There aren’t many experiences that leave an indelible impression like quite vacations. However, given the hassles of long-distance travel – traveling with pets may not always seem that feasible. But for pet people, traveling without dogs seems a guilt-laden idea, doesn’t it?
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What if we were to tell you that traveling with a dog can be a memorable experience for both of you? The trick here lies in preparing for the same.
In this blog post, let’s explore how to travel with your dog so that a fun-filled vacation awaits you!
Discuss your travel plans with your vet first. In case your dog hasn’t traveled before, it is always good to check if he may have issues related to respiration, motion sickness or anxiety.
If you are planning a trip via car or airplane, you should consider familiarizing your dog to carriers and crates via positive reinforcement and treats. Make your dog feel comfortable in this safe space as he’d have to spend a significant journey time in it.
Did you know you can take your dog along with you in the first AC compartment? For this, you’d have to book a first AC coupe/cabin.
Pro Tip: Book the tickets in even numbers such as 2 or 4. Since you are only allowed to take the dog if you have an entire coupe or cabin to yourself.
The ticket for the dog will be issued at the parcel counter of the railway station from where your train is leaving. It is booked only after the reservation chart is prepared which is around 4 hours before the departure of the train. One has to reach the railway station along with the dog at least 2-3 hours before train departure so that you can get the ticket from the parcel counter.
If you do not get a coupe/cabin to yourself, then your dog might not be allowed in the first AC compartment (in case fellow passengers complain) and he’d have to travel in the luggage car. In the latter case, you’d have to provide food and water for the dog and keep a check on him at stations where the train stops.
You can take the dog out on stations for relieving himself. It is better to know beforehand at what times the stations arrive so that you can plan accordingly. Also, keep a tab on the time since you do not want to be left on the station in case the train leaves.
If you plan to take your dog on a flight, always research before booking an air ticket as every airline has different policies about transporting dogs. Some airlines may also require your dog’s health certificate. Similarly, some carriers may allow dogs in the cabin as part of the carry-on luggage while others would only allow dogs in the cargo.
Air India – Pet animals can be carried as accompanied baggage or shipped as Cargo. You will have to make this request at the time of making your booking. The staff will advise you about certain formalities that you will have to complete.
Spice Jet – Carries live animals on the Boeing B737-800 and 900 series aircraft.
Vistara – Accepts seeing-eye dogs in every cabin class on their aircraft.
Jet Airways – Your pet can be transported either as ‘Accompanied (part of checked baggage)’ or ‘Unaccompanied’ (shipped via Cargo).
“From our experience, we have found that people in India are not hostile towards dogs as the general perception might be. People have been welcoming in giving our dog boat rides and even letting him in their restaurants. However, be sure that your dog does not dirty their premises and is well behaved. If the dog is pretty hyper and has a tendency to run, it’s better to keep him on a leash at all times. You do not want to scare away people which in turn can create problems for you and your dog.”~Neha Bhardwaj, avid traveler
Be careful, be safe – and have fun!
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