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Travelling with your dog: 7 things to consider

Image by Brook Woolfe

Image by Brook Woolfe

Do you travel with your dog? If not, are you curious about how you could do it? 

Intrepid traveller Brook Woolf shares 7 of her top tips for travelling with your pet, speaking from her first-hand experience (travelling from America). For more of Brook, Ramon and Kiba's adventures, visit their Website, Facebook or Instagram. 

Image by Brook Woolf

Image by Brook Woolf

"Depending on how well-trained your dog is, it really can be easy to travel with your furry friend. Kiba, our Husky, is our travel companion. We have been on road trips across the country and now we are now in Mexico, enjoying the cuddles on a daily basis. Sometimes it has been tough, but never with regret.

There are real factors to put into place before thinking about taking your dog travelling with you. For example, our Husky is a service dog, so she can travel on the plane with us. If you have a small dog, some airlines allow them to travel with you, but otherwise they go below.

There can be dangers in putting your dog under the cabin. Many dogs cannot handle the heat and time below (there have been cases of death due to the lack of regulations). This is worth investigating before taking your animals abroad. Here are some other factors to think about":

1. Check your destination's regulations

Each country has specific regulations and security protocol for animals. Check where you are going and make sure it isn't a country that requires your animal to be quarantined before you can leave the airport. Also make sure to bring all necessary documents before flying.

Image by Brook Woolf

Image by Brook Woolf

2. Consider your pet's diet

Think about your dog's diet and what may be difficult to find in another country. For example, we brought an awesome powder probiotic to add to our dog's food to help with her digestion.

You may need to change diets when you change locations. For example, Kiba ate raw, but now that we've moved to Mexico she will only eat her meat cooked. She became picky with all the new smells and needed a change for comfort.

3. Exercising your dog

Find places that allow your dog to play and run. It's important to still find the routines with your animal in your temporary new home.

Image by Brook Woolf

Image by Brook Woolf

4. Consistency is key

Consistency is key with any animal. Try as much as possible to keep whatever consistency you can in their life. This is how they will take change more easily and adjust quicker.

5. Pack a toy

If they have a favourite toy, treat, or blanket bring it!

6. Separation anxiety 

Remember, you won't be able to take a weekend away without thinking about your dog and you won't have the same support network until you are set-up in a new space. Airbnb rocks for this reason (and many others) - there are always pet friendly places on Airbnb.

Mexico is extremely dog friendly. Pets are allowed in most restaurants in San Miguel de Allende, where we are, and taxis even allow take her to travel with us!

Image by Brook Woolf

Image by Brook Woolf

7. Consider how your dog will enhance or limit your experience

Finally, think about what you will be doing on your travels and if having a dog will be conducive to the experience ... be honest about it with yourself.

Kiba has found new friends as we are living near a dog play-park. We will not be bringing her to Thailand for our three months of study, due to the fact that we will be studying intensely and won't be able to be consistent, nor have much luggage. This is the only time, however, that she will not accompany us on our travels.

So before you decide you cannot travel because of your dog, do some research and really think about it. There is always a way and, with determination, it can be done. 

Melissa Connell

lennox head, australia