Knowing how to travel with your protection dog is an absolute necessity. After all, your dog cannot protect you from home while you and your family are miles away. No matter how you plan to travel, the first thing you should do is ensure that you have an appropriately sized dog crate. There should be enough room in the crate for your dog to stand up and turn around comfortably. German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds are all medium to large sized dogs, and you should buy your dog’s crate accordingly.
Traveling by car is perhaps the least complicated. If it’s your car, you can place your dog in it how you please. However, to keep your dog safe, it is recommended that your dog be inside of a secured crate. A van or pickup truck are ideal vehicles, as they provide enough space to properly rest your dog’s crate. If your pickup truck has an open bed, be sure that your dog’s crate is well secured and will not move about during travel.
Traveling by public transit, such as a bus or train, can be legally complicated. The majority of buses and trains in the united states do not permit pets on board. However, working dogs who are registered as service dogs are, by law, permitted in all public areas. This includes buses, trains and even airports. Your personal protection dog is not a pet, and under certain circumstances, it can be legally registered as a service dog. Unfortunately, many people do not fully understand the law regarding service dogs, and may attempt to deny you and your dog access to a public area if you do not have a visible physical disability. In the United States, Federal law states that service dogs and their owners cannot be denied access to any public area, regardless of whether the dog aids a person with a physical disability, such as a guide dog, or performs another function, such as a protection dog. If you are outside of the United States, it is important that you familiarise yourself with local laws regarding service dogs.
Traveling by plane is perhaps the most complicated. If your dog is legally registered as a service dog in the United States, it will be allowed to accompany you in the cabin of the plane. If you are traveling to another country, be aware of that country’s laws and how they might react to you bringing your protection dog into their airport. If your protection dog is not registered as a service dog, it will be required to ride in a crate, in the cargo area. In either case, it is advisable to purchase your ticket in advance, and inform the airline that you will be traveling with your dog.