Be a good guest. Make your friends and family thrilled that your dog joined the festivities by being considerate of all guests and insuring that your dog is on his/her best behavior. Make your dog feel at home and safe by bringing along some extra gear—your dog’s favorite bowl and kibble, a familiar bed, even a doggie gate. Reward hoteliers, restaurateurs and shop owners who roll out the canine red carpet by following the rules; traveling with your own dog sheet, towel and lint rollers; and spreading the word about good dog service.
Travel by air, particularly to international destinations, requires more preparation than hopping in your car, but it can be done.
• If your pup can fit in a carrier under your seat and thus ride in the cabin with you, airplanes can be a wonderful way to see the world together.
• The ASPCA recommends against flying animals in cargo. If you must, it suggests using a USDA-approved shipping crate, flying nonstop, and avoiding pre-flight sedatives (for more airplane tips, see aspca.org).
• When traveling out of the country, have up-to-date health-care records with you. Contact the embassies of countries you’ll be visiting for the requirements and restrictions.
For information on U.S. regulations regarding pet travel in foreign destinations, contact the USDA at usda.gov or 800.545.USDA.
Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.