Travel with Service Dogs

Psychiatric Service Dog In Training

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Stephen Wechselblatt, Founder & CEO at i-can-travel offer the following reflection on service animals and travel:

Traveling with a service dog is a tricky subject for me to write about since the closest Marlene and I got to working with a service dog was a one-day orientation. We didn't get the dog because Marlene already had a service animal (otherwise known as a husband).  It was particularly unfortunate because Marlene fell in love with the dog, a black lab named Ishmael. For someone like Marlene, who has admitted she can't teach a flea to jump on a dog, it was revelation to see how much Ishmael could do to help.

However, this is an important - and tricky -matter for many disabled travelers. Some countries won't let in any foreign dogs or have long quarantine requirements. Others require special identification tags, vaccinations or health certificates.  Certain airlines won't fly dogs to particular destinations, and some airports in a given country won't allow dogs in while others will!  So, be careful to check on possible restrictions with the embassy or consulate of each country you will visit.  (Note: This and other country information may be found on each country's Country Specific Information at http://travel.state.gov).

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