If we know anything, it’s that going on vacation is 100% better when you can bring your pet. This is especially true of snowboarding trips. Our pups love playing in the snow, running around the mountain, and even keeping up with backcountry shenanigans. Many ski areas in the United States allow dogs around the base area, making this a great option for fellow shredders with dogs.
Unfortunately, getting your pup to the mountain can be difficult. Most Americans don’t live near ski resorts, and even those who do may prefer to travel around the country to check out new areas. In many cases, this will involve getting in an airplane. This is where bringing Fido becomes complicated.
If you’re set on bringing your dog on your next snowboarding vacation, it’s definitely possible – you’ll just need to do some extra planning.
How to Travel with a Pet
Traveling with a dog is easier now than it was just a few years ago. That said, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind before packing your pup into a crate and shipping off to your next snowboarding spot. There are a few pet-friendly trips for traveling to your next snowboard vacation destination. Just be prepared – you’ll have to spend some extra money and some extra time planning the trip.
- Figure out if your dog can actually travel. Many airlines place restrictions on the types of dogs they allow on flights. For example, brachycephalic animals are banned from most commercial airlines. This includes all snub-nosed dogs, like pugs and boxers. Bringing your dog to the vet is the easiest way to figure out if they’re fit to fly.
- Figure out how they need to travel. Airlines place strict size limits on animals that are allowed to travel inside the cabin. If your dog is bigger than the average chihuahua, they’ll need to travel as checked baggage. Keep in mind that, if you’re hopping on a plane for a snowboarding vacation, you’ll probably also be checking your equipment at the gate. If you’re checking multiple items, budgetary concerns may arise. Additionally, most airlines have thorough guidelines for the kennels dogs need to use. In other words, prepare yourself to buy a new carrier for the trip.
- Help them get used to the travel crate. Even the most well-adjusted dogs have a hard time traveling. If you’re worried about your dog’s ability to fare well in the cabin or cargo hold of an airplane, do what you can to prepare them for the trip. Help them associate their crate with comfort by keeping their favorite toy or blanket inside. If you have the time, take them on a long car ride while in their crate. Pet travel is all about acclimatizing. A happy dog is a healthy dog, and if you can keep your pup satisfied during the trip, everyone will have a better vacation.