Dog travel, Every dog owner faces this question at least once in his life. Rules for transporting dogs. It’s great if there is a large park near the house for walking with a pet, on weekends you can go out of town in your car, and in the case of a vacation, relatives carefully look after the dog – then almost all problems are solved.
But what if there is no car (and I want to take the dog out into nature), if there is no one to leave the pet with in case of a trip, or if you have planned a long-distance move at all? Of course, nothing is impossible, and there are no problems in dog travel water bottles, both large and small breeds; you need to familiarize yourself with the rules of travel in time and do everything right.
Transportation of dogs around the city by public transport
As for the transportation of dogs in the city, each area has its nuances. As a rule, there is no trouble with pets of small breeds; they can be transported in special carriers. In the case of large dogs, everything is more complicated. In some cities, dogs of large breeds are generally prohibited from being transported on public transport; in other towns, transportation is allowed, but only if there is a reliable muzzle and a short leash. Unfortunately, the ride of large dogs in the subway is strictly prohibited, and neither a muzzle, collar or even an extremely cute muzzle of your pet will help you here! We will have to look for alternative ways of transportation.
Standard documents for dog transportation
Suppose you need to transport a dog from point A to point B by plane, train, or ship. In that case, the first thing you should do is to carefully familiarize yourself in advance with the generally accepted rules of transportation and the requirements of a specific transport company, since often individual carriers supplement the conditions and make their nuances.
The standard kit for the dog’s “travels” consists of a veterinary passport with a mark of vaccinations and antiparasitic treatments, a certificate of form No. 1 informing that there are no outbreaks of infectious diseases in the area from where the dog is taken out, and the ticket itself. If your dog has not yet been issued a passport or you do not have a certificate of form No. 1, contact the veterinary station or a local veterinary clinic, having previously clarified whether tickets are issued in this clinic, since not all private clinics provide such services.
Of course, it is necessary to issue a passport in advance, at least a month before the trip start. If you have not vaccinated your pet, please note that before the trip, the dog will have to be vaccinated against rabies at least, as this is a prerequisite for transportation.
The incubation period after vaccination against rabies is one month, which means that the dog will be able to travel only a month after the injection. In addition, the certificate of form No. 1 is issued only if there is vaccination and is relevant for no more than three days, so it should be given immediately before the trip itself.
Also, your pet must be treated for parasites!
Transportation by train
In a passenger compartment, it is allowed to carry a dog whose weight does not exceed 20 kg. If the dog is placed in a particular carrier, you do not need to buy an entire compartment; you also pay only for the dog’s place. If the dog is large or you are not taking the dog in a cage/container, you will need to buy all the seats in the compartment, which is very convenient when traveling with relatives or friends who will not mind the company of your pet. If you have bought a case, you do not need to make an additional payment for the dog.
Also, dogs of large breeds in the presence of a leash and collar are allowed to be transported in specially designated vestibules. During the trip, the dog must be accompanied by the owner.
The cost of transporting your pet will depend on the distance of the journey. Guide dogs are carried on trains for free.
Transportation by plane
Transportation by plane is not the most straightforward process. If you are flying to another country, be sure to check the animals’ transportation rules from the receiving party. For example, many countries require that the animal be chipped.
In addition, you need to find out all the detailed information about the transportation from the airline of your choice in advance. The rules are often changed and supplemented, so do not be lazy to “measure seven times” so unpleasant surprises do not meet you in the airport hall.
Many airlines categorically prohibit the carriage of animals in the cabin, even if the animal’s weight is less than 8 kg and it is placed in a particular container. Other companies allow the transportation of a dog in the cabin if the pet weighs less than 8 kg, and the dimensions of the container in total do not exceed 115 cm. A dog placed in a container is sent to the luggage compartment in all other cases.
Pay attention to the choice of a container for transporting a dog. Many airlines have strict requirements for carriers, and on an unsuitable page, your dog may not be allowed to fly.
Transportation of the dog will be paid separately from your ticket at the excess baggage rate.
Transportation by ship
If you have chosen the sea route for transportation, your pet will be placed on the cargo deck or in the hold. A standard set of documents and a particular container are required.
Transportation by car
Transporting a dog in your car is very simple and convenient. If you travel long distances across the country, you will also need a veterinary passport and a certificate of Form No. 1. If you cross the border, you should follow the rules of transportation of animals of the receiving party.
In the car, it is recommended to fix the dog with unique belts, transport it in a particular container or equip a comfortable place in the rear seats by installing a dividing grid in the cabin. Should the pet somehow interfere with the driver and limit the view, in no case.
So that the dog doesn’t worry
For the vast majority of pets, moving is a significant stress. If your pet has a hard time with transportation, start giving him a light sedative about five days before the trip.
Feed the dog tightly the day before departure, but on the day of the trip and throughout the entire journey (unless, of course, it does not take very long), it is not recommended to feed the dog. However, water for your pet should always be available. Before departure, be sure to take a walk with your dog.
In case of prolonged parking during your trip and if there are unique places for walking, take the dog for a walk. If the parking takes several hours, the pet can be fed, but from the moment of providing to dispatch, about an hour should pass so that the dog does not have an attack of nausea.
If possible, it is better to choose a daytime time for traveling, so you can pay more attention to your pet, and it will be easier for him to move.
Take care of each other, and have a good journey!