Taking Show Dogs on Personal Trips with Other PetsBy Ricardo Warren
January 21, 2021
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We all know show dogs are part of the family. This means that, in addition to traveling for official shows, your Fido, Fluffy, Duke, or Daisy is taken into consideration when planning trips, vacations, and getaways. This is great! Family pictures, lasting memories, and fun for everybody – right?
Traveling with show dogs is getting easier, but it’s still not as straightforward as you might think. If you’re traveling by air, it often requires extensive health documentation, additional expenses, and the right type of animal (no hooves allowed). But what happens when your furry family is larger than just one pet? What if you have two cats, or three dogs? Can they come along?
The answer, like pet travel, is complicated. In most cases, it will depend on your particular situation – where you’re planning to travel, your method of transportation, and the personalities of your show dogs. That said, we can help you make some important decisions.
Options: Fly or Drive
When traveling with multiple pets, driving is almost always preferred. You’ll be able to gauge your pet’s comfort level, give them room to spread out, and take frequent breaks along the way. Some longer trips, however, can’t escape the necessity of air travel. We know that.
When flying, you’ll need to take several factors into consideration. Before making a decision, you’ll want to research: if your airports are pet-friendly, if your airline has a pet policy, how long the flight is, and whether your pet has the right temperament for air travel. You can find all kinds of information about pet travel through the following website, but for specifically for information about pet relief areas in airports, we recommend this website: dogsonplanes.com.
If the flights are long, the airports inaccessible, and if Fido is prone to barking, you’ll want to drive or consider hiring a professional pet relocator. Or, possibly, book a “staycation” instead.
Options: Pet Bringing or Pet Shipping
These options are reserved for those who cannot get around air travel. And okay, so “pet bringing” isn’t actually a thing, but you get the idea. Should you bring the pets on the airplane yourself, or hire a professional company to do it for you?
In most cases, airlines won’t allow more than one pet per passenger unless two very small animals can fit into the same cage. If you’re traveling with a partner, this means you can bring as many animals as you have flyers. If you’re not, you’ll want to find a professional to help. That said, most airlines limit the number of animals allowed on each flight; if you’re trying to bring several pets at once, get your tickets as soon as possible.
If you’re moving across the country instead of traveling for leisure, a pet relocator might help alleviate some stress. It feels nice knowing your pets are in safe hands while you deal with the logistical nightmare that is moving far away. While not necessarily relevant to vacations, this is important to keep in mind if you’re considering long-term travel.