How To Transport A Dog Across The Country

How To Transport A Dog Across The Country


If you’re waiting to move until your dog can live in the same place as you, then it’s time to make a plan for getting your pup across the country. Whether by car or plane, there are steps you can take to help transport your dog safely and comfortably. I’ll walk you through everything that goes into moving a dog to a new home. You’ll learn how to prep your pup for the journey, which documents they need, what they should eat before traveling, and even some methods of travel that might be better than others (hint: don’t buy your pet a first-class plane ticket).

Decide If Your Dog Should Travel With You

  • Traveling with your dog is a great way to spend time together and bond, but it’s also important to consider the distance and amount of time it will take to get there. If you’re driving across the country, remember that your dog could need up to 5 hours of rest between shifts.
  • If going by plane, make sure your pet carrier or kennel meets all airline requirements for size and weight specifications—and that you have the appropriate vaccination records on hand for check-in. Your dog will have a better chance of enjoying his trip if he’s comfortable in his carrier or kennel at all times during travel; never let him out before getting off the plane!

Make Sure Your Dog Is Healthy Enough For Travel

Make sure your dog is healthy enough to travel.

  • Your dog should be in good health and not in heat.
  • Your dog should have all of her vaccinations up-to-date, including rabies, kennel cough and distemper.
  • She should be on flea and tick medication throughout the trip.
  • If there’s any chance she could have heartworms or be exposed to them during your trip (for example, if you’re traveling through a place where heartworm is common), she needs to be on heartworm preventive medication for six months before and during your trip as well.

Consider Bringing Along A Pet First Aid Kit

When transporting your pet, it is best to bring along a first aid kit. One of the most important things to remember about bringing a pet emergency kit is that it should contain all the essentials. Make sure you have plenty of food and water for your dog/puppy, as well as some towels or blankets in case they get sick during their journey.

Make sure that you label your kit with your dog’s name so that if something happens while they’re traveling, people will know right away who belongs to the injured animal—and so that if someone else finds it on accident (or steals it), they’ll know whose animal needs help! Also be sure to include contact information so that people can reach out if there are any emergencies while you’re gone.

Prepare Your Dog For The Trip

  • Take your dog for a long walk before the trip. This will help him or her get used to being in the car, as well as give you some time to run through any last-minute preparations.
  • Make sure your dog gets enough rest before the trip. It’s important that he or she is well-rested and not overly tired when you’re driving long distances, because this can lead to motion sickness and other problems that could make the drive more difficult (and potentially dangerous).
  • Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and that you have all the necessary paperwork on hand in case they’re ever asked for by law enforcement officers or animal control personnel at checkpoints along the way.
  • Get comfortable seats for yourself and your pet so everyone can travel comfortably during their journey together!

Know What Documentation You’ll Need To Bring

  • Bring your dog’s vaccination records. He’ll need to be wearing his rabies tag and license, if applicable, as well.
  • Bring your dog’s health records from the last year or two.
  • If you have a microchip for your pet, bring a copy of the information on it as well.

Consider Flying Instead Of Driving When You Transport A Dog Across The Country

If you are planning to take your dog across the country, consider flying instead of driving. Flying is faster than driving, more comfortable for the dog, safer for the dog and more convenient for both owner and pet.

You may think that it would be difficult to get your puppy on an airplane with you, but this is not true at all. Nowadays most airlines have changed their policies and allow dogs as carry-on luggage or in a carrier under your seat (although some carriers do not allow pets). The best thing about flying with a pet is that it’s easier than ever before!

No matter which mode of transportation you choose, you can help your dog have a safe and calm trip by preparing in advance.

Regardless of which mode of transportation you choose, you can help your dog have a safe and calm trip by preparing in advance.

  • Preparing before: Before you travel with your dog, get to know the rules and regulations of the transportation service. Find out what kind of documentation is required (for example, proof that your pet has been vaccinated for rabies). Also, ask about any restrictions on vaccination paperwork or other requirements for animals traveling on airplanes or flying commercially as cargo.
  • Preparing after: After traveling with your dog, give him time to adjust to his new home and surroundings. Keep him confined indoors at first so he doesn’t go exploring until he’s less anxious about being somewhere unfamiliar. When introducing new people or pets into the pet’s life, be sure they are healthy; introduce them slowly so they don’t overwhelm each other too quickly.*Preparing during: During travel itself, it’s important that both pets and humans remain calm while they’re in transit—this will make everyone happier when they arrive at their destination! There are many ways to ensure this happens: get plenty of rest beforehand so everyone is well rested upon arrival; play soothing music in order to calm nerves; be mindful about nutrition (make sure all food supplies are packed); etc.*Preparing after: After arriving at destination point(s), make sure dogs have had sufficient time before leaving car/train/plane/etc., so that stresses associated with relocation aren’t compounded by rush hour traffic jams caused by curiosity seekers who want selfies taken with them as well!


As you can see, there are a lot of ways to get your dog across the country. Whether you choose to drive or fly, it’s important that you make sure it’s safe for both of you. You don’t want to put yourself in danger just to take your pet with you on vacation! To help ensure this doesn’t happen, we recommend putting together a pet first aid kit before leaving home. If anything does go wrong during your travels, having the supplies can make a world of difference! Now that we’ve covered all these tips and tricks for how best to transport your furry friends safely across the distance between them (and yourself), I hope they’ll be able to join us wherever life takes next without fear as we travel from one place another – no matter how far away!

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