This blog is all about traveling with your pets, primarily dogs. And about traveling with my dog Cici who is a 6 year old pit bull mix (Dalmatian plus American Pit Bull Terrier).
dog travel tips
Since pit bulls and pit bull mixes have a bad reputation in the media and society, it’s a good idea to make sure when you are traveling and that means throughout your life that your dog is a good ambassador for the breed. That way, you are part of the solution. And hopefully, soon, no more breed specific legislation will happen. No more dogs will be banned from cities. And no more pibbles will be left to die in shelters across America. Right now 5 million dogs are euthanized yearly in America. A large percentage of them are pit bulls and mixes.
Also, I just found out that dog fighting is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Some people like to fight pit bulls and make money through betting. Hopefully, dog fighting will also end soon. The more people learn about what great dogs and pets pit bulls are, the more positive press pit bulls get, the better for everyone in our society.
Here are some free tips on how to make sure that your dog is a good ambassador for the breed. Many of the free tips are obvious and good for all dog owners. But when you have a pibble, it is good to go the extra mile.
1. Clean up after your dog. Be a good neighbor.
2. Socialize and train your puppy early to have good manners around people and other pets. Go the extra mile, if you can, and get a Good Canine Citizen certificate, therapy dog or service dog training.
3. Don’t let your dog roam the neighborhood on the loose.
4. Don’t keep your dog chained up 24/7.
5. If someone criticizes you or your dog in public, don’t curse them out or start a fight. Be calm, cool and collected. Thank them and walk away.
6. When your dog has issues with other dogs or cats, keep them away from other animals.
7. Make sure your dog is not being a nuisance, barking excessively, digging in your neighbor’s yard, or other annoying habits.
8. Encourage your neighbors to get to know your dog individually. Educate them. Raise awareness whenever possible. Teach don’t preach.
9. If/when a child or other dog owner approaches and wants to pet or say hi to your dog, make sure that your dog and you are up for it. Otherwise, politely refuse. On occasion, I just say no. I am not in the mood for any trouble. Usually if they want to know why, I say am in a hurry and don’t have time or I don’t feel well. That way, we keep the peace.
10. If/when your dog manages to do something wrong, apologize and leave the scene. Some people will blame your dog no matter what you or your dog do. They will look at your dog and become afraid. And try to get others to gang up or agree with them. Best response is to skadaddle as quickly as possible. You don’t want an angry mob scene attacking you and your dog. And you don’t want someone’s fears to escalate into craziness. If someone makes a ridiculous and ignorant remark about my vicious dog, I thank them for their opinion and leave. You are never going to change some people’s minds. Ignorance is bliss.
11. Keep your dog healthy, well groomed and on leash.
12. Don’t leave your dog tied up outside stores. Some unscrupulous people will steal your dog and use them as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. Keep your dog safe. This is difficult for me at times I cannot bring Cici inside a store and I am alone so there is no one to watch out for her. If I see someone outside, I will generally ask if they can watch her for me. Usually they will say yes. Peace of mind. If not, I hurry up and keep a watch out from inside. Cici tends to bark in these situations anyway which makes it easy for me to know that she is there. It doesn’t always make me feel comfortable though.
13. When in doubt, if you can, leave your dog home, in the hotel room or the yard. I can trust Cici to be left alone in a hotel room or at home for 2-3 hours. If you should have to leave your dog alone in a hotel room, make sure that they won’t freak out, bark, whine, eat furniture, pillows and stuff while you are gone. Also, put a DO Not Disturb sign on the door to notify housekeeping not to enter the room. Better safe than sorry.
Hope this helps. Let me know if it does. Thanks.