Moving Abroad? Here’s How To Take Your Dog With You

If you’re planning to move abroad with your dog, here are some guidelines to make it happen in a safe and pet-friendly way

We’re not always going to be around to take care of our pets – whether you’re visiting family that either doesn’t like or don’t have room for your dog, or you’re off on a work trip, your puppy can’t go with you. In situations like these, you do a lot of research into finding the best solution to ensure your dog is still happy and cared for without you around, and it all works out! 

But when you’re moving to a different country, things get much trickier. Your dog has to come with you this time, but you’re not sure how to make that happen in a safe and pet-friendly way. And that’s why this post is here to help. 

Know the Laws

The first thing to do is research the laws around pet importing in your new country. If you’re planning to move with your pet, you’re going to need to follow all guidelines from customs and beyond, and there’s no getting around this. Make sure you know what you’re in for ahead of time! 

When you know the laws, you’ll also be able to get all necessary documents ready ahead of time, such as a pet passport and a Vet’s report – this will detail the vaccinations your pup has been through, as well as declare if your pet is clear for travel. Be sure to print out multiple copies of such a report. 

Work with a Pet Shipping Company

If you want to be sure your pet can come abroad with you, and you’re not sure (or you’re certain) if the airline you’re flying with is going to be difficult about your pet coming with you, get specialized transport for them. 

There are quite a few pet carriers out there, and finding the right one for your needs and your dog’s needs, won’t be too difficult. For example, couriers like Shiply offer a pet transport service, so be sure to read up on terms and conditions and what it’ll mean for your dog to be moved in such a manner. 

Make Sure Your Pet is Comfortable

Finally, it would help if you were sure that your pet would be comfortable during transport. You need them to get used to being in a crate for hours on end, and practice for that can start right now. See if you’re able to pack in a toy or a comfort blanket for them as well, and most of all, try to get your pet to see their transport crate as a safe and comfortable place to be. Make sure they won’t be stuck in there, whining and crying for the whole trip, because that’s not right. 

Moving abroad, and taking your dog with you, is a big deal. It’s a big move for the both of you, and there’s a lot of legwork involved! Ensure you know all about it ahead of time and that your canine is comfortable throughout the entire process. 

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