Travelling with the Dog

 

Travelling with your Dog

There is no reason why you should have to leave your dog behind if you are going out
in the car or even if you are going on holiday! They love the company and adventure. 

Nowadays it's much easier to take him with you as there are plenty of dog friendly hotels, caravan and camping sites and B&Bs around the world that will welcome you both with open arms.  Taking your dog with you can avoid the stress of putting him in boarding kennels or finding a suitable dog sitter. Our help page is full of practical advice so whether you are popping across town in the car, going on holiday or even moving abroad, you will find answers to your questions here.  One good piece of advice stands for all travel situations: it's best to have your dog micro-chipped!  

Travelling by car

How to travel safely with your dog

View our dog travel Products section for a wide range of cages and crates

Travel tips for your dog's comfort

Warning!

 

Travelling by bus and rail

Travelling with your dog by rail

Travelling with your dog by bus

View our dog travel Products section for leads, collars, harnesses and travel crates and carriers

Travelling by air

Check your dog is healthy to fly

Please check with your vet to make sure your dog is fit enough to fly. Some dogs are in a high risk category which includes short-nosed breeds like boxers and bulldogs, dogs with heart or lung conditions, young puppies, elderly dogs and nervous dogs.

The PET Travel Scheme

Since the introduction of the PETS passport scheme flying with your dog has become a little easier.  The PET Travel Scheme rules are that you must get your dog micro-chipped, immunised against rabies, have blood samples taken and have treatment for ticks and tapeworm.  Once this is done it means that you then come home to the UK after your trip without having to put him in quarantine.

Warning!

There are specialist Pet Travel Agencies available who will arrange everything for you but there are risks involved as while some airlines allow small dogs (weighing 6 – 8 kg) in the cabin, others insist they fly cargo in the pressurised hold.   The temperature in cargo holds can be extremely hot or cold depending on the weather and the height the aircraft is flying and you should also bear in mind your dog could be at the mercy of delayed flights sitting on the tarmac, rough baggage handling and poor ventilation.

Container specifications

You will need to have a container for your dog that complies with the International Air Transportation Association specifications. Let your dog 'try out' the container before the trip so he is used to being in it and put a familiar-smelling cushion or rug in the container to help him settle.  Attach spill proof water and food bowls and ID tags to the container and only give your dog a light meal a few hours before travelling.

 

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