We fully support finding a way to bring your dog on your next vacation, but there are a lot of important factors to consider when doing so. While there is no mode of transportation that is ideal for your furry friend, finding the right crate will ensure the trip is as comfortable and stress free as possible.
The most common way a dog travels is in a specially designed travel crate. Choosing the right one will depend on the size and temperament of your dog and your chosen method of travel. If you have an active dog that tends to get restless and/or moves a lot in their sleep, you want a crate that gives them enough space to do so. When judging how much extra space would be optimal, be sure to take into account space considerations in your car or on the plane. The FAA has regulations regarding crate size, and you should also check with your airline regarding any size or breed restrictions.
If you are driving to your destination, be sure to take exercise breaks with your dog. Give your dog snacks full of protein on these exercise breaks, but do not feed them during the trip. Dogs are prone to nausea and motion sickness; if you were to combine that with a little food in their stomach, well, you can predict the results. Lastly, please do not leave your dog in your car unattended. Even with the windows cracked it can get hot quickly, and your pup may get dehydrated.