The idea of taking your dog abroad might sound extremely difficult to deal with, but it’s actually not as tricky as you might think. Recent changes have meant that although it is still not the simplest of process, taking your dog abroad is not the chore it once was.

If you can’t leave your dog at home, perhaps because you are moving to a new country for good and want to take him or her with you, here is a useful guide on how to get it right for you and for them.

Keep Them Calm

Whether you are driving, taking a ferry, going by airplane, or any other method of transport, your dog is potentially going to be confused and disoriented. They might become agitated and upset. Just like humans, dogs like their routines, but unlike humans, it’s hard to explain to them why that routine may need to change once in a while. This can obviously cause distress. So, the first thing you are going to need to plan out is how you will keep your dog safe, secure, and happy while you are traveling.

One option is to visit your veterinarian and ask for a shot to calm the dog and make them much easier to manage. This can be a great way to help them in the short term but remember that the shot will only last for a certain amount of time. The problem then is that the dog might wake up even more confused.

CBD treats from are a great alternative to increase your dog’s calm and to help them be stress-free. Not only do they taste great, but these can be used as a distraction throughout the journey to make them feel better.


Depending on where you are traveling to or from, there will be certain rules in place regarding which vaccinations your dog is going to need. Again, your veterinarian will have the answers, and it is wise to book an appointment as soon as you know you are going to be taking your dog abroad. The veterinarian will be able to check your pet out, ensure they are healthy enough to travel, and talk to you about the shots they need and when.

Once your pet has had its necessary medication, you must be given a certificate to show that it has been done. This will need to be with you when you take your pet abroad to prove that you have done what was required. Your pet will also need to be microchipped. There may be other requirements that you will need to adhere to, but this will vary from country to country, so check first to ensure you have done everything. Additionally, staying safe with dog insurance is always a good idea, too.

Maintain a Daily Routine

Changing surroundings can be upsetting for a dog, and one of the best ways to help them to settle in once you arrive in your new home is to maintain their regular daily routine. This will help them feel much more settled, plus it will allow you and them to explore your new surroundings together. It won’t take long for the dog to feel at home — after all, as long as they have you, they are more than happy — but taking the time to help them do this is crucial.

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