Four Dog Travel Friendly Tips to Help Plan Your Trip

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Dog travel is popular and there are many air carriers fighting to get your dog business.  The choice is yours.  Why do people want to put their dog on a plane with them or have them fly the "friendly" skies pampered alone with other dogs or cats?  Have you heard of Pet Airways? They fly dogs and cats to various cities without you being on board.  Business is booming and they are expanding into many other cities.  The pet industry brings in massive amounts of money.  To some a dog or cat is like their kid.   They are great friends.


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Inside PetAirways, Colorado–Love it and staff


"Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." ~ George Elliot

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Molly's comfortable and I'm happy!

Here are 4 tips to consider when planning your next trip:

Tip 1: Airline choices

Many airlines will take your pet.  Depending on how much you want to spend, the time of the flight and the accommodations are all part of the decision making process.  Most airline carriers allowing pets are fighting for your money.  It may be challenge to select the airline, but I suggest you research the one of choice seeing if there are any complaints about transporting pets. 

Tip 2:
  Pet anxiety

Your dog may sense some anxiety as you are preparing for your trip.  Have you heard of Rescue Remedy Pet? It is natural product without side effects.   Drugs throw off a dog's balance.   It can be used with pet anxiety triggered by loud noises, vet visits, firecrackers, separation anxiety or other stresses.  Think of it as a natural anti-anxiety Prozac or such without the side effects.  As an all-natural stress reliever, it can be used to create a calming effect and help pets overcome emotional and behavioral problems. Rescue Remedy Pet is appropriate for all kinds of pets: dogs, cats, birds, horses, fish and iguanas.

Tip 3: Ground transportation

Rental companies do allow dogs. However, always advisable to check their general pet policy. There is usually no additional fee. Most major car rental corporations do not have a problem with the size of the dog.  However, avoid Thrifty and Dollar Rent-a-Car for their restrictive policies.  There are many car rental choices you can consider such as:  Avis, Alamo, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise and National.  

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Molly, our great traveler and company

Tip 4: Travel guides

Did you know there are dog travel guides, city guides for dogs, beach guides for dogs, RV parks and campground guides for dogs, dog friendly cities and resorts? Is it right to say this country is in love with dogs? 

Enjoy planning your trip with your dog. Bring along a carrot as a dog treat.

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Carol Giambri is a back-to-basics person, author, leader, and holistically oriented. Adopting dogs for over 40 years she has found each to be precious and never returned one. Carol is a health nut and converted her husband and dog to eat this way. She chooses to be positive and upbeat refusing to accept the words “impossible" or "can't.” Her dog’s Lupus recovery is a great example of not quitting even when she got gloom reports from three vet clinics.  As a result of her life experiences she is passionate about eating healthy, hunting for edible weeds, and teaching others to live a life fulfilled with dogs, eating well, and encouraging others who need an uplift through her voice. She leads a healthy eating group in her local community for years and called upon when health speakers travel to her area to promote them. Her programs and writings show people how living a simple healthy lifestyle with a dog is fun, easy and delicious without using chemicals. If you think this lifestyle is just about dogs living healthier she says it's also for people whether a dog owner or not.  Carol's vegan days began when her husband had a seizure over 35 years ago, believed he would be healed and was in six weeks. Are you ready for Carol to encourage you and your dog along your journey?


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Michele M Tremblay April 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

Important info Carol. We have traveled with our dog and it is always fun when you can take your 4 legged friend along. Our dogs love to ride in the car, so that’s usually how we go but there are many hotels and places that are dog friendly.

Susan McKenzie April 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

In traveling I’m always amazed at the number of pet-friendly hotels, and of course, RV parks. So much better than putting a dog in a kennel! I can’t imagine paying an air ticket, though… it seems like it’s enough for me to pull my luggage thru an airport! Thanks for sharing, Carol!

Rachelle April 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Great travel tips, Carol. We don’t travel with our dog – he get’s carsick, so we hire a dog sitter.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri April 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Michele, we do too travel with dog who loves to travel forever in the car. As long as she is with us she is happy. Now for few day trip have found someone I would love to stay here and watch our princess. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri April 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Rachelle, glad you have someone you can trust with your dog. There may be natural remedies for dog to help with car sickness. It’s the motion? I know for people ginger is helpful. Thanks for comments.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri April 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Susan, Pets are such big business I’m sure it is worth the effort to the hotels to allow; I’m sure there is some damage to them along the way, but till seems like an investment that is booming. It’s amazing how many will pay for that air ticket for their pet. I appreciate your comments Susan. Thanks.

Carol Douthitt April 23, 2011 at 12:14 am

We can’t have any indoor pets because of my husband’s allergies…but I have lots of friends who do… and they also travel a lot. So I’m passing on your article to them!

Denny April 23, 2011 at 2:36 am

Really good info Carol. We frequently travel with our Doxxie “Lily” but by boat! She loves our trips traveling around the Gulf just off Tampa Bay. She has all the same comforts as at home…she has a special bag with a bed, dish, toys and blanket and when we take it out she knows we are going to the Marina! We are now introducing our newest family member, “Bella” to life aboard the boat! In fact I am writing this from aboard our boat now! Been here for a couple of days and pleased to say Bella is adjusting beautifully! They are such adaptable creatures!

Scott Hay April 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

The challenge for us was always trying to get our dog out the car after a journey as he loved being in the car so much! So important making sure they are comfortable and have everything they need for a journey!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri April 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Scott, I agree. It is a challenge for us too as my dog loves to be in the car. Everything is called a car, even hubby’s truck. She loves taking a ride, but always careful with weather temperature rising as they seem to get hotter than we. Want her around for many years.

Solvita April 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Carol for sharing such a great information! I have many friends which are in need of this information… so passing on!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri April 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Thanks Solvita for sharing me with your friends. Wait till you see the upcoming (maybe next), next one. Shocking and surely want to get in the hands of many. Hint: teeth

Rose Kirkland April 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Great information although I’ve never traveled with a dog except in 1974-75 with my pug in the car who got run over. But, my sister has always traveled with her dogs in the suburban, but not in an airplane… She has to do the hotel thing with them though and that is not always easy. Admire people that want to go to so much trouble for their dogs…

Carol Rosenberg Giambri April 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Thanks Rose for sharing. So sorry to read about your pug. My dog loves traveling even if just to the store. It feels “empty” without her being with me which is rare for travels. However, I may have someone to stay at our home if we leave for short time together next time.

Carla J Gardiner April 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Great tips, Carol. Your love for your pet really shines through. Many dog owners will find this much needed information priceless.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri April 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Thank you Carla. Yup love the dogs, but surely want to bring out more parts of me that I embrace like healthy living for dogs, owners and non owners. We’ll see how I evolve and thanks for your support and kind words Carla.

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