GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS FOR DOG OWNERS
The summer has begun and with it the family holiday and travel time. Many dog owners are gearing up now for the well-deserved break in the mountains or by the sea, at home or abroad.
- Make sure to feed your dog 2 hours prior to departure, whether you travel by car, plane, ferry or any other means of transport. Also, walk your dog just before departure.
- The dog should be accustomed to traveling in a pet carrier. This will facilitate the travel.
- The dog should have a customized collar (with dog’s name and your phone number put on it)
In the car
In general, a car is the best means of transport for animals. But, in order to make the dog as comfortable as possible while driving, few things are required. Campers or large station wagon with air conditioning are also very pleasant.
Since dogs tend to twist and turn during driving, the luggage must be well secured by a safety gate or net. This will keep your pet safe in case of sudden emergency braking. In many countries, even in Germany, there are security requirements concerning transportation of animals. If you choose to ignore the rules, you will be severely punished.
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On the plane
All animals sometimes face difficulties. If you choose to leave your dog in the cargo hold, keep in mind that it must spend some time alone in a special box, which is an unknown environment. Except being very noisy, cargo spaces rarely have a temperature control. Also, there are numerous cases of animals that have died because of harsh conditions. Do not forget that you have no control over how your dog is treated. Moreover, airport employees are often not sufficiently trained to deal with animals.
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On the train
Make sure to plan your schedule in advance. Thus, your pet will have plenty of time to get accustomed to public transportation. It is advisable to visit the train station several times before departure, making sure to avoid the rush hour the first few times. Be sure to give the dog a feeling that such trips are completely normal. Positive reinforcement, such as food treats, will encourage the dog. Indeed, once the dog gets accustomed to travelling, it will be happy and enthusiastic about it.
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Dogs on the ferry, buses and the subway
- Long-distance buses offer no transportation for animals. However, assistance dogs (guide dogs, seeing eye dogs, hearing dogs, or assistance dogs in training) are allowed on all public transport services, provided that you carry an Assistance Animal Permit. In addition, other pets are not permitted on stations or trains.
- A special ticket for recognized assistance dogs is not necessary
- The dog must be leashed at all times or be transported in a suitable transport box
- The dog must be under constant control of the handler
Travel list – The most important things
- All necessary documents (pet passport, a microchip for identification, official veterinary health certificate and possible surgical insurance or health card). In general, airlines require pet health certificates that are no older than 10 days.
- Dog belt for road trips
- Plenty of dogs food and water
- Medicaments for travel sickness (and other essential drugs)
- Grooming product supplies and towels (to dry the dog after walks in the woods or on the beach)