* When traveling with your Argentine Dogos there are a few things to remember:
-First and foremost, ALWAYS make sure that your Dogo has all his necessary vaccinations, along with a health certificate, to bring along with your trip. If you will be traveling by car please read our car riding pg http://www.dogo-argentinos.org/ridingincars.htm.
-Second, be sure that your Argentine Dogo has Identification. This is just as important as you carrying your wallet with your ID. Your Dogo should always have a collar with ID tag that contains your name and phone number. If your Dogo gets lost somehow, that could be the only ways he gets back home. Another option (and sometimes reqired for travel, boarding, flights, etc) is to microchip. This way if your Argentine Dogo were to lose his ID tags, he could still be scanned for the microchip and be reunited with his owners. For more information on micro chipping talk with your local vet or visit http://www.homeagain.com/1_0.html. There are, however, a few different brands of microchips, so speaking with your vet would be best.
* If your Dogo Argentino is on medication, bring plenty of it so you’re not running out of medication when it’s needed. It would also be a good idea to have your argentine dogoveterinarian contact information and health records in case you loose the medication, so the vet can call in a prescription should the other get lost.
* Is your Argentine Dogo well socialized? See our dogo dogos socialization pg. A well socialized Dogo will travel more easily and tolerate the stress of traveling better than a Dogo that is not used to being in a car or around other people. You want the trip to be enjoyable for both you and your Dogo Argentino.
* Is your Dogo Argentino well behaved? Although many places that allow pets, no one wants to your Dogo barking all night or during the day. You also want to keep your Dogo occupied so it’s not chewing on the hotel furniture or going potty on the carpet. You don’t want your hotel room to smell like a kennel and neither does the hotel staff.
* You should also consider bringing along your Dogos food dishes, bed or pillow and a couple of his favorite toys. Having familiar items along for the trip can help ease the stress of traveling and make the trip more enjoyable for both you and your Dogo Argentino. Most importantly, bring your Dogo’s OWN food. Trust me; this is not the time to get experimental with your Dogo’s digestive tract. (If you’ve ever changed your Dogo Argentino’s food all of a sudden, you know what I mean.)
* If air travel is in your plans for you and Dogo, you will need to purchase an airline crate.argentine dogo Airlines require these unless your dog is small enough to be considered carry-on luggage. There are many useful websites on pet friendly airlines and hotels. See end of page for some.
* Use some restraint. Just as we need seat belts, your Argentine Dogo needs some form of safety restraint when in the car. A special restraining harness can connect your Dogo to safety belts, preventing him from flying forward during sudden braking or impact. He can stand, sit or lie down, but not get loose. When you’re ready to leave the car, just snap the leash onto the his harness and you’re ready to go. You can also ask your car dealer if there are any customized accessories for traveling with dogs. You might find a seat cover that fits like a glove — preventing fur, saliva, and mud from coming between you and your Dogo Argentino.
Lastly, HAVE FUN! Your Dogo will love you all the more for including him in your family vacation.
Pet friendly hotels and airlines for you & your Argentine Dogo:
Continental Airlines(click) or call 800-523-3273