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Traveling with Your Dog

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Spring has arrived, and nothing helps to shake off winter’s icy chill like a relaxing weekend away with your favorite furry friend! Taking your dog on a trip can be an unforgettable experience, and we’re here to help make sure every moment is memorable.

Road Travel

Before hitting the road, have your dog burn off some energy with a brisk walk around the block or a rousing game of fetch in the backyard. In addition to making for a much calmer ride, this will give your dog a chance to relieve himself one last time too.

Once you’re packed up, use a crate or a harness to keep your dog safe in the car. If your dog is the excitable type, a treat-filled puzzle toy can help provide a distraction. 

Air Travel

Our friends at the ASPCA® urges pet parents to think twice about flying their pets on commercial airlines, especially if they plan on checking them in as cargo. But, if you have already committed to air travel, these top tips can help make the journey safer.


There are thousands of motels, hotels and campsites across the country that accepts guests with pets.


Look into the hotel's policy before you book. Some require a deposit or non-refundable fee. Others won't allow pets to be left alone in the room, even when crated. Bring along a favorite blankie or toy to help your pet feel at home.


Just like when booking a hotel, you will want to check the campsite’s pet policy. Almost all will require your dog to be leashed and supervised at all times for safety’s sake. Additionally, you shouldn’t leave food in the bowl when your dog is not eating because it can attract wild animals. Collars with tags, flea/tick protection, a first-aid kit and plenty of water are must-haves for any outdoor stay!

Don’t forget to also looking into doggy daycare and boarding facilities in the area, just in case you’d like to see some sights that do not permit four-legged visitors.

What to Bring

Take a look at our list below for items you will want to be sure to pack in your dog’s suitcase whether you are staying in a cozy suite or roughing it the great outdoors.

Pet Travel Essentials Checklist

  • Collar and ID tags
  • Leash and harness
  • Crate or safety harness
  • Vaccination records (airlines/hotels may require them)
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Any needed medications
  • Food/water bowls (collapsible ones travel well)
  • Food, water and treats
  • Litter box or waste bags
  • Grooming supplies
  • Favorite blankie and toys
  • Recent photo (in case your pet gets lost)

The phone number of a veterinarian or emergency clinic near your destination will also be important to keep handy, so you know who to call in an emergency. Our Vet Clinic Finder can help you locate one nearby.

Happy trails!


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