Do’s and Don’ts When Traveling with Your Dog

by Kenneth Reaves

Photo by Ludovic Migneault on Unsplash 

Let’s be honest – everything’s better with your furry friend in tow! Whether you’re an avid traveler or you’re just getting into it, there’s no need to leave your pup at home when you go traveling. Why not take them along for the experience? 

Whether you’re going on a fishing trip, a luxury hotel stay or camping, here are some do’s and don’ts when traveling with your dog. Have fun! 


Teach Your Dog Some Basic Commands 

Your dog should obey “Come”, “Stay”, and “Drop It” before you take them on a trip with you. These can prevent multiple dangerous occurrences! If they don’t know them yet, take a few weeks or months to teach them before you go on a trip with them. 

Make Sure Your Dog Can Swim 

This is important no matter where you’re going. You never know how your dog might react to water, so check this before you take them with you. You can teach them to swim if they don’t know. If your dog is very skittish around water, it might be best to not subject them to it. 

If you’re staying at a hotel or AirBNB, double-check if there’s a pool so you can be prepared before you go. 

Take a Doggy First Aid Kit 

You never know when you might need it. Pack bandages and adhesive tape, gauze, antiseptic cream, tweezers, and any medication your dog may need. Activated charcoal is another essential item that can help if your dog eats something poisonous. 

It’s also an excellent idea to include a muzzle, as dogs in pain are much more likely to bite. You don’t want to have to deal with a dog bite (on you or someone else) as well as a sick or hurt pup. 

Clean Up After Your Dog 

Regardless of whether you’ll be in a city or in the great outdoors, take a clean-up kit with you. It’s best to clean up after your dog wherever you can, especially if the place you’re in is a popular spot for families, fishermen or other dog parents. 

Pick the Right Spot 

Make sure you’re not near roads, fast-flowing water or other hazards that could be dangerous for your dog. If you’re going somewhere that might be dangerous, it may be best to leave your dog at home for this trip. 


Let Your Dog Run Wild 

It’s best to keep your dog leashed, unless they’re very responsive to commands. New smells, other people, and the excitement of being outdoors can cause them to lose their control. This could cause problems with other people nearby, or put your dog in danger. 

Leave Your Stuff Where Your Dog Can Get It 

Camping gear, food, fishing flies, and other stuff can all be exciting to a dog. If you don’t want to take up to find your stash of food gone or a fishing fly stuck in your dog’s mouth, take measures to keep everything safe and out of your dog’s reach. 

Forget to Bring Water! 

If you’re going to be spending time outdoors, don’t assume your dog can drink from any freshwater river or lake. In fact, it’s best to discourage them from doing so. Take fresh, clean water with you, as well as a clean bowl, so your dog can stay hydrated. 


Traveling can be a wonderful hobby that your best furry friend can take part in too. Don’t forget to consider their safety as well as your own. Research the closest vet to your destination just in case. 

As long as you take precautions, you can enjoy every minute with your furry friend.