier is great for outdoor adventures and trips. The impressive functionality - between serving as a booster sear, carrier, and roller bag and durable material.
PROS: - Five products in one, this item can be used as a dog carrier, dog car seat, backpack, roller bag and tote.
Features a telescoping handle, just like a suitcase
Sides can be expanded for an extra 3 inches of space
Two side storage pouches
Tether included, which can be attached to dog's harness for added safety
Removable pat for easy washing
Comes in several colors
CONS: - Some complain the dimensions and weight references are misleading, as the official measurements refer to the outside of the bag, including the wheels, rather than the inside of the carrier. Some reviewers complain that the bag is uncomfortable.
Today we are covering the basics of air travel with your pet. In this post we are detailing how to select an airline approved pet carrier for keeping under the seat in front of you, in the cabin of the airplane. There are several variations of different airline approved pet carriers to choose from. Some differentiating features include:
Wheels. - Some airline friendly carriers have wheels for easy maneuverability, while others function more as standard dog backpack carriers or pet purse carriers, with handles and shoulder straps.
Zipper or Velcro. - Some carriers have velcro closings, while others use zippers. Velcro can be opened potentially by boisterous pets, but provides faster access. Zippers are more secure, but can be a nuisance.
Ventilation. - You will want to make sure that your airline approved pet carrier has plenty of ventilation for your dog to breath and feel comfortable.
Pockets. - Pockets are always handy to have on your pet carry on bag. Pockets allow for easy storage of toys, treats, and other supplies. Some airline pet carriers will have more pockets than others.
We are using extensive research and consumer data to bring you a review of the best airline approved dog carriers. All of these carriers come highly rated, so you can't really go wrong. With wheels, foldable extensions, mesh sides, and all manner of handles, you have plenty of great options to choose from!
Please note that there is no one official airline approved dog carrier, as carrier requirements vary between airlines. However, all of these carriers have been used for air travel and should suit your needs. Still, we suggest you always double check your specific airline carry-on dimensions with any carrier you consider ordering.
Best Airline Approved Dog Carriers & Packs
1. Petsfit Expandable Airline Approved Pet Carrier This airline friendly pet carrier boasts an expandable "porch," which gives pets extra room to move, lounge, or view the world. High quality, sturdy and well-built with soft, comfortable base pad.
PROS: - Foldable. When unzipped lies completely flat to save space, approximately the size of a laptop case.
Expandable. Side zips down to provide extra space while sturdy wire frame maintains shape.
Zipper Opening. Pet entrance has 2 zippers for easy access and secure closure - perfect as an under seat dog carrier.
Adjustable Shoulder Strap. Allows for comfortable carrying for you and your pet.
Maximum Weight. The small carrier is suitable for companion pets up to 12 lbs., the medium carrier 16 lbs., the large carrier 20 lbs.
Multiple Sizes. This carrier comes in three different sizes. Small - for dogs up to 12 lbs, Medium - for dogs up to 16 lbs, and Large - for dogs up to 20 lbs.
CONS: - Only one color choice. A little hard to open the expandable section with pet inside.
2. Bergan Soft-Sided Airline Pet Carrier Good quality. This carrier's wheels and straps are easy to use and comfortable, with extra side pockets for leash, treats, or other items. This airplane pet carrier also has some nice color choices. Overall a great dog carry on bag with wheels. Great for pets up to 22 pounds. This carrier has a soft washable fleece bed and support to keep the carrier's shape, and is fully washable. Designed with plenty of mesh panels that allow for maximum accessibility and ventilation for your pet.
PROS: - Removable Fleece Bed. Soft fleece bedding and rigid insert panel helps the carrier hold its shape. Both removable for easy washing.
Comfort Your Dog. Exclusive "Pet Connect" zipper opening allows you to comfortably and safely interact with your pet while traveling - an excellent choice for airline approved dog carriers for in cabin travel.
Shoulder Strap. Optional shoulder strap included is padded and adjustable.
Multiple Zipper Openings. Several zippered mesh panels allow for maximum viewing and ventilation.
Multiple Safety Features. This airplane pet carrier has locking zippers, seatbelt loops, and reflective strips.
Lead & Phthalate Safe. There are no harmful chemicals for you or your pet.
Comes in 3 Size Options. Small - perfect for puppies, and teacup breeds up to 7 lbs, Large - external measurements: 16x8x10in for dogs up to 22 lbs, and Large with Wheels, features patented pull strap that instantly converts to shoulder strap, wheels are detachable.
Multiple Colors. This airplane friendly dog carrier comes in Black, Mineral Blue, Rose Wine, and Spinach Green.
CONS: - Sizes tend to run small for airline approved dog carriers. Can be confining for large pets.
3. Sleepypod Airline Under Seat Dog Carrier Extremely high quality and sturdy, easy to attach to luggage carriers, sleek design, and a comfortable interior. This carrier puts safety as a top priority and works great for flights and drives. When flying, the sides of the carrier fold up to ensure it fits under the seat in front of you, which is a rule that most major airlines go by when allowing pets in cabin. The carrier itself has slits on one side that you can slide over the handle of your carry-on, so that you don't have to carry it on your person through the airport. Your shoulders will thank you! The carrier also includes straps on both sides to secure a car seatbelt in place so that, in the event of an accident, the carrier doesn't get displaced in the vehicle. Two birds, one stone.
PROS: - Flexible Size. The Sleepypod airline approved pet carrier fits pets up to 17.5 lbs, but is also compressible to fit under different size seats on airlines or fold up when not in use.
Sleek Design. Very well designed, giving pets maximum room without sacrificing sturdiness or style.
Luggage Grade Fabric. High quality nylon outside with super comfy plush inside for a class A airline approved dog carrier.
Easy Access. Both the top and ends open, making it easy to access pets.
Multiple Colors. Comes in Dark Chocolate, Glacier Silver, Jet Black, Orange Dream, Strawberry Red, and Robin Egg Blue.
Size. Available in size Medium which measures 22x10.5x10.5in.
CONS: - More expensive than other airplane pet carriers, plus somewhat bulkier.
PROS: - Large Mesh Panels. 3 sides of mesh panels for viewing and ventilation with easy zipper access.
Folds Flat. Folds down for easy storage or transport when not in use.
Multiple Options. Can be worn as a backpack, rolled on the ground, lain flat, or stands on its own with pet inside.
Provides multi-stage telescoping handle and wheels for easy maneuvering.
Pockets. 2 side storage pockets for leash, treats, bowls, or food.
Sizes. Medium - for dogs up to 9 lbs or Large - for dogs up to 10 lbs.
2 Color Choices. This airline approved pet carrier comes in two color options - Red/Black or Khaki/Navy.
CONS: - Lining is not removable. Some note that zipper design could potentially zipper and catch on dogs. Some buyers also had their bag arrive with manufacturing mistakes, such as having the strap twisted, unable to correct it.
6. Sturdibag Large Airplane Friendly Dog Carrier Lightweight, roomy interior. Also has a flexible size and shape for different sized airline requirements. Another fun bonus is the wide variety of colors and patterns this airplane dog carrier provides.
PROS: - Lightweight. Made of very lightweight durable 600 denier polyester with flexible rods that help maintain arch shape.
Comfortable Straps. Easy to carry with an adjustable 4-point padded shoulder strap and leather hand grips.
Multiple Mesh Panels. Several mesh windows for viewing and ventilation that can be covered as well for privacy or comfort for your pet.
Safety Straps. Perfect to strap in airline seats or for car seat belts.
Huge Color/Pattern Selection. This dog carry on bag comes in 23 color and pattern options.
CONS: - Only one entrance/exit can be a bit of a hassle.
PROS: - Designer Look. Carrier is made from recycled denim jeans, giving it a unique style compared to other dog carriers for air travel.
Sturdy Frame. Soft and comfortable fabric with sturdy frame for protecting your pet.
Mesh Panels. Two mesh panels on the ends allow for breathability and comfort for your pet as well as easy access and viewing.
Strap Options. Removable shoulder strap plus handles for many ways to carry.
CONS: - Not super strong on the inside, so not ideal for shredder pets.
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Without a doubt, dogs would much rather travel with their owners then be left at home for the day. Of all pets, dogs in particular have a social nature that makes them the ideal companion to take with you wherever your day takes you. Dog and puppy backpack carries are the best way to include your pet in all of your adventures, whether going on a hike or a shopping trip to the local mall.
They keep your pet safe, and provide him or her with a sense of security. In addition the best dog backpack carriers make it much easier for you, the pet owner because they give you a hands free way of carrying your furry baby along with toys, and other accessories that you will need for a day of fun. Choosing the best dog backpack carrier is not only about ease of use. They play a key role in making certain that your dog is comfortable and safe.
2. AerWo Dog Pet Carrier Portable Outdoor Travel Backpack The AerWo Dog Cat Pet Carrier Portable Outdoor Travel Backpack is made from a high quality sandwich mesh fabric that is both environmentally friendly and protects against pungent smells. The contraction rope design can be changed from 3 cm to 15 cm depending on your dog's head size. Additional features include a buckle on strap to provide a more convenient way to carry while lightening the weight on your shoulder. Connects directly to your dog's collar preventing your four-legged friend from getting out.
3. Outward Hound Kyjen Dog Backpack The Outward Hound Kyjen Dog Backpack features extremely spacious saddlebag compartments to store your dog's favorite things. Includes mesh pockets for additional storage, strong zippers that will not break, and an adjustable harness for the perfect fit. The reflective accents increase your visibility when hiking in the wild. Other features include interior pockets, and an elastic water bottle holder. Made from a strong nylon material, this pack will stand the test of time while you and your pet are on the go.
4. Vere Gloria Dog Carrier The Vere Gloria Dog Carrier was designed to hold dogs weighing up to a maximum of sixteen-pounds. It is made from a soft yet sturdy canvas material that is comfortable and safe to wear. The lightweight fabric is breathable and only weighs in at eight ounces. Velcro, zipper, and elastic side openings hold your pet in safe and securely. There is an additional interior lock that attached to your dog's collar for additional safety.
5. Ruffwear Singletrak Backpack for Dogs Medium, Cloudburst Gray The Ruffwear Singletrak Backpack for Pets has low profile saddlebags that ride close to the body allowing your dog the agility he or she deserves. Two soft-sided 0.6L collapsible water bottles that are BPA free are included. Customizable fit with five points of adjustment allow for a full range of motion for making it more comfortable for you. Other features include a foam padded chest and belly straps. Fits dogs that have a girth of 22-27 inches.
6. Outward Hound DayPak The Outward Hound DayPak Dog Backpack Adjustable Saddlebag Style Dog Accessory is the perfect device for the day tripping dog lover. This pack allows you to comfortably carry your four-legged friend and all the accessories you need for a day out. Made from lightweight materials featuring a saddlebag style design, it is perfect for errands or quick trips with your dog. Four expandable pockets provide for additional storage space. Keeps your dog safe and sound on any adventure.
8. Lovely Baby Front & Back Pack Durable Breathable Comfortable Dog Carrier The Lovely Baby Front & Back Pack Durable Breathable Comfortable Dog Carrier is the perfect choice for carrying around your small dog. Made from an extremely breathable canvas and mesh materials, this pack is lightweight, weighing in at only eight ounces. It allows you to walk your pet hands free. Additional features include a waist self adjusting buckle, adjustable pet neck circumference, and pet safe hook and loop closures to keep your pet safe and secure. The shoulder strap is adjustable to provide you with even more comfort.
9. Tough Traveler Double-Decker Comfort Dog Backpack The Tough Traveler Double-Decker Comfort Dog Backpack is a solid bottom backpack that contains mesh windows for breath ability. This pack is exceptionally comfortable to wear with thick shoulder straps, a padded waist belt, an internal mini-frame, and lift control. A lightweight platform separates the upper and lower deck so that your pet can rest comfortably in the top section, and you can carry his or her accessories in the bottom section.
10. K&H Pet Products Comfy Go Backpack Carrier Purple/Black/Lime The K&H Pet Products Comfy Go Backpack Carrier keeps your dog comfortable while you are on the go. Mesh windows allows your pet to see what is going on around him or her when in the backpack. This amazing carrier easily breaks down for quick storage. Speaking of which, a storage bag is included.
This carrier is made of polyester material and has soft-side frame to make it durable and it will withstand scratching. It is convenience to go out and it will protect your pet. The mesh design is ideal for ventilation as well as visibility. The zippered top entry is ideal for easy access and the mesh side pocket is handy for storing snacks, water, treats and other necessities. With EPE foam padded back and sides, this backpack will help your dog enjoy a nice nap.
12. Original Dog Carrier Backpack Pet Legs Out Front Backpack/Pet Carrier/Bag If you have small dog and want cool thing with him, then this is what has been designed for you. You can on afternoon hikes, evening walks around the city, early morning bike rides and everything in-between. Some of the features of this dog carrier are side ventilation to keep your pet cool, waterproof material making it suitable when thing get little tough. The bottom padding will give you dog extra comfort and the side pocket will be handy for water bottle or snacks. The adjustable strap will accommodate your dog.
13. PoochPouch Front Carrier This front carrier will keep your up safe as well as comfortable. It will make carrying your dog safe and comfortable and easier when you are on the go. The padded straps, back and pouch bottom will create comfort you and your pet. The nylon fabric is water resistant and it is soft and durable. The safety harness attachment and drawstring top will give you added security while the mesh sides will keep your dog cool. If you have 15 pounds dogs, then this carrier if yours!
14. Becko Dog Cat Pet Carrier This is one of the coolest pet carriers with removable bottom cover to make cleaning easier. The adjustable padded straps will help reduce the burden while the extendable strap with buckle will keep your backpack stable. The mesh side pockets will enable you store leash, snacks, whistle, treats, water and more. It is made of polyester material and it can withstand scratches and enable you carry your pet safe and comfortable. This is the backpack which is durable and waterproof suitable for your pet while enjoy early morning bike rides.
15. Becko Dog Cat Pet Carrier This is a fashionable backpack which is suitable for carrying your cat or dog around in comfort and style. It has strip pattern and made of cotton canvas. It will let your dog luxuriate in a soothing stroll and keep your hands free. The adjustable shoulder strap will make your backpack accommodate your pet and the infant-style design will make this carrier perfect choice for toting around your small-sized pets. It has self-fastening hook and loop closure which will guarantee safe transport and give you peace of mind while riding with your pet.
16. Hands-free Reversible Small Dog This is a perfect combination of style as well as convenient. It will take your pet strolling with you and when it is not in use, it stays flat. The soft cotton fabric and polyester is machine washable and waterproof. The external security hasp will prevent your pet from jumping out and the double sided usable design will hold your pet up to twelve pounds during your everyday walk and weekend adventure. This is the backpack for you and you can loops over your shoulder to keep your pet secure and comfortable.
17. Pet Gear Escort Roller Backpack This backpack has telescoping handle with wheels and it can function as a rolling case and you can use it as backpack, carrier, tote, or car seat and it will meet most airline travel regulations. It comes with removable pad to make washing easy and the tether will secure your animal. It features extendable sides to provide additional space and enable you travel with your pet with peace of mind. This stuff will support the weight of your pet, just try it for yourself!
18. Reversible Pet Sling Carrier This pet sling carrier will hold your dog easily and the safety collar hook will ensure that your pet is safe and secure always. It features reversible design to make the bag convenient and looks greater inside/outside. The bag will easily tote your pet during traveling with little effort and you will love the hands-free design. It has soft cotton cloth material to keep your pet relaxed comfortable. The material is machine washable and this will make your dog's bag look new each day.
19. Dogs Carriers Backpack The thick padded will make this backpack easy to carry while the mesh window will keep your pet safe, and he will get proper ventilation and also visibility. The shoulder straps are adjustable and sturdy and the grip handle is comfortable, it has waist and chest strap to make it easier to carry. You pet will luxuriate in front and top entrance and the soft fleece mat is comfortable for your pet. With this backpack, you can take your pet everywhere like national parks as you wish with comfort and safety.
20. Travel Front Backpack If you love your pet and wish to take him to national park, then let this backpack be your number one choice. It features fashionable design and it will let you carry your pet in comfort and style. The infant style design will make this backpack excellent choice for totting smaller-sized pets. The adjustable shoulder strap will accommodate your pet and it will let your pet luxuriate in a soothing stroll and keep you hands-free. It has self-fastening hook and loop closure which will guarantee safe transport.
Why to get one? A dog bike basket lets you take your canine on the road, no matter what the terrain. Dogs love the wind in their face just as much as you do, so giving your canine their own dog bike seat for rides will bring on plenty of tail-wagging. When choosing the dog bike basket that you want to buy, note that there are several different kinds of baskets for you to choose from. Some contain leashes that hook to your pup's collar to keep him from jumping out, while others contain domes or mesh tops that zip up. Here is the detailing of the pros and cons of several different styles. Each pet bicycle basket carrier should be reviewed for safety, comfort, and function!
Important Motorcycle Dog Carrier Features (Small & Large)
Between finding a fair price, and considering additional features, the best thing you can do when selecting a pet carrier is to consider what matters to you, and what might matter to your dog. Some features are a matter of safety. Others, however, are there to serve more of a comfort, or even a level of "entertainment." Different pet owners want, and expect different things from these carriers.
So, don't be afraid to find the one that works for you, and your dog. Consider which features stand out most. With the right carrier attached to your bike, you and your four-legged friend can start going on some incredible trips. With that being said, you have to know what you're looking for. There are certain features every quality pet carrier should have. While it can be exciting, bringing your dog along with you on your bike, it can also be a little scary if you have a less-than-quality carrier to bring them along in. So, when you are searching for the perfect pet carrier for your canine companion, consider the following features:
Durability - It is extremely important for your pet carrier to be durable in almost all conditions, such as the Kuryakyn 4199 Pet Palace Bag. This covers everything from being made with strong materials, to being able to hold up against the happenings of the road. You want your carrier not only to withstand being moved around a lot, but to be able to hold up to weather. Choosing a carrier that is water resistant, like the Kuryakyn 4199 Pet Palace Bag, will help to protect your pet against rain, and other problematic weather. Most reliable pet carriers are made with a heavy-duty plastic, and some are even reinforced with aluminum.
2. Secure Door/Locks - One of the biggest concerns motorcyclists can have when it comes to a great pet carrier is the door. Some bags have several openings, including top windows that allow your dog to stick it's head out and enjoy the open road. But, when you want your pet to be safe and secure, it's important to know that all of the openings are secure and locked. In addition, you should make sure it's not possible for your dog to accidentally unlock anything from the inside of the carrier.
3. No Interior Hazards - Because most pet carriers are made from strong, sturdy materials, there can sometimes be interior hazards to be aware of. Screws or staples that can "poke" through can be dangerous to your pet. When you are looking for a functional carrier, choose something that's durable and strong, but is designed with your dog's safety in mind as they actually spend time inside it, like the Petego Universal Sport Bag. One sleek, seamless design allows your pet to be comfortable, and safe from any dangerous poking when they are in the carrier. Don't be afraid to actually check the interior of the carrier yourself once you purchase one, to see if there are any avoidable hazards. Any screws or staples that may be poking through should be covered as well as possible.
4. Free of Leaks - Even if a carrier is waterproof, leaking can be a completely different issue. Sometimes, your dog might get scared, or restless within the carrier, and have an accident. You want to make sure that any liquids within the carrier stay there, until you can stop and get everything cleaned out. A dog carrier that leaks can not only be irritating, as it can leak onto your bike or belongings, but it can actually cause damage to the fabric over time. This could eventually wear it out, decreasing the lifespan of the carrier itself. Plus, any foul smells are likely to stick around once they seep into the actual fabric.
5. An Absorbent "Floor" - While you don't want leaks to occur, you also probably don't want your dog to have to sit or lay in any accidents they may have. Pooling and puddles are not appealing for anyone, including your canine friend. So, choosing a carrier that advertises absorbent material on the floor of the bag is a smart way to go. An absorbent material will soak up any accidents, and can allow your dog to at least be comfortable until you have time to get everything cleaned up. Another option to consider is a "removable" floor, or a carrier with a floor liner. This makes it easy to take out the soiled area and clean it. If your carrier doesn't have a removable floor or liner, chances are you'll have to clean the whole bag, which can be much more of a chore. Try making cleanup as easy as possible for yourself.
6. Ventilation - This may seem obvious, but not all pet carriers for motorcycles are created equally when it comes to the best ventilation. Whether you are on the open road, or at a pit stop, you will want to ensure that your dog is getting enough ventilation throughout the carrier. This not only helps them to breathe freely and openly, but will keep them cool and comfortable. Carriers with multiple flaps, like the Saddlemen Pet Voyager, are usually great options, as they give you the freedom to give your dog as much fresh air as they need. You love the feeling of the wind in your face while you are riding, so it's safe to say your dog will, too!
7. Comfort - Your dog's comfort level should be one of the biggest considerations when choosing a pet carrier for your motorcycle. Whether you are taking a short ride or making a long trip, ensuring the comfort of your dog is important for their well-being. The best way to make sure they are comfortable, as well as safe, is to choose a carrier that they can move in. That doesn't mean they need to walk around. But, a carrier that allows your dog to stand up and turn around is usually a good rule of thumb as far as adequate space goes. If your dog feels as though they have enough space, they will be far more comfortable.
8. Handles - While the safety and comfort of your pet should be high priorities, functionality for yourself is important, too. The easier a motorcycle pet carrier is for you to use, the more often you are likely to use it. For that reason, it's a good idea to choose a carrier that is easy for you to actually "carry" around and handles are a great solution for that. Some carriers can even double as backpacks. But, it's important to have some way to actually move the carrier from place to place easily.
9. Versatility - Because motorcycle pet carriers are becoming more popular, the "additional features" are becoming more prominent. There are so many carriers available on the market that feature a ton of versatility. This includes everything from carriers that have leashes built in, to carriers with seat harnesses, water bowls, and everything in between. One versatile product that's worthy of your consideration is the Pet Ego Universal Sport Bag Pet Carrier. Granted, the structure and design of the carrier will always be the most important thing. But, a motorcycle carrier for small dogs can be a bit of an investment. With that in mind, don't be afraid to indulge your pet with a few bells and whistles.
10. Affordability - Again, a pet carrier can be an investment. Because there are so many, you are bound to find a wide range of pricing. While it's not necessary to choose the most expensive brand, consider what you are getting for what the price tag reads. Oftentimes, the more expensive models are the carriers that have additional features. They are usually safer and sturdier than the "cheaper" designs.
PROS: - Fast And Easy Install. Simple click system keeps the basket tight on your bike.
Best Used With Bicycle Rack. This dog bike basket works great with existing bicycle rack installations.
Safe and Clean: Easily remove the cover and wash when dirty. Comes with a reflective strip for night riding.
Keeps Pet Secure: Tight security strap means your pet stays put in the carrier.
Best for Slightly Heavier Dogs. This pet bike carrier can hold pets up to 24 lbs.
CONS: - You won't be able to see your pet as you are riding.
6. Sporty Snoozer Red Dog Bicycle Basket Includes an overhead mesh cover with a hole for your pup to stick his head through. Also features large pockets on the side of the dog bicycle basket allows you to bring along treats and other necessities.
PROS: - Cleanable Microfiber Surface. Comes with an easy to clean microfiber for fast cleanups.
Comfortable Inner Pad. Includes an inner pad for pet comfort that can be removed if needed.
Safety Leash Clip. Inner leash clip keeps your pooch secure.
Great For For Smaller Dogs. Holds Pets up to 15 lbs
CONS: - Some buyers feel this carrier needs more straps for better security.
Backpacks for dogs are becoming increasingly popular. For neighborhood walks, backpacks provide a sense of purpose, and encourage dogs to focus on the task at hand, expending more energy on their walks than they would without a backpack. A backpack can remind a dog of its purpose and can let it know that it has worth and that its owner appreciates its effort to stay by his side with the load it is carrying. It is an experience that promotes more enjoyable moments of bonding, improved self-confidence for the dog, and a stronger definition of a companion in the field as the dog gains another purpose.
As an added benefit, backpacks can have a calming effect on dogs with fear aggression. They work much the same way the ThunderShirt does, by wrapping the upper body and applying the same soothing pressure to the dog's torso.
For those who love to camp and bring their best friend along for the hike, backpacks allow your dog to carry his own weight. Water, food, bowls and treats can be easily stored in the saddlebags. If you are new to hiking with your dog, prepare him for long excursions by starting out on short walks with an empty pack, gradually increasing the load.
Whether you are looking for a backpack for light excursions or long treks, there are several features you will want to take into consideration, as the various dog backpacks available on the market are not built with same features or load bearing style. We have selected 5 of the top selling and top rated dog backpacks and reviewed them with an eye toward comfort, durability and best value. You need a ton of stuff when taking your dog out for a walk, or even on longer hikes.
Dog owners will have different considerations to take into account depending on the primary intended use of the backpack. In either instance you will want a backpack that fits securely and does not roll with the dogs stride, ultimately causing chaffing or sores. Hikers will need to consider both the in-town features as well as the long excursion features below. So why not let your pooch carry its own things in one of these handy and functional dog backpacks:
We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. We all wear shoes or boots to protect our feet from rugged terrain, water and hot pavements in the summer. So why shouldn't your canine companion enjoy the same level of protection? Go on, pick up a couple of pairs of these dog booties for your best friend, so he or she can join you throughout the year in any conditions.
The Muttluks All Weather are one of the best quality dog booties you can find on the market. They are super durable and well insulated to protect paws from burning hot pavement or frozen icy sidewalks.
Protex Pawz are made of rubber and have an elasticity to them, which helps them stay on better for high activity dogs. They can also be rinsed off quickly and easily then just hung for quick air drying.
The My Busy Dog are extremely durable and well made, with high quality stitching that won't fray even if your dog chews at them a bit. You can choose from eight different size options, and they are available in red or darkviolet.
The Bark Brite Paw Protectors are a great option for those who go on a lot of nighttime romps with their best friend. Their dual reflective straps make your dog more visible to passing cars or bikes with lights.
A set of DuraPaws Dog Shoes is thick and protective enough for use in snow and ice. They keep paws warm with their fleece lining and a rugged waterproof exterior prevents water from seeping through.
The bottoms of the Hiado CR1000-09 look as carefully designed and engineered as any pair of human's hiking boots or running shoes. They have mesh holes on the side to allow for better air flow for all season use.
The casual Pecute Sneakers may not be the most practical option, but considering how cute they are and their extremely low price point, they are worth buying even if just for some photo time fun.
The Fashion Pet Performance are for the pooch who wants to slog through even the deepest rain puddles in style and comfort while staying dry. After sloshing though mud and gunk, they are conveniently 100% machine washable.
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If long car rides make you stiff and sore, imagine what it's like for a dog who clocks in at 93 human years.
1. Listen to Your Dog!
2. Keep things as Familiar as Possible
3. Protect their joints
4. Choose your Accommodations with Your Dog in Mind and have a Back-up Plan
At a time when the market seems flooded with low quality pet products, it is crucial that you do your research before swiping your credit card. To help you with your shopping, we have picked some of the more popular choices that you have among outdoor dog beds. Dogs love their own bed. One that they can sprawl up on without having to worry about the fussy pet parent sleeping next to them. They can slobber all they want to, sleep tummy curl or superman or any other strange position that catches their fancy.
The best part about training your pooch to sleep in their own bed is that you get better sleep. Science says that if you let your pets sleep in your own bed, chances are high that you may end up waking up more times than you'd like to. Disrupted sleep is as good as no sleep. It starts to affect your productivity, your performance and you will probably end up half sleepy the entire next day.
Contrary to what most people think, a dog bed need not be stored inside the house if you are finicky about it messing with your decor. There is a whole range of outdoor dog beds that are designed for proud canines who boast of their own dog house in the yard or even for ones who are happy to sleep in the porch.
If you have made it so far, then it indicates that you are keen on buying an outdoor dog bed for your pooch but are probably confused at the abundance of shapes, sizes and features that are on display. It is no surprise though. Outdoor dog beds are more popular than ever and this has resulted in an explosion of these beds in the market.
OUTDOOR DOG BED BUYING GUIDE Outdoor dog beds are not much different from indoor ones in their design. The most important difference is that they are waterproof and are made of durable materials that make them resistant to extreme weather conditions.
The Shape: The shape of the bed is one of the most important factors, because you need to ensure that it can be accommodated in the dog kennel or dog crate. Most kennels feature a removable roof that allows you to place dog beds comfortably. But you need to get the size right so that your pet does not feel cramped with the bed inside the kennel. If you are not using a kennel, then you have a lot more options to choose from.
The Material: Outdoor dog beds can be made of spring coil or have a more specialized therapeutic foam surface that helps to alleviate joint pain caused due to osteoarthritis. If you have an older or ailing pet, then a memory foam surface is recommended because it is gentler on their joints and also gives them a soft and comfortable sleeping surface.
Weatherproof: One of the most important features of an outdoor dog bed is that it has to be all-weatherproof. From the occasional slobber session to bladder problems in older dogs, moisture, sunlight and possibly, even snow, your outdoor dog bed will be subject to some extreme conditions all right. You'd expect it to hold up in these conditions.
Heated: If you are placing the dog bed in an outdoor portion of the house, then heated sleeping surfaces are highly recommended. It will automatically adjust the heat according to the ambient temperature and your dog's body temperature.
Elevated: Elevated dog beds feature a mesh like design with non-skid rubber feet and the sleeping surface is elevated from the ground. This keeps it dry and cool. If you do not have a dog kennel, then an elevated surface can be a good choice for an outdoor dog bed.
BEST OUTDOOR DOG BEDS
K&H Manufacturing Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed The Lectro Soft Outdoor Heated Bed is a patented, comfortable, weatherproof outdoor dog bed that boasts of some very impressive features and a great customer rating. It is a heated sleeping surface that needs to be plugged in to an electrical outlet and comes with a 5.5 feet steel coated electrical cord. The bed features an internal thermostat that keeps the temperature at a comfortable 102, allowing your dog's body to stay warm even on a cold winter night. Further, it uses only 40 Watts of electricity. You can rest aside any doubts you have about the product's safety because the electrical cord is insulated and completely safe. The sleeping surface is an orthopedic memory foam that helps to alleviate joint pains and other niggles that pets have. Further, the heated surface is very helpful for ailing and aging dogs who have rheumatoid arthritis and other joint conditions. The Lectro Soft Outdoor dog bed comes with a waterproof and durable PVC external layer that can be covered with a soft removable fleece cover. Must buy for pets who sleep in barns, garages, or outside the house without a dog kennel. It is a very comfortable and therapeutic sleeping surface.
The Refined Canine Outdoor Dog Bed Are you looking for a stylish outdoor dog bed that is ideal for your patio or poolside deck? This refined canine outdoor dog bed is just what the pooch-doctor ordered. It is a stylish lounge chaise styled dog bed that features a sun shade and a 6 inch thick elevated sleeping surface. Constructed from a durable poly rattan, the canopy offers excellent sun protection, provided you position it correctly. Otherwise, it just looks dapper on your patio as your pet cools off while you are enjoying some pool time. It is easy to remove too when not needed. The outdoor cushion is six inches thick and is machine washable. So, those drool and slobber sessions won't do much damage. Elevated 6 inches off the ground, it keeps your fur ball dry and comfortable. Also, it is ridiculously easy to assemble and construct. This is a very comfortable and stylish patio dog bed that can also be used as an indoor sleeping surface without the canopy. Hard to go wrong with it.
The Orthopedic M/L/XL Premium Grade Memory Foam Dog Bed This outdoor orthopedic dog bed offers your pet a luxurious and roomy outdoor bed that does not compromise on comfort. Featuring a four inch thick sleeping surface that has two inches of durable supportive foam base with two inches of therapeutic memory foam on top, it gives your pet an extremely comfortable and therapeutic sleeping surface that adheres to the pressure changes and helps to reduce joint pain. The bed is available in three different sizes and each one is perfect for different dog breeds who like to stretch out. No hanging limbs on this one. A machine-washable and removable, waterproof outer cover protects the foam from incontinence and possible exposure to other liquids. Resistant to molds, mildews & dust mites, the cover makes this the perfect low-maintenance bed for outdoor use. It also features a durable, denim-grade zipper that holds up perfectly in all kinds of weather. A safe non-slip bottom, ensures that your pet does not slip or skid when getting up or getting on the bed. Value for money! This all-weather orthopedic sleeping surface is completely worth the price. It will be an investment that will keep your pet comfortable and hold up perfectly for years.
Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed with Knitted Fabric The elevated pet bed from Coolaroo is one of the most popular outdoor dog beds in the market. It has been around for years and is considered by pet parents as possibly, the most durable outdoor dog bed. It features a cot styled design with a powder-coated steel frame and an elevated mesh fabric sleeping surface. The steel frame is ideal for a variety of weather conditions. There are pet parents who have used it year round in snow, sun and rain without any problems whatsoever. No rusting or warping. Unlike conventional thick sleeping surfaces, the Coolaroo elevated pet bed uses a minimalist but breathable HDPE knitted mesh fabric surface. This keeps the dog's body cool even on a warm and sunny day. It is extremely durable and even if you have a scratcher or a digger, it won't tear or give away. You can choose from two different sizes and color options. The large size has a weight load capacity of 150 pounds making it ideal for dogs of all sizes. If you are looking for a durable and minimalist outdoor bed, you just found it. It has a proven track record and comes at a great price.
FurHaven NAP Dog Bed Egg-Crate Orthopedic Pet Mattress The FurHaven NAP pet bed is a compact and cozy sleeping bed for your pooch and their feline brethren. It is 27-inch x 36-inch in size and is available in a whole range of color choices. Completely waterproof, this is an ideal outdoor dog bed. But the compact size also makes it a great choice for picnics and camping trips. Also, if you wish to protect your furniture pieces from dog fur, just place this bed on the couch and let your pooch grab some winks without worrying about dander and drool. The sleeping surface is made from an egg-crate orthopedic foam that offers excellent support to aching joints. If you have an old dog or one that is recovering from injury, then this NAP pet bed is just what you need. It is plush but does not sink even if you have a heavy large sized dog. A step-on mat design allows older pets to step on and get up easily from the bed. It features a water-resistant, coated poly canvas cover that is perfect for outdoor use. Just remove and machine wash it if it's dirty. Low maintenance and extremely comfortable for your pet, this dog bed comes at a great price too. This is a budget priced outdoor dog bed that is perfect for dogs and cats. You can choose from a range of sizes and colors too. Great buy.
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Camper aficionados who have full-sized mobile lodgings of their own can now have a matching miniature version made just for their pets. Designer Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Designs, who typically makes surrealist anthropomorphic furniture, got the idea when his daughter asked him to build a doghouse for their puppy.
The Pet Camper is available in four different versions, or you can order a custom version in any materials, size, color and style that you like.
They're made to be used indoors as a kennel or for brief periods outdoors as a place for pets to get out of the sun.
The trailers are made for small dogs weighing under 20 pounds, though larger models suitable for bigger dogs may be on the way, and the trailers are appropriate for cats, too.
It's easy to imagine these adorable mobile canine lodgings sitting outside the larger versions owned by the tiny occupants' human companions.
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Gastrointestinal Distress Related to Motion in Dogs Much like humans who experience a feeling of illness while in on car trips, dogs and cats can also get a queasy stomach when traveling in the car or even by boat or air.
Symptoms and Types Dogs show their uneasiness in various ways. The first signs of motion sickness may be a constant licking of the lips, followed by excessive drooling; yawning; whining or crying out in distress - immobility or acting afraid to move and finally, vomiting or regurgitation. An extremely emotional dog may even urinate or defecate in the car.
Causes There are several potential causes of motion sickness in dogs and cats. Young dogs may experience this condition more frequently because their equilibrium needs to develop a bit more as they mature. Some dogs may actually "grow out" of the condition if this is the case. The cause of motion sickness can also be emotional behavioral and linked to a bad travel experience in early life.
Diagnosis Once neurologic and behavioral causes are ruled out, the diagnosis of motion sickness can be easily made by your veterinarian. The history of your dog's reaction to traveling usually points to the problem.
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