When going on vacation, most dog owners have to make the decision of whether or not to bring their beloved pooch with them. For some owners, it’s easier to leave their dog at a boarding kennel because they know that their dog will receive basic care while there. Other owners can’t possibly imagine leaving their dog behind so they must bring him with them on their trip. So how do you know if bringing your dog with you is the best option?
Most hotels do allow pets to stay in their rooms. When booking a hotel, make sure to ask about their pet policy since it can vary from hotel to hotel. Some hotels will require a pet deposit, as well as a weight limit on your dog. Knowing the hotel’s pet policy can prevent you from paying additional fees and fines for not following the policy. Some owners might try to stay at a hotel and sneak their dog inside, but this could result in a fine and the possibility of being kicked out of the hotel.
Depending on where your vacation is will determine how you get there. Most people will choose to fly to their destination and it’s important to know how to travel with your dog while also keeping him safe. Just like the hotel, check with your airline on their pet policy. They may have restrictions on how to fly your dog. There are three ways on how you can fly your dog: in cabin, checked baggage, and manifest cargo.
In order for your dog to fly in cabin with you, he must be accompanied by an adult and fit inside a carrier that is compliant with the airline. The carrier must be able to fit comfortably under the seat in front of you. If your dog is too big for the cabin, then he will fly as checked baggage. If your dog is flying unaccompanied or is simply too big, then he will fly as manifest cargo. When flying to another country, most will require the dog to be flown with this method. Both checked baggage and manifest cargo will fly in the cargo hold of the airplane.
Below are some final tips to consider when flying your dog:
- Feed your dog four hours before takeoff. You don’t want to overfeed your dog as a full stomach may be uncomfortable at high altitudes.
- Carry a leash with you. Don’t store it with the dog and always comply with the airport rules. Most airports won’t allow you to take your dog out of his carrier inside the airport.
- Whenever possible, try to book a direct, nonstop flight. This will allow for your dog to spend minimal time in their carrier. Also try to avoid temperature extremes when flying. Morning and evening flights are highly recommended if flying in the summer.