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Smart Planning For Going On Holiday With Your Service Dog

Smart Planning For Going On Holiday With Your Service Dog

Currently, there are 13.9 million people with disabilities in the United Kingdom, and the total spending power of their households is about £250 billion according to SCOPE. Tourism agencies, travel insurance companies and other organizations involved in the travel industry are finding ways to tap into that spending power. More people with disabilities are taking advantage of the new travel packages and facilities designed to make their travel a pleasant experience. However, people with disabilities that have service dogs, may not be too eager to travel because they worry about the challenges they may face travelling with their pooch. Going on a holiday with your faithful service pooch should never feel like a heavy task, because all you need to do is plan.

Your travelling destination

If you are planning to go on a holiday within Europe, there are certain rules you need to follow. For example, the rules require your service dog to have a passport, a rabies vaccination, and a microchip. You should also make sure that your service dog is treated for fleas, worms and ticks. The rules in the EU are uniform and you won’t have a lot of trouble moving from one European country to the next.

Travelling internationally to non-European western countries may not be as simple. However, laws in places like Australia and the United States are usually service animal and accessibility friendly. However, visiting places like India, Nepal, Egypt and other non-Western countries may present new sets of bureaucratic and perception challenges for you and your dog. Once you have picked the right destination, it is time to start packing.


Packing for your holiday with your service pooch

You may have already picked your holiday destination, but have not yet made up your mind on what to pack. It is very likely that you may be tempted to over-pack, but all you need to do is decide what goes into your hand baggage and what will stay in your checked baggage. Your hand baggage is easy to reach, which means it should carry your service dog travelling essentials such as vet and other medical information, collapsible bowl and extra food, pick up poop bags, blankets and so on. The rest of the luggage such as extra bowls, food, grooming kit, supplements and so on should be in the checked baggage.

Letting the dog relieve itself as you travel and accommodation

You should limit the amount of food and water that you give your service dog on the day of your train journey or flight. Make it possible for your dog to relieve itself just before you get on the train or plane. You should do this to make your dog more comfortable as you travel to your destination. As far as accommodation is concerned, in Europe your service dog will be allowed access to hotels, theatres, public transportation, pubs and even libraries. Your travel agency will give you details about accommodations in other destinations outside of Europe.

Travelling with your service dog should not give you a headache. You can make the whole process easier by starting to plan months or weeks before you travel.

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