Moving to the other side of the country can be an exciting time. Whether it is for a job, a relationship, or even just a fresh start, it can be liberating to leave behind everything and move onto new pastures. However, it can be difficult to make the plans you need when you have a furry friend in tow. Here are some of the things you should take into consideration when moving long distances with your dog.
One option you should think about is flying. If you can find a direct flight to your destination then it might be the quickest way for you to get there but it is going to require a lot of prep work. First of all, you need to check which airlines are willing to fly with dogs. Some will allow small dogs in carriers that can fit in the space at your feet while others will only allow service animals onto the plane, with all others getting checked below.
Flying with a dog will also require you to properly prepare your pooch beforehand. You need to find a suitable crate and acclimatise the dog to it so it recognises the crate as a safe space. You should also research the airports at either end of the flight to find out where you can let your pet stretch its legs and have a drink before and after the flight.
If you have a little more time to move, you might think about driving to your destination. Road tripping with your dog might a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget. If this is an option you like the sound of, you should think about whether or not your current car is big enough. We think the Mazda CX-5 has enough space for your dog and any belongings you need to take with you.
Make It Safe
Whether driving or flying, there is a chance that your pet will have to journey in a car at some point. There are several ways you can secure your dog no matter what vehicle you need them to go in. If it is your vehicle, the best option by far is a crate for the trunk. You can secure the dog in the crate and you can even buy custom crates which fit the back of your car perfectly. If you have a calm dog you could opt for a harness and a special seatbelt but be aware that a dog can easily get tangled up in them if it is feeling wriggly.
No matter how you choose to move across the country, you need to make sure that your dog is going to arrive at your new home as safely as you will. Take the time to plan it out and you won’t regret it.