It’s the age-old, travel tear-jerker… alright, only for some people: does the puppy come along for the trip, or does it stay at home? It’s a tough one. On one hand, you’ve got your little best friend who would be the happiest creature in the world to be by your side on your adventure; on the other, are you SURE you’re willing to share your travel time (constantly) with your pooch?
If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll have seen snaps of our beloved English Staffy Quinn a.k.a the adventure dog getting around the place. Like, all around the place. He’s a very well-travelled, four-legged critter.
It’s not easy being a gypsy who loves to move from place to place, as well as have a dog best mate. I’m sure some of you are reading this thinking ‘well, you shouldn’t own a dog if you’re going to travel’. The truth is though that travelling with your furry friends is much easier than you might think.
There are now companies all around the world who look after one specialised field of travel – pets. Companies like Jetpets and Travel Vets literally exist for one reason: to make travelling with your pet simple. It’s also more common than ever before for beloved dogs and cats to board common airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin along with their owners to reach their shared destinations. While price may be an issue, the option to take your pet travelling with you is there.
So, you’ve got the means; maybe the cash and you can’t wait to take your dog with you… but why are you reading this?
Here’s a list of pros and cons about travelling with dogs:
PROS of travelling with dogs: (these are the obvious ones)
- They’re cute
- They make you happy
- They keep you company
- They make you smile and laugh
- You don’t have to face saying bye to your pet when you drive off into the sunset (and they get left at home)
I don’t think you need anymore pros. You know why you want to take your pet with you.
CONS of travelling with dogs:
- Cost: depending on what kind of travel you intend on doing, it can get expensive taking your dog with you. Flights aside, even if you’re on the road there’s still food supplies and potential vet bills to consider.
- Time: yes, it’ll be lovely to have them hanging out with you. But if your dog spends it’s time hanging out in a caravan park or tied to a tree all day every day by itself while you’re out doing tours or using public transport… honestly, would they be better off at home in their usual routine?
- Sacrifice: don’t worry, I’m not talking about that kind of sacrifice. Are you willing to potentially miss out on opportunities during your trip because you have your dog with you? National parks in Australia don’t allow dogs, and many camping grounds don’t either. Obviously you’ll be doing more free rein travelling than tours, because I don’t think the bus driver will be stoked to see you walking over with your furry friend next to you.
Don’t worry – it’s not all doom and gloom. These are just some things to consider. We’ve travelled around Australia with our dog and wouldn’t have it any other way. Quinn is used to travelling. He loves the car and he knows the general routine. We pullover every few hours and let him have a wander / toilet break. We keep a couple of toys in the car with us to play fetch and wear him out when we take breaks. He has a water bowl in the car which we offer him every hour or so for a good drink. We’ve always got food for him stowed away in the Engle incase we pass through places without servos / shops to buy more. Quinn’s lead and harness is easy to grab when we stop incase there’s traffic / people about. Always carry some plastic bags too for the fun times when you get to clean up after them.
When it comes to seeing the sights – most beaches and natural landmarks in Australia are dog friendly (not national parks) as long as they’re on a leash. The same goes for camp sites. At every ‘dog friendly’ camp site, there’s always a few other travellers who have their dogs with them. When it comes to national parks, we’ve learnt to wear him out with fetch or a big walk before going places and only ever leave him behind for a couple of hours at most with plenty of cold water and fresh air. He usually gets a drenching with water as well if it’s a warmer day and hangs out in a spot that goes to be shady for the whole time that we’re away.
If you want to take your dog with you, there’s not much stopping you really. We hope this info is useful to you when thinking about travelling with dogs, but at the end of the day it comes down to two questions. We ask ourselves: ‘will we by sacrificing the stuff we really want to do because we’ll have the dog with us?’ and ‘will our dog in all honesty, be better taken care of / loved / happier if it just stayed at home?’.
Most importantly, remember: they’ll still love you when you get back.