Owning a dog is about more than just cuddles, cute photos together, and some fun playtime: it's also a lot of responsibility. This is almost never more clear when it comes time for you to take a little vacation. When you're traveling, you have two options: find someone to take care of your dog while you're away, or take your dog along for the ride. For some people, finding a dog-sitter is relatively simple, and that's the route they choose to go. Others prefer to bring their dog along on trips, which is fine... it's just also complicated and can get frustrating, depending on how you're traveling and what size dog you have. So how can you travel with your dog without losing your mind? It starts with the size of the pet.
Whether you're traveling by car, airplane, or train, having your dog alongside you can be a little bit tricky if you want to make sure they're both safe and comfortable. Going on a little road trip tends to be the easiest thing just because you have the most control over the situation: you're calling the shots, and you're keeping your dog in a more comfortable environment. But that's not to say it doesn't come with its own set of complications as well, because it does (we'll get to those). Traveling by airplane or train tends to be more difficult because you are then following someone else's rules, and you have to abide by specific regulations. Plus, it's not always quite as comfy for your dog.
But going into any kind of traveling situation becomes a little easier when you have some tricks up your sleeve. Here are some tips on how to travel with your dog, depending on their size: