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Options for Travelling with Your Dog


A dog travelling in a car, with their head out the window.

Travelling with dogs is an adventure that many pet owners in the UK look forward to. Whether it's a trip to the countryside, a holiday by the coast, or even venturing abroad, ensuring your canine companion is comfortable and safe is paramount. This blog explores the various options for travelling with a dog, providing insights and tips to make the journey enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.


Road Trips with Your Dog

One of the most common methods of travelling with a dog is by car. Before embarking on a road trip, it's crucial to get your dog accustomed to car travel. Start with short journeys and gradually increase the duration. Ensure your dog is securely restrained using a seat belt harness, pet carrier, or vehicle pet barrier. Remember to take regular breaks for your dog to stretch their legs and relieve itself.


Taking Your Dog on Trains

Many pet owners might not be aware, but dogs are welcome on most trains across the UK. When travelling with a dog on a train, keep them on a leash or in a pet carrier, especially during busy times. Always check the train company's pet policy beforehand, as rules may vary.


Before making any plans to travel abroad, you should check whether your dog is of a breed banned in the country you are visiting, or any you will be passing through. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier for example is a banned breed in France and subject to many restrictions.


Flying with Your Dog

Flying with dogs is possible, but it requires careful planning. Understand the airline's policy on pet travel, which may include health certificates, pet passports, and suitable carriers. Consider the size of your pet, as smaller dogs may be allowed in the cabin, while larger breeds will travel in the hold.


Ferry and Public Transportation

Travelling with a dog on ferries is another option for reaching destinations within and outside the UK. Like airlines, ferry companies have their policies regarding pet travel, so research and preparation are key. Additionally, when using public transportation within cities, check the regulations, as some services may allow pets on board under certain conditions.


Accommodation

Finding pet-friendly accommodation is essential when travelling with your dog. Many hotels, B&Bs, and holiday rentals welcome pets, but it's important to confirm their pet policy and any additional fees or restrictions.


Preparing Your Dog for Travel

Regardless of how you plan to travel with your dog, preparation is crucial. Ensure your dog is microchipped, and their details are up to date. Pack a travel bag for your dog, including water, food, bowls, a leash, waste bags, and any medications. This also includes flea and worm control. Check whether the area you are going to, whether inside or outside the UK will require your dog to have any extra protection from additional parasites that your dog may come into contact with.


Commonly Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a pet passport to travel with my dog?

A: For international travel, including to EU countries, a pet passport or animal health certificate is typically required. Check the latest regulations with your vet or at Gov.uk before you travel.


Q: How can I keep my dog calm during travel?

A: Familiar items like their favourite toy or blanket can help soothe your dog. Also, consider use of calming sprays or supplements, which can be obtained through your vet, for particularly anxious pets.


Q: Can all dogs fly in the cabin on planes?

A: Policies vary by airline. Typically, only small dogs that can fit in an under-seat carrier are allowed in the cabin. Larger dogs must travel in the hold.


Q: What should I do if my dog gets motion sickness?

A: Consult your vet for advice. They may recommend fasting your dog for a few hours before travel or providing medication to ease motion sickness.


Conclusion

Travelling with your dog can be a rewarding experience, bringing you closer together and allowing you to share new adventures. By choosing the right mode of transport, preparing adequately, and considering your dog's comfort and safety, you can ensure a pleasant journey for everyone involved.



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