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Things to Consider When Travelling with a Dog

Updated on February 22, 2015

A canine companion can be a good travelling companion too, as long as you bear in mind the rules, regulations and basic care necessities. Many families are choosing to take advantage of new rules to take their pets on holiday with them around Europe. If you are taking a road trip rather than flying, perhaps your furry pal could tag along too? Much of travelling with a dog comes down to simple common sense, but in case you are planning a holiday with your dog later this year, here is a check list of things you should never neglect when travelling with your best friend:

Get a pet passport if you are travelling abroad within the EU:

Neglecting the paperwork is never a good idea and in this instance it could have very sad consequences. You may be separated from your dog for a long time if you fail to follow the rules. Get it right though, and it is relatively simple to travel abroad with your dog.

Get a pet passport

Make sure your pet has had a rabies vaccination and is up to date with all injections:

There is the law, of course, but this is also just plain old common sense. You want to make sure that your dog remains in tip top health throughout your journey.


Rabies vaccination

Be sure to bring all documentation with you:

This should go without saying, but please, please do make sure that you bring all relevant paperwork with you. Keep it all together in a safe place where you can access it quickly if asked for it.

Bring all documentation

Remember not to let them overheat:

This is always important, but especially on a road trip and especially if you are travelling to a warm country. Never, ever leave your dog in a car – in hot sunlight it literally becomes like an oven and could actually kill your beloved pet. Also, remember dogs don't have shoes. The pavement can become very, very hot in summer, so be aware of this and don't let your dog's paws get burned. Make sure they don't run around too much in hot sun either – heatstroke is a danger for them as well as you.


Remember not to let them overheat:

Bring plenty of water for them as well as you:

Dehydration can be serious for dogs and humans. Take regular drinks as you travel on your road trip and make sure that your dog does the same. A no-spill water bowl designed to stay in the car with them at all times is a good idea, especially if you are doing long distances without stopping much.


Bring plenty of water

Never leave your dog unattended:

Sadly, dogs are dog-napped occasionally. Even without that danger though, even an extremely well trained dog can do bad/strange things in unfamiliar environments. Never leave your dog on their own in a strange place.


Never leave your dog unattended:

Don't let your dog off lead unless you are absolutely sure you won't lose them:

Again, no matter how sure you are at home, make doubly sure on holiday. Is it really safe to let your dog off there? Will they really come back to you when you call? Will you be able to keep an eye on them at all times. Be aware that most campsites will make you keep your dog on lead on the site, so bring a long lead so they have a bit of space to move while you are chilling out in camp. If you are staying in a dog friendly hotel, be aware of other dogs and remember that not all are necessarily as friendly as yours.


Don't let your dog off lead unless you are absolutely sure you won't lose them:

Always keep a couple of dog towels handy:

Dogs get dirty, it is a fact of life. Sudden bursts of rain can leave you having to change your clothes but a dog can't change his fur so make sure you can dry him off when he gets really wet. He may also go for a swim, as many dogs love to do. You don't want him getting in the car or tent all wet and sandy.


Dog towels

Always pick up after your dog:

Shame on you if you don't. It is anti-social and selfish. It's your dog, so it is your job to pick up after him. Make sure you pack plenty of biodegradable bags to last throughout your trip. (Along with handy wet wipes to clean up afterwards, just in case.)


Always pick up after your dog

Give them plenty of exercise:

A tired dog is a happy dog. If you are wondering why your dog is a bit restless at nighttime during your holiday, ask yourself whether you have been neglecting their exercise regime. Most dogs will love walking around and exploring an area with you. They love to run, play catch, and dig on a beach, and they will love splashing around in shallow water just as much as the kids do.

Happy Dog :)

Make sure you have lots of fun together:

Depending on the character of your dog, they may love all the change and upheaval from their ordinary lives, or they may be a little nervous and unsettled. Make sure you keep paying attention to your dog throughout your holiday. Be as sensitive to his moods as he is to yours. Give him plenty of love, play and attention and he will probably enjoy his holiday as much as you will, I hope, have enjoyed yours.


Many sorts of holidays lend themselves to taking a dog. Camping trips are obviously the most common option, but more and more places are opening up that cater to the more luxury loving dog owners out there. From dog friendly self-catering, B&B or guesthouse accommodation to the very chic and a la mode luxury dog hotels and top-end resorts.


Wherever you and your dog head off to, whether you walk the hills together, play on a perfect beach or potter around a destination, make sure you think about them as much as you think about enjoying your holiday. If you do then, almost certainly, a good time will be had be all.


Lots of fun together

Finally :)

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi Marilyn Fritz

      Thank you for the feedback and comment :) sounds great! I don' think id bring my car on holiday though maybe my dog haha :)

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Marilyn 2 years ago from Nevada

      Hi Traveleze, You make very interesting and important points here about pets traveling with you. Here in Las Vegas, Nevada, most of the Hotel/Resorts do not allow pets in the rooms, but there are a few of the smaller hotels that do accommodate medium sized pets. Most people lodge their pet at one of the local pet hotels, of which we have several good ones that house a variety of pets, dogs, cats. Always check ahead, and make reservations for them too, so you don't have to search while on vacation. Great hub!

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi katiecianni

      Thank you Will do

      Lee

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      Katie Cianni 2 years ago from Cheshire

      Keep it up :)

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      Lee Thomas Slater 2 years ago from Manchester

      I love my dogs take them everywhere with me

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi katiecianni

      Thank you i try my best :)

      Lee

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      Katie Cianni 2 years ago from Cheshire

      Great info!

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi lisapikey

      Thank you very much, do you have a dog then and take it on holiday?

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Lisa Pikey 2 years ago from Liverpool

      Some useful information thanks

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi melissae1963,

      Yep i don't see dogs as pets but as family members

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      We've always travelled with our dogs. They're part of the family.

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      Kevin Deverson 2 years ago from Leyland, UK

      Yep Emma, My dog Jack is so Loyal he would die for me

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      Emma Southworth 2 years ago from Manchester

      I agree KevvoDeverson, I like cats but much prefer Dogs! They are much nicer and don't look down on you like a cat does dogs are part of the family cats think they are the boss of the family

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      Kevin Deverson 2 years ago from Leyland, UK

      Nothing more loyal than a dog!

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      Emma Southworth 2 years ago from Manchester

      Deal :)

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi emmaouthworth,

      Agreed lets go on one :) haha

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi Thomasjames1992,

      Thank you

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      Emma Southworth 2 years ago from Manchester

      Doggy holidays :)

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      Thomas James 2 years ago from London

      Funny hub! I Don't have a dog but useful information ill show to my friend who travels with her dog a lot!

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi mk-globetrotter

      Thanks i try my best :) Glad you like it and your comment is highly appreciated

      Thanks

      Lee