Traveling With a Service DogBy Davis, Marcie; Special Living Magazine,
Publication Date: Winter 2007
Article offers advice for traveling with a service dog. The author stresses that federal laws such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act protect the right to travel, stay in hotels, and visit restaurants with a service dog. Basic tips include: (1) The dog should wear a current dog license and identification tags with both dog and owner name, address, and telephone number; (2) A portable water bowl and bottled water keep the dog hydrated, and bringing enough dog food helps maintaining his diet when traveling; (3) Owners should call ahead to educate themselves and the transportation carrier about traveling with the service dog; (4) Owners should talk to the veterinarian about concerns such as parasites and illnesses during travel, including motion sickness, and should also bring any medication the dog might need while gone; (5) Small trash bags and a bottle of club soda for cleanup are handy carry-ons if the dog vomits during travel; and (6) Owners should determine what laws apply to service dogs at international travel destinations. A website address listed of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (http://www.iaadp.org) provides information regarding applicable laws and access issues.
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