Traveling with dog

There is very little understanding of "service dogs" here.  However we do take our dog with us to restaurants in town but not into stores, shops, offices, banks, government buildings and such. 

Bob K

The whole concept of emotional support animals is being challenged thanks to abuse....

Examples of abuse .... emotional support animals -
A peacock
A squirrel
A pig
A ferret
All were brought on to airplanes... and refused

This has made dog travel very difficult across the board
Why would an airline bother itself ?
Easier just to ban all animals.

Personally, I have been on a plane with a St Bernard
It had its own seat.
Service animal ??
It begged for food & attention from every passerby.....

They will make no allowances for your animal honey.  So expect you won't be allowed to take it into restaurants, or on public transportation etc etc. It is not recognized here.   

There is almost no support for wheelchair access in public places, sidewalks etc. In many ways we are way behind the times.

If you need your support animal to be widely accepted you may want to rethink this country.

The St Bernard incident introduced me to Kim Beddall.
I didn't know her before but we were watching the dog lady advance in  the line...
and saw no cage

I pointed out to Kim that the lady had 2 boarding passes...
Yup- dog on board in cabin with a water bowl

Slobbering St Bernard....


Thank you all for the information.

It means you will not find any level of support for this animal like you are used to there.

Can you take it to the beach, probably. Will they allow it in the store - some maybe others no.

There is NO special allowance for support animals! It's not recognized nor accepted here.

Interested in hearing about the airport process to travel with dog.
How does the dog fair in the process?  My first time flying dog is 10 years old, great health but not young.
Still looking but not many accommodations in the Playa Dorada area that allow dogs.

I´ve read some practical information on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service section of the United States Department of Agriculture website about the requirements to brings pet to the DR.

Hi Golfdogs,

We travelled with our 2 dogs, both 10 years old. They flew in cargo, not the cabin.  Neither one had flown before, neither one had been in a crate before.  We bought the crates 6 months ahead of time, assembled them without the doors, and slowly got them used to going inside them.  They would get their treats and food in the crates so they would associate them with good things.  Closer to flying time, about 2 weeks out, we installed the doors, and continued as before, but closing the door for longer periods.  I believe this did help, but at the airport, all bets are off.  So much commotion, so many people, I'm really glad they were in crates, in a place they felt comfortable, it was much easier than forcing them into a new crate and stressing them out more. We flew from Toronto to POP non-stop, a little over 4 hours in the air, and about 7 hours in the kennels from drop-off to when we got to our apartment, with a quick bathroom stop outside the airport in Puerto Plata.  It was our first time flying with dogs, and the hardest and longest part was checking in at Toronto.  Piece of cake on this end.  I would do it again for a permanent move, but not for a trip, at least not with a dog that had to fly cargo.  Not with these 2 dogs, anyways.  Both dogs came out perfectly fine, and have adjusted to their new country well.  No squirrels or chipmunks to chase here, so they are making due with the lizards, chickens, street dogs, and the occasional heard of goats roaming down the street.  I'm really glad we brought them for the move, but I'm glad we won't be flying with them any time soon.

Great info, very helpful!

All accurate Uncle Buck..
I got the VIP treatment at YYZ with a dog...but it's still a long crate run

You did it all right in the prep stages...the crate is safety/security when trained right
In cargo- crates go in ;last & out first....beat me to the carousel
$10US and you're in the DR

Like you I fly them no more - they stay here and now I buy them here
Just got 2 Boxer puppies from STI.. excellent dogs

At POP, it was easy to find our dogs.  They were the only ones on the flight, and we followed our hounds' howling.  I'm sure they were happy to get rid of him!

Awesome information.  Thanks so much!

We just flew in on Monday with our two dogs, both have never flown, and they did it in the cargo hold. Both did really well and the staff at Puerto Plata airport were helpful. They did say that the paperwork that we had for the dogs was only good for the 30 days.  Does anyone have any experience with that end of it? We plan on being here for quite a while, at least a year, how do we keep the dogs current? Thank you.

That's news to me... a followup test
Never heard of such a thing.

You need a retest/certification before you leave....
nothing in between

My dogs have stayed the winter on that program.
BoBo the Boxer flew frequently....from both MIA & YYZ

That's great. I may easily have misunderstood the guy. My Spanish is very rusty and his English was non-existent. Where do you go for retests and certifications?

Any veterinary clinic would do this

When you leave the DR on any trip to the US you will need a certificate from a local vet to show that the dog is free from Hookworm. I believe it has to be within a week of travel.

We like Dr. Bob his place is between Cabarete and Sosua. He is on Facebook.

Dr Bob is highly regarded on the north coast.

Caring & reasonable. My dog makes use of his services............... & I, of course, pay for it.  I say yes to DR. Bob.

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