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    It wasn’t until I read Sheron Long’s adorable book, Dog Trots Globe: To Paris & Provence, that I began to consider bringing my dog with me on my travels.

    Dog Trots Globe is a new travelogue by Sheron Long that recounts travel adventures through France with her Sheltie, Chula. After dozens of trips, Sheron and her husband decided to take their dog, who was nine years old at the time, with them to their house in St. Rémy-de-Provence in France. Chula got to hike off leash in Les Alpilles (Little Alps), visit farmers markets, enjoy sunny lunches outside and make friends in Paris. Chula has since flown to France a few more times and has her crate packed in hopes of another adventure.

    The best trip, Sheron said was when Chula came along. "I wrote this book to share the joie de vivre I relish when I'm in France and to help others know how easy—and how much fun—it is to travel with your pup," she said.

    Below are some tested travel tips from Sheron Long that she kindly shared with us.

    1. Consider the time of year

    If it is too hot or too cold, it may not be safe for your pup to fly, and some airlines may not agree to board your pet.

    2. Research Airlines

    Find out about airline safety records and regulations before getting your tickets. offers safety records and provides pet policies and regulations for each airline.

    3. Make Phone Reservations

    Make your reservations on the phone to guarantee a spot for Fido on your flight since most airlines limit the number of pets in the cabin and the hold.

    4. Choose Non-Stop Flights

    Whenever possible book non-stop flights so that your furry friend doesn’t have to change planes or end up caught at an airport during delays. If you have to switch planes, find out about the airline’s policies on keeping pets safe during a layover. Some offer pet hotels and air-conditioned vans during the wait. Avoid at all costs airlines that leave your pet waiting on a hot tarmac.

    5. Waiting to Board

    Some airlines allow owners to keep their dogs in the lobby area until boarding. Sheron chose Air France, which allowed them to keep Chula with them until 20 minutes before takeoff.

    6. Proof of Vaccinations

    Make sure to have your pet’s health certificates (issued within 10 days prior to flying) and proof of vaccinations handy for international trips. Forms for a “Pet Passport” to various countries are available here, and here you can also find out the signatures you need and the fees that apply.

    7. Microchip

    Make sure your pet is microchipped so that no one gets lost on the trip. Place a GPS device on the collar so you can track your pet in case she gets out of sight. Some countries require that the pet is microchipped, but not all have the scanners to read them. Bring your own portable scanner to provide proof.

    8. Pet Relief Areas

    Many airports have animal relief areas, but some do not. Find out where you can walk your dog before boarding and after arrival before booking.

    9. Cabin Pressure

    Find out ahead of time whether the plane’s cabin for animals is heated and kept at the same temperature and pressure as the cabin for humans. Most 747’s and other wide body jets have forced air ventilation in the cargo holds, while smaller planes such as 737’s and 727’s do not.

    10. Choose the Right Crate

    Your pet’s size will determine travel in-cabin or in the hold. If your pet will need a crate to go in the hold, be sure to get one (preferably with wheels) that is airline-approved. Go to for list of carrier requirements.

    11. Crate Comfort

    Your pet should be able to stand, lie down, stretch out and turn around in the crate. Click here for info on how to choose the right size. Put a comfortable matt, and add a few favorite toys or something that carries your scent so the pet feels safe. Most importantly, bolt a food and water bowl to the grill to minimize spills.

    12. Information Sticker

    Affix a sticker to the top of the crate with information on the pet’s name, airline and flight number, departure and destination cities, the planned departure and arrival times, and a mobile phone number where you can be reached.

    13. Freeze Water Bowl

    Dehydration during flight is the greatest danger. Freezing the water bowl before boarding really helps eliminate spills and ensuring that your dog has water during flight. Also, a product called Waterbites offers a hydrating gel that doesn’t spill out. Another option is to fasten a drip bottle if your dog knows how to use it. If not, put a bit of peanut butter at the end of the tube so your dog gets acquainted with the process quickly.

    14. Do Not Medicate

    Experts in the pet transport industry do not recommend sedatives as they increase dehydration.

    15. Emergency Pet Clinics

    Go to for a list of vets and emergency pet clinics in the USA. If you’re traveling internationally, ask your hotel or a local tourist office for a vet recommendation as soon as you arrive.

    16. Bring Food

    Pack your pet’s favorite food to bring with you so she can have a treat shortly after landing. It’s one way to bring along a little bit of “home.” But, if you’re coming back into the USA from a foreign destination, do not bring any food as the officials will confiscate the food or, worse, fine you.

    17. Pack Two Leashes

    Bring two leashes because they are so easy to lose. Invest in a good harness that goes around the dog’s body and makes it easier to walk.

    18. Bottled Water, Portable Water Bowl and Paper Towels

    Get the plastic kind that pack flat and then inflate. Have paper towels handy for airport “accidents”.

    19. Arrival

    Dogs arrive in a separate area with the oversized luggage. As soon as you get to baggage claim, find out where the oversized luggage arrives so your pup won’t wonder where you are.

    20. Itinerary

    If you need help planning your trip, visit for dog-friendly places and events.

    Note that airlines will no longer transport snub-nosed dogs.
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    I thing you have a large experience about Traveling the Globe with our Dog,
    I fully Agreed with your whole tips. which are most helpful for me and my other friends.
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    • #3
      Why do think it is that airlines no longer allow snub-nose dogs?


      • #4
        I think they still allow snub nose dogs, just banned them from flying them below the plane in cargo due to snub nosed dogs having breathing issues. I would never let my dog fly down there anyway, I'm sure that's very stressful for dogs. Airlines probably got sued quite a bit over snub nose dogs perishing in the cargo area of planes. Some of the larger airlines won't allow snub nose dogs to travel in the hot summer months.


        • #5
          Re: 20 Tips for Traveling the Globe with Your Dog

          Its really difficult to travel with your pets, very useful tips wangze . Better to find luxury hotel that is suitable for dog is really a good idea.


          • #6
            Re: 20 Tips for Traveling the Globe with Your Dog

            Many hotels do not allow pets. Be sure to check before you make reservations.


            • #7
              Re: 20 Tips for Traveling the Globe with Your Dog

              Nice tips! Just as humans need seat belts, animals also need some form of safety restraint while travelling.


              • #8
                Re: 20 Tips for Traveling the Globe with Your Dog

                Thank you for this informative post in this forum. I agree with Jakee83 that you have a large experience about Traveling the Globe with our Dog. I will spread the knowledge I learn here in the forum