Tips for traveling with your dog by car
If your dog is used to (and loves) car rides, this will be a lot easier. If not, try to slowly get them accustomed to being in the car on shorter trips first. Let them explore the car when it is stationary and turn on the engine, so they get used to the sound.
Having something familiar in the car like a favourite blanket helps make the space more familiar and always reward them with treats when you arrive at your destination so they associate car rides with something delicious! Try to avoid trips to the vet as practice and never leave your dog in the car for extended periods.
Create a dog-friendly backseat
Make the space where your dog will travel comfortable with their favourite blankets, bedding and toys. Food, water, and treats should be in an easily accessible space and talk to your vet about car sickness prevention methods just to be prepared.
For older or larger dogs who will not fit into a carrier, make sure you have a car-appropriate harness. These will often clip into the seatbelt buckle and secure your fur friend in the event of sudden braking. Most road laws state that it is illegal to travel with your dog if they are unsecured.
Tips for traveling with your dog by plane
Traveling the world with a dog is possible; however, the rules on traveling with a dog by plane are much more stringent, especially if flying internationally. First, have your vet confirm your dog is healthy enough to fly and capable of meeting the requirements of your destination. Vaccinations should be up to date, and you'll need to confirm the airline’s weight and size requirements.
As your dog is most likely flying below the plane, carriers must be hard-cased. It is important to do whatever you can to reduce stress for your pet, so get them used to their carrier before traveling. Include blankets and soft toys (no hard toys) and line the carrier with pee pads or shredded newspaper.
Always feed your dog well before flying but avoid eating or drinking 2 - 4 hours before the flight. Wear them out with a long walk and arrive at the airport earlier than usual (add an extra hour).