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Traveling Tips for Dogs

Traveling Tips for Dogs

In Brooklyn where I live there is a great “doggie camp” that our three dogs love to visit when we are away. But it is expensive, and when factored into our vacation budget, which includes travel and accommodations for a family of four, we’re looking at, like, a one-day vacation.

So we began taking them along with us. Our rare plane trips across the country were replaced by road trips to more locally located beach house rentals that take dogs–and we appreciate that our dogs have made this already pretty green family greener. I like some of these tips about traveling with your pooch, and thought I’d share.

When traveling with your dog do you carry a current photograph of your pet with you? If your pet is lost during a trip, a photograph will make it easier for others (airline employees, the police, shelter workers, and others) to help you find him. This is just one of the helpful tips offered by the Humane Society of the United States. Here are some more:

Travel Carriers:
Travel carriers are mandatory when your pet is traveling by air.
Your pet’s carrier should be durable and smooth-edged with opaque sides, a grille door, and several ventilation holes on each of the four sides. Choose a carrier with a secure door and door latch.
Select a carrier that has enough room to permit your animal to sit and lie down but is not large enough to allow your pet to be tossed about during travel.
It is wise to acclimate your pet to the carrier in the months or weeks preceding your trip. Permit your pet to explore the carrier. Place your pet’s food dish inside the carrier and confine him or her to the carrier for brief periods.

For more on preparing your pet supplies for traveling.

By Car
Dogs who enjoy car travel need not be confined to a carrier if your vehicle has a restraining harness to restrain the animal. Most pet supply shops carry a wide range of doggie travel harnesses that buckle into most standard seat belts to secure your dog safely and securely.
It is also a good idea to travel with your pet in the back seat of the car (although, never in the bed of a pick-up truck!), because of the possibility of a front-seat passenger side airbag deploying and causing possible harm to your pet in an accident.
Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. On warm days, the temperature in your car can rise to 120F degrees in a matter of minutes, even with the windows opened slightly. Furthermore, an animal left alone in a car is an invitation to pet thieves.

For more tips on traveling with your pet by car, visit this page at the Humane Societyof the United States.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:11AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Please do NOT place them in a suit case as seen on the story line!

7:14AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for posting

8:06AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Travelling by plane is terrifying for any dog larger than a 5-kilos so-called canine.
Air companies really should open up to actual dogs, not only Chihuahuas and Pinschers. Real dogs don't fit in carriers!

12:15AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Noted

5:21AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

My Dog in the back seat ....has a blanket,bowl of water and we stop for a break,also she's chiped and she is on my disc on my camera...

2:47AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

nice dog photo

2:02PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Thanks.

1:33AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Thanks for the info.

12:57AM PST on Jan 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:50PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

shame on you laurie peterson for endangering OTHERS by talking on the phone and driving at the same time. i suppose catching dog puke is allowable...

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