10 Best Tips Traveling With A Lhasa Apso


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Taking your Lhasa Apso on a trip can cause worry for some dog owners. Do not let your next trip with your dog worry you. There are things that can be done to reduce that strees. Your dog should be allowed to travel with you, so now let us read what can be done.

What are the 10 best tips when traveling with a Lhasa Apso? Below are the 10 best tips that you should implicate when taking your dog with you on your next voyage. Essentials, medical, medication, security, dogs well being are all answered here.

The Essentials

Before embarking on your trip together be certain that where you are staying excepts dogs. I am leaving soon on my winter vacation and have checked ahead that the hotel excepts dog’s, I always phone as some websites may not be up to date! With that organized and checked off the list make sure that you have these essential items ready, to make your Lhasa Apso’s trip as comfortable as possible. Here are the items I think are essential.

  • Food and water bowls
  • Regular food
  • Some toys
  • Brush and comb set
  • Shampoo and towels
  • Medical records
  • Medication
  • Poo sacks
  • Identification on collar
  • Bedding

Take along their food and water bowls like these on Amazon, they are vital if your trip is lengthy, this lets your Lhasa quench his thirst and eat a little when you stop for a break. Of course, taking his regular food is better than trying to make him eat something new. All this food and drink needs to be organized and they can be found on the products page

Once at your destination and installed comfortably, get the toys out so he can play and relax with you. Boredom will not get the chance to install if he has something to play with.

Now that you have both unwound and played after such a long trip it would be good to have some close time together, it’s time to get out the brush and comb set now. Take some time to brush your Lhasa Apso. Taking a vacation in a big city is often very dirty, the grime and pollution are everywhere and can have disastrous results for our Lhasa Apso’s with their long coats. Now you have brushed its now time for a wash with that shampoo you brought along.

One thing we never want to happen is to have to go to the vets whilst on vacation, be sure you have brought with you your dog’s medical records if there is an unseen urgency the vet will know all the health history of your dog. And don’t forget to have his medication in his travel kit.

As most countries now have strict regulations for our canine friends when we are out walking in public places, don’t forget to pack the poo sacks into his organizer.

This is probably obvious but make sure your phone number is included on his collar, along with other important information,  I would not put my dogs’ name on their collar, contrary to what others say. Bad-intentioned citizens might call your dog and entice him away and steal him. If the worse scenario happens and you misplace your Lhasa Apso people will be able to quickly call and get in touch with you.

At the end of your first busy day what better than to curl up in your bed for a good night’s sleep. Hopefully, you had space to bring with you your dog’s bed and his blanket so he can enjoy a good night’s sleep before a new day of adventure in the new surrounding’s.

Security In The Car

Where I live (France) it is legal that for every person in the car they must wear seatbelts front and rear, a big fine will be given if you are caught, when traveling in your car you are belted up along with your partner and if you have children so are they. Your dog is not a person so how does the law stand where you live? Maybe it is not applicable to your area. My advice is always secure your pet in the car always!

Apart from your Lhasa getting hurt in an accident, he will distract you if he is allowed to wander freely which could also hinder your driving concentration, with the chance’s of you having an accident much greater. A 10lbs dog’s velocity in an accident can be terrifying, 10lbs of dog unrestrained in a collision at 30mph becomes a flying object of 500lbs.!! My Lucky weighs in at around 15lbs so he will be a flying 750lbs object that can cause serious injury to any occupants. I make sure he is always restrained with a proper harness for cars in the rear.

The dog harness is fixed to the vehicles existing seat belt system and provides the best restraining option. Other options include using a barrier like this on Amazon that keeps your pet in the rear area but this option will not prevent your little love flying through the air in the case of an accident. Some people with bigger dogs will use crates to restrain their dogs in whilst traveling if you opt for this idea make sure that it is firmly attached to the fixations in the car floor area.

It is tempting to let our dog sit in the front passenger seat on a quick trip downtown, apart from this being illegal in most countries you are not showing love to your Lhasa. Beside’s the distraction he may cause you and becoming an eventual flying object in the case of an accident, have you thought about the airbag if it deploys? If you have no alternative make sure the airbag is deactivated and you restrain your Lhasa, the safest place is always in the rear seat where possible.

Have you seen those folks that drive with a dog on their laps? This is not only illegal in many states in the USA but increases your chance of having an accident. All the points mentioned above on security are multiplied in this situation, please never drive with your dog sitting on your lap.

When traveling by car be careful not to open the windows too much that a dog could get their head out. There is the danger that airborne rubbish could enter the nose, eyes, and mouth, making a visit to the vet obligatory. If I had a pick up I would not let my Lhasa ride in the flatbed, just too dangerous, keep them upfront with you securely attached. Maybe a sleep pod would do for keeping your pet safe.

Where I live the summer gets very hot. When you go shopping never leave your Lhasa Apso in the car even with the windows open a little its deadly for them. A new law has been passed here in France, if I am anywhere and see a dog in a car on a hot day, I must call the police first and notify them what I am about to do, and then I have the right to break the window and save the animal.

Feeding before a trip

Never go on a long voyage with a dog that has not fasted for 4/6 hours beforehand, if their tummy or bladder is full it is asking for problems soon into the journey. So what is best then? Firstly walk your pet so he can empty his bladder before the journey starts, take some drinking water to keep your pet hydrated. Personally knowing my Lhasa Lucky he does not eat at all even on a nine-hour trip. You know your pets’ habits so if he/she needs to eat on the trip take with you some dry food, no smell, and easy to clean up on the move.

Rest stop security

Once the first hour or two have passed it is now a good time for that first pee pee stop for you and your dog, time to smell everything in sight and stretch those little legs. Use this time to play and run around to tire them out, they will sleep longer on the next portion with some luck. These stops should always be on a leash as new smells and sights might entice them to run off, how sad you will be as you see their rear end disappearing into the woods after a Bugs Bunny. Being a responsible owner of a Lhasa Apso you will have had your dog microchipped by the vet, if not the minimum is to have your pet tattooed. these two securities are almost obligatory everywhere nowadays and assist in finding a lost dog and reuniting them back with their owner.

These microchips are embedded under the skin, a simple two-minute job done by your vet. If someone finds your dog and they take it to any vet they scan the chip and retrieve your information and reunite you. This collar with your phone number is the best security you can provide.

Medical records

Inside your travel kit, you need to have all the medical details of your dog. Proof of rabies vaccinations will be required as standard. Also, include your regular vet’s phone number. Traveling across frontiers may require travel permits, and health certificate from your vet, so check before leaving. Try and find the nearest vet close to your hotel or wherever you are staying in the case you need to find one urgently cutting down the search time.


If your dog is under medication check that you have enough stock to last a little longer than the duration of your trip. Events could happen out of your control that retards the return journey by a few days. Take some car sickness tablets if your Lhasa is not easy in cars, you can get these from your vet’s pharmacy. Now you are going to need to keep all this stuff organized and I suggest that you keep all your dog papers together in one.

Train Journeys

Taking your Lhasa Apso on a long train journey is somewhat different to traveling by car. What is the first thing that comes to mind? Once aboard you do not get the chance for a pee-pee! Really make for certain that your pet has completely emptied his/her bladder. Keep in mind that you will not be allowed to let your dog roam freely, for the duration of the trip they must be kept on a leash unless you have decided to use a travel carrier for this purpose. Even being on a leash does not give them permission to sit on a train seat, be careful as you will get a fine/charge.

When you start to get hungry what can you do for your Lhasa as no dogs are allowed into the restaurant car! Prepare some dry food or a bone to help stave off their hunger, this does not smell and will not cause a mess if it gets spilled. Be careful of not giving to much water, you do not want their bladder to become so full they have an accident.

Different regulations do apply in different countries so call you countries railways to see what rules they apply on dogs traveling with you on their network. Amtrak is starting to change their conditions for dogs traveling on their rail network. Your pet is now classed as a passenger, at the moment this is applicable on only a few lines as an experimental program, but it is a move in the right direction for those wishing to travel by land and not air.

Traveling by Plane

By far the quickest way to travel is by plane but it does have its inconveniences flying with your Lhasa. The Lhasa is a small breed so this makes air travel easier. Firstly have your dog accustomed to being inside an airline-approved travel carrier like those on the product page above. Find one that is the right size for a Lhasa and that they are comfortable. A guide to the size’s given by most airlines is 16 to 19 inches long and 10 inches high. This allows travel under the seat in front of you, check on the size for you Lhasa that he/she will be at ease inside? if your dog is happy then you are set to fly.

Although shorter in time you might have chosen to go International and feeding time will be needed, again take along some dry biscuits or even a small bone to keep your dog happy, with the regulations on carrying liquids you will have to purchase onboard water that you could transfer into a spill-proof container to keep your dog hydrated. Why not take a couple of their favorite toys to help amuse them on the trip.

Call ahead and advise you airline that you will be traveling with a dog to find out if there are any extra charges to pay on top of your tickets, do not be surprised at the check-in with an extra bill you have not budgeted for. Be sure to have all the medical documents at hand and your dog passport if traveling internationally.

Once you have chosen the correct travel carrier I suggest you line the inside with an absorbent mat to help prevent the unforeseen accident. Your dog could be stressed to fly. I strongly advise you walk your Lhasa in the parking lot before entering the terminal to empty their bladder, have a poo sack on hand too. The added benefit to a long walk is they may sleep more during the flight.

Once onboard check the air conditioning if it is from the floor or from above, because the first may cause your pet to get a cold laying in a flow of cold air. Keep your dog warm in a blanket if you feel the cold air by your feet. Sometimes it might be necessary to use a sedative if your Lhasa is too nervous but only as a last resort. if you are really unsure if your dog can support air travel then the only alternative is to find a nanny and let them stay back home for their holiday.


Related Questions

Is it bad for dogs to fly on planes?

It is safe for most dogs to fly, although the Lhasa Apso has a short mussel they are ok on flights, other shorter-nosed dogs can suffer badly on flights and it is advised they do not travel by this means, it can sometimes lead in death because of bad breathing problems. dogs in this category are Pugs, Boxers, chow chow, and bulldogs. Some airlines refuse to transport these breeds.

Can I bring dog treats on a plane

This is acceptable if you follow the rules of the TSA (transportation security authority) you can bring wet food of 3.4oz/100ml this amount is allowed to carry on. The quantity of dry food is not stated and is allowed to carry on, the correct amount depends on the appetite of your Lhasa.

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