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  • Seven Pet Travel Tips Every Pet Owner Should Know

    by David Comiskey

    Traveling with pets can be a great experience. However, how you plan on traveling with your pet will greatly determine the number of steps you will need to take to prepare properly. Your type of pet is also important. To ensure that traveling with your pet is a positive experience, follow the seven pet travel tips in this article. 

    A yellow lab traveling in a car.

    Seven Pet Travel Tips

    1)   Go to the vet before you leave

    No matter what type or length of trip you have scheduled, it is a good idea to visit the vet before you go. Some pets will require a certificate of health. This is especially true for international travel and travel by airplane. 

    Even if you do not need a formal certificate of health, it is a good idea to make sure your pets are in good health before you leave. For one thing, you don’t want to take a sick pet to a new environment where they could potentially cause other humans or pets to get sick. For another, traveling with sick pets is never fun. 

    2)   Train your pet while they’re young

    The better trained and socialized your pet is, the easier it will be to travel with them. Start working on traveling with your pets while they are young. It is a good idea to start small and ramp up the travel time as they get accustomed to everything. 

    In addition to exposing your pets to the idea of traveling, make sure that they are well socialized and trained as well. Socialized pets are easier to take in public. They are less likely to be skittish or aggressive. Well-trained pets are also more likely to follow your commands, which is essential while you’re on the move. And, finally, most pet-friendly hotels require that your pets are friendly, potty trained, and quiet.

    3)   Plan your route and accommodations in advance

    If you are planning a road trip with your pet, it is a good idea to plan your route, food stops, and accommodations in advance. As tempting as it is to just hit the road,a well-planned journey will be much less stressful for everyone involved. 

    Remember: Not all hotels allow pets. Even the ones that do allow pets will typically have weight restrictions or they may not allow more than one pet at a time. Planning will make sure you don’t have to drive halfthe night to find a hotel that will take you and your pet. You may also want to plan stops at pet-friendly restaurants. These, too, will need to be found in advance and written into your itinerary. 

    4)   Keep your pet secure

    No matter how you are traveling, you need to keep your pet secure. On planes, this means purchasing the correct sized travel carrier for your pet. If you are traveling in a vehicle, then you need to harness or otherwise secure your pet. There are many products available in 2020 that allow you to secure any pet safely in a vehicle. These products keep your pets safe and keep them from providing an unsafe distraction to you as you drive.

    5)   Never leave the pet alone in your vehicle 

    When traveling by vehicle, it is important to never leave a pet alone. You should plan regular potty breaks (for both you and your pet!), but make sure you can always take your pet with you. You will be amazed at the speed with which a vehicle can become too hot or cold for a pet. Plan to stop at rest areas that allow you to enter with your pets.

    6)   Pack toys and treats

    All pets, like humans, get bored during long travel days. You want to make traveling as fun for your pet as possible, especially if this is their first trip. That means bringing favorite toys or treats. Not only can a favorite toy be distracting in the car, but it can remind your pet of homeand help them feel more secure. 

    7)   Keep your pets microchipped and tagged

    Responsible pet owners should ensure that their pets are microchipped and tagged. However, when you are traveling it is even more important to have your contact information on your pet. If they happen to slip away from you, you want to ensure that anyone who finds them can return them to you immediately.

    It’s best to put your cell phone number as the contact number. When you are traveling, it is less likely that anyone will be at your home to answer the phone. Cell phones are typically on us at all times, which will make finding your pet that much easier. 


    Pets can be wonderful travel companions. You just need to follow the tips above. Most importantly, practice makes perfect. Keep traveling with your pet. The more you do it, the easier it will become. Then, you will always be able to experience and enjoy new sights and smells with your pet by your side. 

    If you’re not able to bring your pet on your next trip, sign up for Barkly and find a local dog walker in your neighborhood.


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