Woof Woof’s Advice for Keeping Pets Calm and Healthy for Holiday Travels

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Woof Woof has been traveling since he was 7-weeks old. Over the course of a four-day road trip home from Texas to New York, he managed to avoid accidents in 23 hours of traveling. We’re lucky. He’s a natural traveler who doesn’t get any kind of motion sickness. The challenge is just making sure he doesn’t jump on the drivers lap.

To get the best expert advice we could, we talked to Woof Woof’s trainer, John Monteleone. He’s the head trainer for the animal talent agency that represents Woof Woof, All Tame Animals.

He says the secret to a dog traveling by car or train is that you are prepared if your dog has motion sickness or has a tendency to be anxious. There is medication for both conditions, but you should always talk to your vet before giving your dog any form of medication.

But the biggest preparation you have to make on a roadtrip is safety. When your dog is taking a walk outside near any road or parking lot, watch for antifreeze fluid. Dogs may drink from the puddle because of the sweet taste, but it’s poisonous.

He also says not to let your dog put his head out the window. With Woof Woof, I always worry he’ll fall out. He’s a little guy, so if his head is outside window, not much of his body is still in the car. He’s just as happy with air conditioning and looking out the window, enjoying the view.

Woof Woof wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving with turkey and vegetables for your dogs – served in their food bowl instead of from the table.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

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Woof Woof Researches Dog Passports

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When I first got Woof Woof, I knew I wanted a dog that was under 20 pounds. I never wanted him to have to fly in the undercarriage of the plane. I was stoked when I heard about dog passports. Even if he never traveled internationally, I knew I wanted to have one. Now, we’re planning several trips, and it’s time to start researching.

First what is a dog passport and does it work everywhere? For most countries, a pet passport is replaced by the health certificate that needs to be filled out by your vet for travel. What is really important is what vaccinations you need, if there is quarantine potential and if your pet must be microchipped.

Depending on the country, you may need just a few shots or you may need several sets. While you may book a ticket a couple of weeks in advance, you should always double check on the country’s website. I always google pet passport and the country name to get the information I need. For the United Kingdom, dogs traveling from the US don’t need anything too exciting as far as vaccinations, but you may have to repeat a rabies vaccine if your dog wasn’t microchipped before his or her last rabies vaccine.

Japan requires an extensive list of vaccines, but that’s not why I wouldn’t take my dog there. He can be quarantined for any reason when he arrives for more than a month. I can’t take that risk. Japan does this because their country is rabies free and wants to protect their dogs from contracting diseases from countries where rabies still exists. As a traveler, it’s a sign to only bring your dog to Japan if you plan on relocating. For the same reason, you shouldn’t bring your dog to Hawaii or Australia if you aren’t going to be there for at least a year.

The good news? There’s a whole world inside and outside of the US to explore. Just learn how the rules in advance, so you and your dog can have a wonderful vacation.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof’s Guide to Coffeeshop and Restaurant Etiquette

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Whether you’re lucky enough to be in a town that allows dogs indoors or not, it’s very important to know dog etiquette for dining with your pooch.

Here’s what Woof Woof and I suggest:

Always bring a toy you don’t have to throw or a special treat. Woof Woof has been going to restaurants, bars and coffee shops since he was 7 weeks old. There were definitely times where he wouldn’t have behaved if he didn’t have a toy or treat to preoccupy him. When he was little, the best toys were chew toys. I always had a variety of small chews with me, even a teething ring. At the whopping age of 8 months, now he likes a large biscuit or a plush chew toy. I carry both.

Be prepared to leave if your dog doesn’t behave. There are a million reasons why your dog may get antsy. Sometime I have to take Woof Woof outside and see I he needs bathroom break or just a I-need-to-walk-a-bit break. He also may need water or food. Woof Woof has only had to leave a restaurant once. It was when I couldn’t answer his needs any other way. He learned that if he wants to stay inside the restaurant, he has to behave.

Have a set procedure for dining. Woof Woof knows his leash gets tied to the chair or hooked to a coat hook underneath the bar. He then lays down, sits, plays with his toy or eats his treat.

Expect him to be on your lap for part of the time. Woof Woof is very comfortable sitting on my lap. I can put a plate on his back, and he won’t even reach for food. Being able to sit on my lap part of the time makes him feel like he’s getting enough attention without acting out.

Make sure your dog has social skills for greeting other dogs. He’ll give other doggie diners a quick sniff, and sometimes he gives a play invite. Play invites are generally on leash and depends on the type of restuaurant. He’s not going to play in a fancier restaurant. I pick him up and tell him no if he’s play level isn’t right for the restaurant’s environment.

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Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.