Welcome to TravelPaws

Resources to help you travel with your Assistance Dog.

Image description: Seeing Eye Dog, Walter expertly stepping out on the job. Walter (a black Labrador) is in harness and looks sideways at the camera. His Handler, Nina is walking next to him holding the harness handle visible only by her red boots.

Welcome from Nina Smith:

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Nina says "Hi, I'm Nina, my Guide Dog Nixon and I would like to welcome you to TravelPaws"

What TravelPaws Offers

Handler travel information

Information on the travel process, rules for specific countries, and tips & checklists.

International Handler Community

Do you want to share travel stories and learn from other handlers across the world? Join our Community.

Travel Obligations and Tips

You don't have to compromise your independence, safety, security or mobility when you travel.

Leaving your Assistance Dog behind is like leaving your eyes, legs, ears, safety or security behind.
You should not be forced to leave your dog behind because the process is too hard.

Countries have different requirements, processes and exemptions for entering and leaving with an Assistance Dog.

Start with Introduction to Travel Rules

then browse

Travel Impacts for current topics that may impact your trip.

Find out the Travel Rules for countries on your trip.

Follow steps & tips and keep on track whether for international or domestic travel.

Image description: Guide Dog Nixon relaxing but always watching. Nixon, a palomino coloured Labrador, is lying on a lawn in harness with his head up, attentively watching

The TravelPaws Community

If you are a Handler of any Assistance Dog - a guide / seeing eye dog, hearing dog or medical alert/PTSD/mobility/autism assist or other service dog, we welcome your input.

TravelPaws Facebook Group

Exchange travel facts & experiences with other Assistance Dog Handlers in the TravelPaws Facebook group.

Talk to TravelPaws

Share your stories of all your travelling journeys, roadblocks you face & the joys and memories you hold for your Assistance Dogs.

The TravelPaws Goal

We want Handlers to have the opportunity to TRAVEL WITHOUT BARRIERS.

TravelPaws is transforming the travel experience with your Assistance Dog by:

  • encouraging you to consider the possibilities of travel
  • connecting you with other Handlers to share experiences
  • unravelling the complex maze of official travel requirements
  • developing informative in-house resources
  • presenting all information in a digestible format
  • advocating to eliminate barriers & enable urgent travel
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Guide Dog Nixon staring into the camera with his head slightly cocked to one side anticipating his next adventure

Dedications

I would like to shout out a huge thank-you to my beautiful first Seeing Eye Dog, Walter and my dear Guide Dog, Nixon both of whom, in different ways, helped me find my passion to travel again.

Nina Smith
Founder & Director, TravelPaws.

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TravelPaws Founder & Director Nina Smith looking happy and proud of her first Seeing Eye Dog, Walter in harness.
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TravelPaws Founder & Director Nina Smith, and current Guide Dog, Nixon sharing a hug!

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