Traveling with a dog does not have to take a long time and be stressful, if you plan everything right. Learn here what you should consider when traveling with your dog.
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Traveling with a dog: important preparations
Holidays begin with doing things in advance. It all depends on the holiday destination. You must be well informed from the beginning about your holiday destination and also about the rules about dogs there. Other countries – Other customs!
In any case, the EU pet passport issued by the veterinarian must be included. It is like your pet's passport. It is also important that the dog has a full vaccination certificate, which must be taken. Depending on how you arrive, the vaccination certificate is verified. And if something is wrong, that's all for the first time with a relaxing holiday. Therefore, recheck in advance if vaccination is approaching or if it is required at your destination.
Since 2011, the dog must have an additional chip to enter other European countries. Most dogs are already splintered at the age of puppies today. If this is not the case with your dog and he has a tattoo, talk to your veterinarian. It is not particularly painful for your four-legged friend, it only has advantages and is now even mandatory.
The last point is the insurance issue. You should definitely take the civil liability insurance insurance number or the policy, since even dogs with better behavior in a foreign environment can sometimes behave atypically.
Today, you can also take out health insurance, but this depends on the country of your vacation, the constitution and the general state of health of the dog. When traveling with a dog, there is even a special foreign health insurance, which only applies for a certain period of time. This should be thought of in the long term and not begin in the last previous week.
What do you have to take with you?
In any case, it is important that you travel with enough dog food. You should never rely on the fact that there is the same food in the destination and spontaneously switch to another. This is not ideal for digesting the dog.
Another important point is the travel pharmacy. Everything is there to provide medical care to the dog. Either after an accident or with the regular medication that the dog needs at home.
In the suitcase belong but also other things like:
- A transport basket (adapted to the size of the dog)
- A strap with address label (which also highlights the mobile number better)
- Depending on a muzzle (about a muzzle obligation at the holiday destination, you must inform yourself in advance)
- Water and food bowl
- Try on the go
For the dog it is particularly important that he is not completely homeless in the new environment. Therefore, you should bring a basket or blanket and some toys that your dog knows from home and give you security.
Let's go on a trip
First, we want to use the car. Depending on the size of the dog, the car and the amount of luggage, there are several ways to transport your four-legged friend. Large dogs travel best in the trunk or in the back seat. Of course, include a travel harness, which is secured in the car or a safety grill to separate passenger space to do so. When the dog travels in the trunk next to the luggage, one must also make sure that when he makes a tight turn or slows the poor guy, not everything flies around the ears. Of course, you can also transport medium-sized dogs, but for the little ones, traveling in a transport box, such as the Cargo Cabrio Transportbox, is an option. Here you have your own safe place, you are protected from flying luggage and protected from the charms that would only stress you.
Since one can determine when is the driving time, when is the time for a break, you should treat your dog even after a few hours of driving time and again a break where you can move a little, solve and also relax. If you play with the four-legged friend now, it can reduce accumulated energy and stress, and you will be relaxed and happy until the next scale. Be careful on the road: although the dog needs fresh air, but with too strong air conditioning there is also the risk of catching a cold.
An advice: Although it seems stupid to some, talk to your dog. He is calm by the sound of your voice and knows that he is not alone.
And when you go on vacation? When traveling by plane, transport boxes are essential. These must be approved so that they remain intact and provide your dog with the necessary protection. Large and medium dogs are usually housed in the cellar. Depending on the airline, smaller dogs of up to 6 kg can be carried in a carrying bag to the passenger compartment. Long flights are very stressful for the little ones, since they are not allowed to move. In general, you should rethink air and train travel several times, because they mean much more stress for the dog than, for example, a car trip together.