International Service Dog Travel Tips and Vlog

International Service Dog Travel Tips and Vlog

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Come on an adventure with us and explore how we navigate the complex waters of international service dog travel. As an experienced traveler, I can tell you it takes a lot of work to get right, so come along, and enjoy! What are your best guide dog/service dog travel tips?

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Thumbnail Description: A photo on the left shows Tamara in her purple wheelchair sitting next to Patience who is in harness. They are both under some beautiful cherry blossoms by a lake. To the right a beautiful blue sky with a plane can be seen with the text International Service Dog Travel Tips & Vlog.

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  1. To Fu on February 1, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Hi Tamara, some really Good points, very well thought through video, explaining. How you prepare for Travel.
    yes, I totaly agree, different countries, have different rules to follow. Im originaly from the UK, South of England, East Sussex.
    The UK, have Always had stricter guidlines to follow, but as Long as these rules are followed, its not a problem.
    I was very reluctant to Travel to the UK, since my eyesight become worse, and was worried about how, it would be using a white cane, in a very busy environment, with lots of Noise. To my surprise, it went very well. I am Still worried, when it comes to flights, traveling Long distances, Even though I spend alot of time preparing.
    The strange thing, is that I used to Travel alot to different countries, in my work, but had better eyesight back then.
    You are doing a fantastic job Tamara, looking at all the different aspects, of life and how you adapt, have adapted, and taking time showing others, ideas of how they can cope, in different situations, of everyday life. As always, so very admirable. Kind regards Tony from Scandinavia.

  2. Service Dog Skidboot on February 1, 2023 at 3:26 am

    Great video! I trained my SD to go potty on command on potty pads. He refused to use the pet relief areas at the Vancouver Airport (I have to admit, they were pretty smelly). So I put a potty pad down beside it. He just looked at me funny and sat down on it lol. I think he didn’t want to go potty inside a building. I tried again several times, in washrooms, the lavatory of the plane – nope. He ended up holding his potty for 24 hours and didn’t relieve himself until I took him to a grassy spot outside the Zurich Airport. I did withhold his food and only gave him limited amounts of water as well as ice cubes to lick.

  3. Star Jestis on February 1, 2023 at 3:31 am

    Amazing video!!!

  4. Cedric Green on February 1, 2023 at 3:33 am

    Thanks for the audio description

  5. Christian Sullivan on February 1, 2023 at 3:39 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic with us, Tamara! My family and I go to Greece whenever We have the chance to visit other family members and for vacations. This was really great information for whenever We eventually go to Greece again, also making accommodations for My Guide Dog!

  6. Jamal Dinosaur on February 1, 2023 at 3:41 am

    Great video as usual tamara!! Just curious do you still stream on twitch? I used to get notifications when you went live but I haven’t for a while (:

  7. Khanh HM on February 1, 2023 at 3:46 am


    This is a great and very informative video. However, unless rules are different in Canada, at least in the US, guide dogs do not have to stay in harness during the entire duration of the flight. With a flight that is six hours or longer, that would not be comfortable for the dog, and especially with newer and younger dogs, there is a chance, slight though it is, that he or she can start chewing on the front of the harness. This actually happened to a friend of mine with her second dog on the flight home from the school.

    I always remove my dog’s harness and keep it with me. He is under control (on leash, tucked under the seat as much as possible) and the harness is either in the pocket that is on the seat in front of me or draped over the arm of the seat closest to the window. One exception I made to this was when we had a very short flight that was an hour long and we had to share a row of seats with two other people.

    I do the same thing in regards to bringing food. Dehydrated and/or freeze dried raw food is another great option if the dog is on that diet. I find it takes up much less space than kibble. But then again, my dog is on a varied and rotational diet. I love those silicone type bowls. I remember my first collapsible bowl was this nylon one and I hated it because it was a pain to clean. It also took a zillion years to dry.

  8. Becca Kronick on February 1, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Thank you for posting this when you did. I recently got into a rather heated exchange on YouTube comments with another person who accused guide dog and service dog users of cruelty for bringing a dog on an international flight due to limiting food and water as starving and dehydrating the dog. Sadly, no amount of education would sway their opinion. But hopefully, they watch your channel and will learn.

  9. les flower on February 1, 2023 at 3:51 am

    Tamara i keep for getting to tell you my name Is Margie, when i post it always says les LOL

  10. Meg and Maui on February 1, 2023 at 3:55 am

    I loved this video I don’t know when I will ever go out of country but our first trip on a plane was perfect your tips have been so helpful also the pool thing was great tips cause I started swimming again

  11. les flower on February 1, 2023 at 3:57 am

    thank you, hop you had a wonderful vacation

  12. Sophie and T on February 1, 2023 at 4:04 am

    Wow so helpful thankyou so much for making this video. I’m going to the uk and hoping I can bring my service dog with me the laws for traveling to the uk is alot.

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