Dog Bite Liability: Vacationing With Your Dog

Dog Bite Liability: Vacationing With Your DogDog Bite Liability: Vacationing With Your Dog

As dogs have become more “humanized” over the years, or in other words have evolved more into family members rather than pets, it comes as no surprise that people are regularly including them in their vacation plans. Senior editor at Travelocity.com Courtney Scott states that as a result, “We have definitely seen growth in pet-friendly hotels over the past several years, and currently more than 20,500 hotels on Travelocity’s site are listed as pet friendly”.

While this has likely pleased many pet owners and helped the tourism industry tremendously, there are factors that need to be taken into consideration, such as allergies, cleanliness, and dog bite insurance. In addition, you want to make sure that your dog has an enjoyable time! Here are some tips for traveling with your dog with their safety and well-being in mind.

  • Before leaving, have your vet do a physical on your dog, and get updated on any vaccines if necessary. Also, make sure your dog’s collar includes a tag that clearly states your address and phone number.
  • Crate your dog. As long as you keep a positive attitude, your dog will likely not be bothered by being crated, and even if you are traveling by car, your pooch will be safer and less of a distraction to your driving this way.
  • If traveling by airplane, be sure you know the rules regarding pet travel for that airline. Don’t allow your dog to travel on a full stomach, to avoid problems with motion sickness.
  • Keep your dog calm during travel by bringing a favorite toy, blanket, etc. and by remaining positive. Dogs can sense your anxiety!
  • Even if you are staying at a pet-friendly hotel, it’s a good idea to go for a long walk once you reach the hotel to get their pent up energy out. Remember that your dog may be a little stressed from the unfamiliar situation so be cautious when approaching other people or dogs at the hotel.

F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only that specializes in Dog Bite Liability Insurance Programs  This policy is available in California, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin. It will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year.

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