Travel season is here, and for pawrents who like to take their furry family members on trips, here is the latest scoop on traveling with your pets.
According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, it’s estimated that 70% of U.S. households have pets. There has also been a rise in pet travel. People are increasingly including their dogs and cats on their trips. Dog friendly vacations make a fun time for the entire family but traveling with pets takes some advance planning and attention to detail. Here are top tips for an enjoyable road trip with your dog.
Make sure your dog is fully acclimated to and has a positive association with car travel and adventure. This can be accomplished by taking your dog on short car trips and errands around town. You may also want to take them to the park and other areas where they will be introduced to different environments as well as be around new dogs and people. End these trips with playtime, praise, and reward for good behavior in the car.
Prepare for the trip by making a folder with your packing lists, hotels, restaurants, activities, and all the fun things you can do with your dog.
Pet’s Packing List
Enjoy your time together in your new surroundings. After a long day on the road, your dog will likely want to be close to what’s familiar and if you’re in a new location the most familiar thing for them will be you. Be prepared to spend the majority of time outdoors. Here are some fun things to do:
*Check your airline for specific regulations, health documents and fees. Policies vary by airlines.
*Get your pet used to its carrier before the flight.
*Purchase flights with fewer connections or layovers.
*Walk your pet before leaving home and again before checking in. Keep pick-up bags, wee-wee pads, paper
towels and hand sanitizer accessible.
*Bring favorite non-squeaky toys and treats and play a little before boarding. Keep your pup on your lap if possible
and communicate throughout the flight to reduce stress.
*If your plans include international travel, contact the International Pet and Animal Transportation
Association (IPATA) for required information.
Here are seven websites that provide helpful information about hotels, restaurants, events, and attractions that