Theron Humphrey

Dogs – The Best Travel Companions Your Will Have

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Hello animal lovers!

If you are here, then you love traveling with your pets, and that’s the purpose of my site. I want to help you overcome long distances and enjoy this time with your pet. I will share with you the things I have experienced during my travels.

I have a lot of stories to tell you and if you want to hear more about my adventures, then keep following my blog. I am ready to answer your questions and help you enjoy every journey with your furry friends.

Flying With A Large Dog? You Need To Read This First

Flying With A Large Dog? You Need To Read This First

If you’re a dog owner, it can often be difficult to leave your dog behind. Bringing your dog on vacation with you can be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog. You can both see new sights, meet new people, and have lots of great adventures together.

However, unless your dog is pint-sized, flying with large dogs can often be a difficult task. Aside from the fact that your dog may need to use the bathroom during the flight, different airlines have their own rules and regulations regarding the transportation of pets. The good news, however, is that the TSA has no problems with pets.

flying with a large dog

Today we’re going to take a look at everything that you need to know before flying with a large dog. It’s not impossible by any means, but there are several things that you should know beforehand.

Check With Your Airline First

Although the TSA allows pets of any size, your airline might have different rules. These rules are usually made in regards to safety and weight regulations, customers who have allergies, and general cabin space. In most cases, you will be able to bring your dog along via the cargo hold, but cabin rules are usually a lot stricter.

What To Expect at the TSA Screening

Some people put their dog crates on the little x-ray screening conveyor belt. The examiner is usually quite surprised when they see an entire four-legged skeleton pop up on their screen. This, however, is not necessary.

You will need to either carry or walk your dog through the metal detector. Sometimes the TSA agent will want to take a closer look at your dog, so make sure that they are well-trained and know how to behave around strangers.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that all dogs should be kept on a leash at the airport. Even if your dog is trained to behave while off the leash, they can often be startled, confused or have their curiosity peaked in a large airport full of new people and strange sights and smells. The TSA also performs standard walkthroughs with their K9 units. You don’t want your dog getting in the way of them.

Flying With Dogs in the Cabin

Most airlines have a general rule that dogs weighing over 40-pounds are not allowed in the cabin (always be sure to check with your airline, though). A lot of the time, however, they will make special exceptions for individuals who rely on a service dog. To qualify for these exceptions, you will need to provide written proof that the dog is indeed a service animal, and they will need to be well-behaved and trained.

a dog in a crate at airport

Some airlines do allow small dogs in their cabin though. They will need to be placed in crates both for their own safety and in consideration of the other passengers. That being said, make sure that your small dog is comfortable remaining in a crate for however long the duration of your flight is.

Dogs in the Cargo Hold

Airlines are usually far laxer when it comes to allowing dogs into the cargo hold. For people flying with large dogs, this is most likely the option that you will have to opt for. If your large dog is going to be checked into the cargo hold, then they will need to be screened by a TSA agent beforehand. They will usually ask you to briefly take your dog out on a leash, inspect the crate, and make sure that your dog appears normal. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes extra.

There are quite a bit of myths about dogs in the cargo hold, and bad things happening to them. Most of these, however, are not true and are rare occurrences that tend to affect dogs with pre-existing health problems affected by stress and altitude. If your dog is in good health, you should have nothing to worry about.

Selecting the Appropriate Crate

The final step before flying with your large dog is to select a good crate. You need to get one in which your dog can stand up straight in with room to spare, and also lay down with paws extended. In addition, you may also want to provide a urinary matt in case nature calls.

Final Thoughts

Flying with large dogs isn’t the impossible task that some people make it out to seem. Just remember to check your airline’s regulations, and make sure that your pet is up to the long flight. For the sake of your dog, you shouldn’t subject them to the stresses of flight if they aren’t well trained, are easily stressed, or have pre-existing medical conditions that could be made worse by flying conditions.

However, if you think that your large dog is up for the flight, then all you need to do is properly prepare. Make sure you know the regulations, arrive at the airport early for the extra TSA inspection, and ensure that your crate is up to standards.

Traveling With A Dog – The Best Tips You Can Get

Traveling With A Dog – The Best Tips You Can Get

Having a dog is a beautiful experience and people who love animals know the true joy of owning a pet. Many of us consider pets as part of our family, and we can’t fathom the idea of leaving our furry friend behind and going on another vacation. But, vacationing with your dog is much more than just taking your car on the road. Dogs require continuous attention and detailed planning. Considering I have two dogs and I often travel with them, here are some useful tips I use every time I bring my dogs with me.

Prepare your dog for a trip

Not every dog is set for long car journeys. The last thing you want to find out an hour into your trip that your dog gets sick every time you turn a corner. Some dogs are just not healthy enough to withstand long trips and don’t have the temperament for traveling. So, you shouldn’t force them into something that makes them ill. In this case, before your trip, you can take your dog on short rides and help him adjust to your car and driving style. Keep in mind, the older the dog is, the harder he will handle the journey.

Select the right ride

People who spend hours and day on the road require comfortable and spacious vehicles. These factors should also apply to your dog as well. For smaller dogs, you should choose smaller cars. On the other hand, if you have a larger breed, like Labrador, then you will have to select an appropriate vehicle to match his size. If you want to feel comfortable during your vacation, then your dog must also experience the same joy. Pay attention how you secure your pet because airbags are designed for human but can be fatal for animals.

dogsKeep them safe on the road

Having a loose animal in a car is never a good idea. First all, it can distract your attention, and they can be killed or injured is you make some sudden stops or get into an accident. There are a couple of excellent and harmless ways to secure your dog. One of them is getting a LATCH kid’s car seat anchors. Tying your dog with a leash or using a seat belt can be dangerous for your pets.

Pack their food, medication, and water

When you are traveling with your dog, you want to pack plenty of food for them. Traveling can be stressful for their bodies, so you shouldn’t change their eating habits when you are on the road. Also, make sure to supply them with water because animals are more sensitive than humans.

Maddie The Coonhound – Book Review

Maddie The Coonhound – Book Review

Maddie The Coonhound has captivated the hearts and imagination of dog lovers around the world. This book follows adventures of a dog called Maddie as it accompanies its owner from Utah to Illinois to Mexico and everywhere in between. In this book, you will find a lot of great pictures, happy memories, and exciting escapades as they travel across the country, sleep in cars and cheap motel. Maddie the Coonhound is a collection of best memories and highlights all Maddie’s cuddly side, but also the poses in unusual places. This book has a sweet touch, and it will interest anyone who loves dogs.

Maddie The Coonhound – Book ReviewEver since I got this book, I couldn’t stop reading and looking at it. Maddie reminds me so much of my dogs, mainly because I have two coonhounds, who are just mischievous as she is. The book has the power to transform your entire mental condition and make you happy instantly. It’s enough to look at the pictures you will feel instant joy and refreshment. At least that way in my case. I absorbed this book in one afternoon, and I would recommend it to anyone. If you are feeling lonely, sad, or just disappointed, I guarantee this book will improve your mood.

Conspiring that book is a collection of Maddie’s pictures, it’ll be excellent for your kids. They will enjoy every moment, and you will teach them how to love animals. In simple words, this a story between a man and a dog, a story full of love, friendship, companionship, and understanding. If you have dogs, then you should take this book and read it, it will show you what unconditional love means and how you should treat your pets. Take one peak on the web, and you will be in love with Maddie.

I bought right upon its release because I heard great recommendations from my friends and I have to say they were right. Even though I take my dogs with me every time I go traveling, I must admit I’m a bit jealous. So, my next goal is to recreate some of the adventures Maddie had, and I think my dogs will love it. If you haven’t still read this book, then head to the bookstore and purchase one copy. Maddie the Coonhound will bring the joy in your life and make you feel enthusiastic and young again.

This Wild Idea

This Wild Idea

My whole life has been one crazy adventure. Ever since I remember, I’ve been loving dogs, they’ve been part of my life, and now they are part of my family. I own two coonhounds who are six years old, and I can’t imagine my day without them. The reason why I started this blog is that I want to show you all adventures we’ve been through and share with you how passionate I am about dogs, and animal in general. In my opinion, owning a pet, gives a purpose to your life. Of course, we all want to have family one day, kids, wife, husband, but, it takes a particular type of commitment and love to have a pet.

crazy adventureEver since I got my dogs, I wanted to show them the world. Even though I live in a crowded neighborhood, I felt that my dogs deserved more attention. Then I soon started to bring them with me every time I went traveling. It took them some time to adjust to long driving hours, away from home and to share different types of accommodation. But, somehow this became our lifestyle. Over the years, we visited all the countries in the U.S., and our next goal is to go overseas.

The traveling got another purpose since I started bringing my dogs with me. They make everything bearable and my adventures more exciting. In my blog, you can find the collection of pictures and places we visited so far. I will share my experiences and show you how to take your dog on vacation with you. Not every dog is fit to long distances, they need some time to prepare, physically and mentally. That’s why I researched this topic, and you can learn from my mistakes.

The first time you bring your pets, you will never again leave them behind. They are excellent companions, and they’ll make your journeys interesting. On my website, you can find useful articles for beginners, that can prepare you for this adventure. I divided everything into stages, so even when you encounter problems, you can quickly fix them.

The dogs and traveling have been my passion for many years now. I want to show you the joy they can bring you, every time you take them with you. Keep in mind that they are also living beings, so don’t neglect their needs to be free and independent.