Traveling with Dogs
Whether you are traveling with your dogs because you consider them part
of your family and can’t bear to be away from them, because you were
unable to find a sitter for them or because you think they will enjoy
the vacation destination you may find that with a little advanced problem
traveling with your dogs is not difficult. You do have to do your research
before hand to ensure that your trip with your dogs will be enjoyable.
Many hotels do not allow pets or place limitations on the amount or
size of the dogs. Also, if you are planning to travel by airplane you
should do your research carefully before booking a flight.
Finding a hotel to accommodate you and your dogs isn’t hard but it should
be done in advance. Not all hotels accept dogs so it is recommended
that you make your hotel reservations in advance so that you have adequate
time to find a hotel in the desired area that will accept the number
and size of dogs that you will be traveling with on your vacation. Planning
to make your lodging arrangements when you arrive can be problematic
especially if you find that many area hotels do not accept dogs. Even
those hotels that do accept dogs may only allow dogs in certain rooms
so it is a good idea to make your arrangements in advance at to make
sure that the hotel staff notes that you will be traveling with dogs
so that they can reserve an appropriate room for you and your pets.
Many hotels charge additional fees when you have dogs staying with you.
Sometimes these are refundable deposits that are returned to you if
the room remains undamaged. Other times the fees are nightly fees assessed
per animal. Still other hotels charge you a one time non-refundable
fee that is justified by the additional cleaning that is usually required
after an animal departs.
Flying with your dogs is also a part of your travel that involves advanced
planning. Depending on the size of your dog, they might be able to travel
with you in the cabin or they might have to travel in an airline approved
crate in the cargo portion of the airplane. Small dogs that fit in carriers
that can be placed under your seat are sometimes permitted to travel
in the cabin but you should check with the airline before booking your
flight. Large dogs are almost always required to travel in a crate in
the cargo department. Again you should check with the airline because
there are sometimes limitations on the amount of animals that they can
carry and if there are already several dogs booked, you may have to
choose another flight. Also, some airlines place restrictions on the
time of year when they will allow dogs to travel. Some will not allow
you to fly with your dogs if the temperature is too high or too low.
If your dog is going to be traveling in the cargo bay there are some
tips you can take to ease the stress of their flight. They will be confined
to the safety of the crate and most baggage handlers will be aware that
there is an animal in the crate but placing a “Live Animal,” sign on
the crate will make sure they are aware. You could also create a sign
with your dog’s picture and name asking those who encounter the dog
to say hello to them. Sometimes just hearing their name can help your
dog to relax. Including a favorite toy in the crate can also put your
dog at ease. You may be required to check in your dog early so it is
important to walk them just before you check in so that they will be
comfortable for the flight. A small blanket can also help your dog to
feel comfortable while they are in their crate.
Traveling with your beloved dogs can enhance your travel experience.
There are, however, a few precautions to take when doing so. These precautions
will help to make the trip enjoyable for you and your pet.
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