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Transporting Your Dog To Your New Home

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By : Lynda Jeffers    99 or more times read
“What do you mean, ‘transporting my dog’? I’ll be taking him in the car, of course!” you might say in response to this title. As much fun as driving your furry pal to your new place might be if it’s within a couple of hours, people who have longer distances to travel may opt for some other mode of transport. However, we will be looking at all of them; never fear.

The Car:

The car is by far the most popular method for transporting pets to a new home. It’s relatively easy (unless Rover gets carsick), relatively stress-free (unless Sweetie decides to LOUDLY apprise you of her disapprobation with her carrying crate) and relatively cheap. The car allows you to stop whenever you want to take your dog for a walk to relieve itself or get some exercise.

Driving can take a long time, especially if you’re driving across country. You should plan your stops at hotels carefully, as many don’t allow dogs or may be full. Reserve rooms as early as possible. If you’re visiting friends, ensure that they know in advance that you have your furry companion(s) with you.

The Bus:

Ironically, given its name, the Greyhound bus service does not allow animals aboard, excepting service animals. Local buses may have differing rules. Call your local bus line for more information.

The Train:

Amtrack does not allow dogs, or pets of any kind (other than assistance animals). Local trains and commuter trains may have different policies, which may or may not restrict the size and kind of animal. They may also require that the dog be confined to a certain kind of crate or in a certain car.

The Plane:

Different planes have different rules concerning animals. Health certification from the veterinarian within 10 days of your flight usually has to be provided, as well as proof of vaccinations. Some airlines allow small dogs to fly in carriers that fit underneath an airline seat, but the requirements are strict. Equally strict are the carrier requirements for dogs flying as cargo. Call the airline you plan to use for information on what the exact size requirements are and the price.


Most ferries will accept pets on vehicle decks, but not in the passenger areas. Some may even have designated pet areas where you can exercise and water your pooch. Some ocean liners will accept pets under certain conditions. Contact the company you plan on using for their canine policies.

Professional Pet Movers:

There are companies that specialize in safely and speedily shipping your pet to its new home, whether that's the continental U.S. or overseas. The Internet can help you in your search for one of these companies. As with any company, do your research on their policies and prices.

In all of these cases, you’ll need to make sure that you have a container of your dog’s accessories – leash, collar, toys, bowls, food, a jug of water, any medications your dog is taking and identification that shows all possible ways of contacting you on the dog at all times. Many dogs may be happier and less stressed if you sedate them prior to your trip. Consult with your veterinarian if you are worried about your dog’s stress level.
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