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Dog Backpack – what a great way to carry your dog!

We specifically wanted a smaller dog so we could easily take him with us and travel. As such, we’re always on the look out for another easy and fast way to carry our dog around and a dog backpack is right up our alley.

Stylish Dog Backpack options:

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Dog Backpack and Pet Dome by Petego
All in one backpack, carry your dog, computer and a portable dog house. The Petego Pet At Work system is an ingenious solution for those who enjoy taking your small dog with you everywhere. Not only can your pet be carried safely in the back-pack carrier, but there is also room for your laptop and the portable dog house.
Petego Messenger Bag –  Pooch Pouch
Take your pampered pooch everywhere with you in this stylish dog pouch. Your dog will feel comfortable and secure being hugged close to your body in this accommodating messenger style bag. It’s a great way to carry your dog without the bulk of a traditional pet carrier.
Outward Hound Dog Backpack
The Outward Hound Pooch Pouch Front Carrier is ideal for carrying small to medium sized dogs. It’s mesh siding and lightweight design allow you to pack up your dog and keep them cool. It includes a side pocket for stowing small essentials like keys, chapstick, and poop baggies while a large front pouch keeps your valuables like cell phones and ID cards.
Crazy Paws Sporty Dog Backpack
The Crazy Paws (aka Wacky Paws) Sporty Dog Backpack is easy to use and features air mesh material, giving your small dog the proper ventilation he/she may need on hot days. You may use the backpack the traditional way (on your back) or carry your dog on the front side. A unique feature is the waist line strap that can buckle around your waist to better secure and support the weight of your dog.
Prefer Pets Backpack Dog Carrier
This bag is in-cabin airline approved for most airlines and can be used as a backpack or a carrier. It’s made of heavy-duty nylon canvas with a zipper entry on one side, as well as, a zipper halfway down the opposite side. It has durable mesh covered windows on four sides for ventilation. For a similar alternative bag, check out the Natuvalle.

 

Dog Car Travel – How to have a good road trip with your dog

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Road Trip!

Time for a road trip with your best friend? Whether it’s the holidays, vacation or a short trip, just tossing your dog in the car might sound easy, but isn’t that safe and could lead to an unpleasant trip. Here are a few of our dog car travel tips:

  • Make sure your dog has gone for a walk to do his “business” and also burned off any excess energy they might have.
  • Don’t feed or water your dog too much before the trip. I’ll typically give my dog a very small meal before the trip. My dog will get sick if he has nothing in his stomach, but clearly you don’t want your dog to be too full, because they could get car sick and throw up too. You’ve got to find the right balance for your dog.
  • Bring some treats &/or a bully stick. Rewarding them for good behavior is important. The bully stick or other food stuffed toy can also keep them entertained during the ride.
  • If it’s a long car trip, make sure to take some breaks so your dog can walk and stretch out, as well as, do any “business” and drink a little water.
  • Make sure they are riding securely in your car. Here are a few options:
Clickit Dog Car Travel Harness Clickit Utility Dog Harness from Sleepypod
Unlike typical pet safety harnesses which are one-point in design, Clickit Utility is a three-point dog safety harness. Similar in concept to the three-point seatbelt federally required in all vehicles, Clickit Utility’s three points of attachment absorb force in a frontal collision by dissipating energy and keeps the dog in the car seat during impact. Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility was the Top Performer in the Center for Pet Safety test.
Orvis Travel Dog Crate Noz2Noz Folding Nylon Travel Dog Crate
This lightweight and soft dog crate is ideal for travel or home. Set one up in the car to keep your dog safe while on the road, then take it out and use it at your destination. It’s a safe, secure and convenient way to travel by car. Its lightweight construction facilitates easy portability and is quick and simple to pop up and fold down.
dog-car-seat Snoozer Lookout Dog Car Seat
This car seat gives your dog the perfect place to either enjoy the passing scenery or curl up and take a nap while you’re on the move in your car.  Your dog can ride along right beside you, providing him with optimum reassurance and comfort. For safety and security a connection strap is included for the seat belt to join to the harness.

For more dog travel tips and products, check out our Dog Travel section! Safe travels!

Flying with Your Dog on a Plane

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Kobi (8wks) in his travel bag on his first flight.

I have a real plane dog. The day I adopted Kobi, I took him on his first flight (see right). Since then, I’ve taken Kobi on several flights both domestically and internationally. As such, I can definitely help you with tips for flying with a dog.

Kobi is under the typical 20lbs limit for in-cabin flight travel, so he’s always been in the airplane with me. (I can’t comment on plane travel for dogs that are larger and need to be in the hull, i.e. as cargo.)

Before Your Flight with Your Dog

You will need to check with the airline you plan to fly with and see what their pet regulations are. There is no standard set of rules and they can change. Sometimes rules are different depending on where you are flying to (e.g. Hawaii).

First of all, make sure the airline will take your breed. Some airlines will not accept brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs, e.g. Pugs. Shih Tzus.

You need to purchase a ticket for your dog, as well as, yourself. I find this highly annoying because your dog will end up sitting in your seat area. You have to put him in front of your feet, on the floor, under the seat in front of you. Don’t forget that despite the fact that you purchased a ticket for your dog, this does not give you an extra bag. If you’re flying coach, you are still only limited to one bag and one personal item. The dog bag will count as the “one bag”, so I just bring a purse as my personal item.

It’s important to make sure your dog has a ticket because there generally is a limit on the number of pets in the cabin. Note service animals are typically not counted in the maximum number allowed in the cabin.

Getting the Right Dog Travel Bag

Your dog will need an airline approved dog bag. I’ve never experienced an airline exactly measure the bag my dog was in, however, your dog needs to be able move around in it – typically stand up enough so he can switch his body position front to back and visa versa. I have heard stories of airlines doing this test. The dog bag also needs to be able to fit under the seat in front of you.

I recommend getting a dog bag which allows your dog to see out as much as possible (this also helps with ventilation). It should also have flaps to close the “windows” of the bag, because sometimes your dog will just want to sleep and not be distracted.

Make sure to get your dog used to his travel bag. He should not be testing it out on his first flight. We made sure to feed Kobi in his travel bag before he used it on a plane. As such, he has positive experiences associated with his travel bag.

Last but not least, often you will need a health certificate from your vet, which might need to be dated within 10 days of the first flight your dog will be on.

Next step: What to Bring for the Day of Travel

Why Not Be a Dog Sledding Musher?

dog_sleddingAre you bored with your job and want some adventure? Why not become a musher for dog sledding? We just saw that Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is looking for mushers and will train! Wow – now that would be some excitement.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is a premier dogsled touring operator in New England located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Their is a kennel comprised of over 100 sled dogs, ranging from racing Alaskan Huskies, to more traditional breeds like Siberians and Malamutes. Regardless of breed, their dogs all share common traits of friendliness towards people, the love of running, and an athletic & competitive nature. Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel focuses on rescuing Alaskan huskies in need of a home, giving them a “job for life”.

Not ready to leave the corporate life, but want a taste of adventure? They offer dog sledding rides ranging from 2 – 50 miles, including dog sledding overnight trips. They welcome guests of all ages and abilities to meet their rescue and second chance sled dogs, pet them, help to harness/hitch the teams and even help drive!

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is located in the heart of the White Mountains, 2 hours from Burlington, VT, and 45 minutes from North Conway, NH. They are near the Mountain View Grand Resort, Applebrook Bed & Breakfast, the Town and Country Motor Inn, and the Gorham Motor Inn.