Caissie Canine Instruction: Travelling with your K9
We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful German Shepherd named Zuko.
My family says I am great at heeling, loose leash walking, and recall. I have learned my voice commands “sit”, “down”, “place”, “out”, “wait”, and “leave it”.
I am still working on ignoring other dogs and my family says I am easier to walk now. I don’t bark on my walks, unless being “surprised” by another dog. My family says I am a great dog and super well-trained NOW!!!!! I especially listen to my human “baby” sister as she seems to always have food!!!!
Welcome to Doggie Dialogue
Whether you are planning a weekend away or international vacation and you are planning on taking your dog, there are a few things to consider before leaving home.
If considering a road trip, we recommend securing your dog in the back seat in a dog crate. Your crate should be large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in.
We do not recommend letting your dog put their head out the window, as debris can get into their eyes. Another thing to consider when road tripping, is if you must brake suddenly, this could cause an accidental injury to your dog, if your K9 is not properly harnessed, or crated within the vehicle.
If you are doing International Travel, you may need to show K9 documentation.
Usually, proof of K9 ownership, vaccination certificates (including rabies), and sometimes spaying or neutering documentations are required. Airlines may also request microchip documentation.
It is important and convenient for you, to pack a collar, leash, harness, treats, and poop bags as part of your carry on.
K9’s travelling on an airplane is common, and dogs that are crate-trained will rest/sleep when travelling. We recommend feeding your dog 4-6 hours before their flight and limit their water intake.
You must register your canine with the airline in advance. There is usually a fee for transporting your canine whether they are “in-cabin” or classified “checked baggage”. With most airlines you will need an approved dog carrier.
We recommend having pet insurance and medical coverage for your K9 when travelling Internationally for peace of mind.