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1. Posted by demiphillips_ (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hi guys!
So me and my partner are wanting to go travel europe, we are 18 year olds and never properly travelled, we basically just want to get up and go, however, we have a 7 mont old husky and we are too in love to let her go and want her to have a great life too. we just want abit of help. about the dog, money, accommodation etc
thanks everyone!

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2458 posts) 1y

To begin with your dog will need to have an identification microchip installed then after that is done get a rabies vaccination at least 3 weeks before you leave. Research echinococcus treatment too. Make sure you follow all the procedures carefully and have the proper paperwork.

Start Googling and see how difficult it will be to find accommodation that will accept a dog in the places that you want to visit, I suspect you're going to run into lots of problems here. Remember that many restaurants, bars, clubs, museums, public transport, etc. will have restrictions too.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by demiphillips_ (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hi Terry,
Thanks for that, really appreciate it, there will be a lot of problems ahead with dogs, we will be camping a lot and staying in hostels. if you have any hostel websites for europe that be great!
thanks
Demi :)

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2458 posts) 1y

I don't know any hostels that allow large dogs. Good luck with that.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by grldmcadams (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Being a first time traveler and the money I think is no issue but regarding with your pet I think its a big problem for both of you.

6. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 1y

At 18 I'm guessing you guys don't have a BIG pot of money. So you can work in eu countries, though a lot of places have higher unemployment than home so this could be hard. By taking the dog you're really limiting yourselves to camping, so a few issues - few campsites in cities, can you leave the dog there unattended while you work? Dog in a hot tent all day? How are you going to feel if the dog is stolen? Casual jobs aren't going to pay much, if only one of you is working while the other is with the dog, working is going to stretch your budget a bit further rather than outright paying for your travels.

Staying in hostels puts you in the middle of the city, so easier for work - many of the casual jobs will be helping in the hostel, which only becomes available to you if you're staying there.

Costs - much of western Europe is a bit more expensive than home. You can figure your daily costs by looking up on the web (hostel sites, railway sites, etc) and adding up accommodation + transport + food and drink + attractions + misc (backpacker insurance, clothes, passports, discount cards, phone, maps, souvenirs, etc).

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Apr-2015, at 23:44 by Andyf ]

7. Posted by mariha2912 (Full Member 115 posts) 1y

Hello demiphillips!

Is traveling on Europe simply on the stages of day dreamming or you have some specific ideas on mind? Say do you have specific dates and destinations on mind, have you save some ammount of money, have you look on visa requirements and the like?

8. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 528 posts) 1y

Get someone to take care of the puppy for you before you go on the road. Your pup won't want to be alone while you're out touring. It could be barking, it could be whining, it could be chewing, it could do lots of other things. At 7 months, your pup's bones are still growing. If you plan to hike a lot, those bones could be injured. I don't know what you feed your dog, but if its pet food, you'll have to carry quite a bit as your pup will still be in its peak growth phase. You'll also have to have an adequate supply of water. Dogs don't perspire like humans; they pant a lot; and if there's a lack of shade, it could be life threatening. Also, since its summer you may also have to contend with fleas and perhaps ticks. Hostels won't like a dog that's scratching and chewing a lot. Is your dog well-socialized? Does it growl at other people and at other dogs? Is it shy? If so, it could be a major problem. Know that you'll need to walk your dog on a leash. Know, too, that you'll have to pick up the poop. So you'll have to carry enough plastic bags; and you'll be constantly on the prowl to find trash cans to deposit those bags. In short, you'll do yourselves, and your pup, a tremendous favor if you leave it behind while you travel. Bottom line: Think of your dog's welfare. This is from a person who owned, trained and traveled (by car) with Bernese Mountain Dogs for years. I no longer have dogs, since I travel a lot.

One more thing: How do you plan to travel? Do planes, buses and trains in Europe allow non-service dogs to accompany you free of charge? If not, be prepared to pay. If flying, you'll need to have a crate. That's mandatory. In the United States, most hotels and motels require a deposit up front for dogs in a room; and there's often a size limitation. But it's possible to get around that limitation by demonstrating that a dog is well-behaved and well-trained.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Apr-2015, at 11:01 by berner256 ]