Wishing Star Concierge, LLC, has helped Service Dog Handlers with their travel plans since 2019. Our agency owner, Melissa Moon is a service dog handler. She and her awesome standard poodle are often found on their own travel adventures together!
We can help you plan your trip and navigate travel with your service animal! Planning assistance is complimentary when you book your travel through the agency! If you have already booked your trip, we offer a consultation service for assisting you with your travel plans.
Cruising is a great way to travel with your service dog. We can assist you with booking your cruise, navigating import requirements for your ports of call, and submitting documentation to the cruise line. Planning services include helping you with excursions, preparing for your cruise, and knowing what to expect onboard!
We can help you with planning your flight with your service dog. From how to request accomodations, completing your forms, and helping you prepare for your airport and flight experience!
Let us assist your with booking your next theme park adventure! Our concierge service will help you book your accomodations and tickets. Then we can help you plan the best visit for you and your service dog!
For all clients booked through the agency, we offer complementary assistance in helping you navigate the import requirements for your travel destination and how to complete the required forms. Not booked with us? We offer a consultation service as well!
Check out our Facebook group, Service Dog Travel Info for inspiration and tips for your next trip. Our group is a place where handlers can network and discuss aspects of travel with their service dogs.
A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for someone with a disability. Including psychiatric and mental disabilities. A service animal is NOT an emotional support or comfort animal.
In the US, a task trained service dog does not require professional training. Owner trained service dogs can travel and have public access rights. Note that air travel is governed by the Air Carrier Access Act, and public access is governed by the American's With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Airlines and businesses are allowed to ans whether the animal is required because of a disability and what work or task the animal has been trained to perform. They cannot ask you to demonstrate a task of ask about the specifics of your disability.
Even the best trained service dogs can have an "off" day. Staff can ask a dog to leave or refuse boarding on airlines if the dog is being unruly or disruptive.
For flights you will need to complete the USDOT Service Animal Transportation Form. You will also need to complete any paperwork, health certificates, or requirements for you destination.
We highly recommend traveling with your current vaccine records, veterinary contact information, and microchip information.
Hawaii and Alaska have some specific requirements when coming from the Continental United States. International destinations have various import requirements and some require permits. You must be fully aware of the health and documentation requirements to enter your destination. Know the import requirements to bring your service dog to any domestic or international destination. Make sure that you get any health documentation or permits completed ahead of your travel plans.
You want to make sure that your pet is microchipped with a 15 digit microchip that meets ISO standards 11784/11785. Whether you are traveling or not, always make sure that your contact information is up to date with the pet microchip database. If your service dog does not have a 15 digit ISO chip, make sure to bring the appropriate chip scanner with you.
*note - some international destinations have breed restrictions. There are certain breeds that cannot be imported in to some countries, even if they are a service dog. Some locations ban dogs completely - even service dogs.
In the US, public access is allowed per the ADA. You will have the same public access as you do anywhere else for task trained service dogs. Service dogs in training may or may not have pubilc access depending on what state you are in.
International destinations may or may not have public access laws. Some countries required that you have a dog trained by and Assistance Dogs International Program and do not recognize any other training. Some only recognize certain types of service dogs - such as hearing or guide dogs. You will need to do some research on the public access laws for your destination.
When you travel, you are going to have most of the same items that you usually have on hand for your service dog.
You should pack enough food for your entire trip, unless you will be able to purchase your variety of food at your destination. Note that some international destinations have limits on what you can bring with you. Also make sure to bring any medicaitons that your service dog might need.
First aid kit - make a general first aid kit for dogs and keep it with you.
Shoes/paw protection are a must have. Especially if you will be working your dog somewhere that the pavement may be hot.
Portable water and food bowl.
Beds, Blankets, Toys, and things that you will need for your dog during the trip. You may want to consider bringing a backup collar/vest/leash, just in case something happens to the one you have.
Dog waste bags! You will be walking your dog during your trip. Make sure to have waste bags on hand to clean up.
Crate. A crate will give your dog a space of their own if needed.
Absolutely! We offer complementary assistance when you book your travel through the agency. You can also pay for assistance services if you are not booked with us! Email for more information!
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