1. Before your Pet travel: Your dog should receive some basic training so that he behaves well during the trip.
2. Pet friendly accommodations: Book pet friendly cottages for your dog. A pet friendly dog is more than just one that allows pets- it welcomes your pet and does not frown at them, like in regular hotels. Some pet friendly hotels provide special dog beds, turndown service, dog care service and even dog spa service. Ask the hotel you are booking regarding the services and amenities available for your dog. Do not forget to ask about the cost involved. Some may charge non- refundable pet deposit upon arrival, while some may charge special cleaning fee. Whatever it is, the bottom line is- do your research before booking any hotel before your pet travel plans especially if traveling to the East coast on a cross country trip.
3. Getting there: Air travel for dogs may not be an ideal option. Airplanes treat pets as cargo. Small dog owners are lucky though as some airlines allow them to bring pets in small carriers to be kept under the seat in front. But would you want your little pet to travel like that? I guess, no. However, some pet loving entrepreneurs are developing pet friendly airlines that may be quite affordable too. One such airline is the Pet Airways that allow only pets (no humans) to travel in the main cabin and not in the cargo. Unfortunately, these flights are available only in some cities.
4. Drive: Driving is the best way to pet travel with your dog. Long before the tour, start taking your dog out for small road trips. Do not drive with him only to the vet. This will make his car drive only anxious that will reflect during the tour as well. If you find your dog incapable of adjusting to the road trips, then a road drive may not be a good option. If he is OK with the ride, then viola! But take necessary medications from your vet that might be needed for a long trip. But be careful to use medications rarely and only in case of emergencies.
5. Take stops for rest: If driving with your dog, take rest stops along the way. Stop every 3- 5 hours so that your dog can relieve himself, stretch himself, drink water, etc. Also keep a note of several veterinary hospitals that falls on the way. Check whether they will be open during the time of your drive.