How to Travel With Your Chihuahua.
If you are planning a trip, have you considered whether or not your Chihuahua gets to come along? Travel with your dog can be loads of fun if you make all the right arrangements. However, poor planning can really ruin the vacation for everyone.
If you think it would be best for your dog to stay behind, then look for a pet sitter or find a kennel where you can board your Chihuahua. If you have decided that your furry companion should be part of your trip, let the planning begin. Start by keeping a collar with current identification on your dog at all times. A microchip may also be beneficial for extra security. Before you travel, your dog should have basic training so he will be well-behaved during the trip. Then, plan the transportation, accommodations, and daily activities. Learning how to travel with your dog can make the experience less stressful and a lot of fun!
Air Travel WithYour Chihuahua.
Air travel for dogs is not always a great idea. Though we pet parents don’t think of our dogs as cargo, they are usually considered such by the airlines. The cargo hold does not make for a pleasant travel experience, even for relaxed dogs. This is not to say that flying is not an option, just that it is not ideal. Small dog owners are in luck, though. Some airlines will allow you to bring your pet in a carrier if it can fit under the seat in front of you. Learn the finer details of air travel with dogs so you can be fully informed before you book a flight.
Pet-loving entrepreneurs have been developing pet-friendly airlines that may actually be affordable. One such company is Pet Airways, a pet-only (no human passengers) airline that allows pets to fly in the main cabin rather than cargo. However, these small charter flights are only available in a limited number of cities. Until these types of airlines are more accessible, many of us will have to make do with the rules or find another mode of transportation.
Automobile Travel With Your Chihuahua.
The automobile is usually the best way to travel with dogs. If you own a vehicle, chances are your dog has ridden in it for trips to the vets, the park and so on. If not, now is the time to start. Some dogs have anxiety about riding in car, and puppy training for car travel may be necessary. The more positive your dog’s automobile experiences are, the more likely he will enjoy the rides.
If your Chihuahua only rides in the car for vet visits, and he dislikes the vet, his anxiety is understandable. Try taking him for short, frequent car rides that end up at the park, dog supply store (where he will get a toy or treat), or another pleasant place. If your dog does not adjust to the car, then a road trip is not a good option. If you must bring your dog for a long car ride, ask your vet about possible anti-anxiety medications that can make the trip a bit easier on everyone. Otherwise, you should seek out other options. Remember, medications should be used sparingly.
If you’ve decided that your Chihuahua can handle the long car trip, make sure to take all the necessary car safety precautions.
Plot rest stops along the way while traveling with your dog, and plan to stop every 3-5 hours to allow your dog to relieve himself, drink water and stretch his legs (more or less depending on your dog’s needs). Make a list of several veterinary hospitals that are easily accessible from your route, preferably within one hour’s drive from any given point. Check that they will be open during your travel.
Consider a list of things to bring for the car ride:
Hotels and Chihuahuas.
If you will be staying at a hotel while traveling with your Chihuahua, cover all your bases in advance. A pet-friendly hotel is more than just one that allows pets; it is one that welcomes them.
Some hotels offer special dog beds, turndown service (down to the treat on the pillow), dog spa services and doggie daycare. Ask what amenities are available for your dog, but remember to find out what cost is involved. Many hotels charge a non-refundable pet deposit upon arrival, then a daily pet fee. Some even tack on a special cleaning fee. Bottom line, before you choose, do your research about pet-friendly hotels.
Camping With Chihuahuas.
Camping with your dog can be the perfect way to spend time together while communing with nature. However, camping with dogs is not always a wise choice. Before you decide to bring your dog, make sure the campground you are considering actually allows dogs. Many state and national parks do not allow dogs. Above all, learn how to have fun while camping.