Traveling with your dog

Traveling with your Dog

Perhaps for fun or by necessity, the question of traveling with your dog may come up. Don't we all like to travel safely and comfortably? Your husky is no exception.

Here are a few tips and explanations:

Traveling in a ground vehicle

Car, truck, or SUV - Most dogs love car rides. They love sticking their snouts out the window, and you wonder how they can even breathe as you barrel down a highway at 65 mph. Fact is, it's not all that good for them - they just don't know that. But you do, and you are their keeper, so it's up to you to keep them safe. Your dog should travel as safely as your child would. Just as you don't allow your child to stick her head out the window, don't allow the dog to do it. Just as you wouldn't let your child ride without a seat belt or carrier, don't let your dog do it. Whereas it seems quite romantic to truck down the road with the dog on the passenger seat next to you, nuzzling your neck and grinning from ear to ear, it is UNSAFE. Any traffic conditions that may make you hit the brakes or make you swerve to avoid a collision will catapult the dog into unpredictable directions - one of which could be through the windshield, another into you, causing you to lose control of the vehicle. Think about that when you tell yourself that the dog is so well behaved that he would NEVER paw at you while you're driving. Therefore, the dog must be safely restrained while riding in the vehicle. I'm not talking about the trunk or the backseat, either. NEVER put your dog in the trunk. Exhaust fumes can and will do irreparable damage. A smaller puppy should travel in a crate, and the crate should be secured with at least a seat belt. You can wrap the seat belt around the crate. This provides protection against front/back movement, but not really against side to side movement. To be extra sure, secure the crate with a rope criss-crossing over the seat belt. An older dog could ride in a crate but can also wear a harness that attaches to the seat belt. Many stores have these custom harnesses.

Flying by airplane

Understand one thing about airplanes: The comfortable passenger compartment which is climatized and pressurized is only ONE part of the plane. The luggage compartment, where most medium to large size dogs travel, affords no such luxury. At altitudes of around 30,000 feet, it gets COLD, and the oxygen gets THIN. There are LOUD sounds from the engines and the rush of air. Humidity is even lower than in the passenger cabin. Other luggage can shift and bash into one another, no matter how well they were lashed down to begin with. Samsonite became big by building 'armored' suitcases… Most dogs undergo not only health threatening conditions but also a great deal of anxiety while traveling this way. The waiver they make you sign is there for a good...