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    Driving with your dog through Canada

    Hi Everyone,

    I will be driving with my dog from NY to MI through Canada. Besides providing proof of vaccinations, what else do I need to be aware of to drive with my dog through Canada without any issues?

    I would hate to be refused at the border or worse have my dog quarantined before entering the U.S. again!

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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    Rabies has to be up to date, and given a minimum of 30 days prior to crossing the border. Have a certificate for that. Also doesn't hurt to have a vet signed health certificate.


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    Thank you CoverTune. I will look into the signed health certificate.

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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    You might have to pay duties or taxes when you cross the border... Not 100% sure though.
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    I use to cross the border all the time with my dogs, at that time (last time was about 3 yrs ago), we needed proof of Rabies. I also had a copy of my registration papers to prove ownership or if your dog isn't reg'd something to prove it. If you feed raw food, you can't cross with it either.

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    Actually any opened bags of food at all. I couldnt send any across to the US with my pups. Definately will need rabies vaccine atleast 30 days and depending on your breed of dog (or even what it looks like it could be) becareful if you're going into Ontario


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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by Wimble Woof View Post
    Actually any opened bags of food at all.
    That wasn't my experience this past summer going from Montreal to Maine (and back again). We had an opened bag of dog food with us - no problems/questions asked.

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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki Love View Post
    That wasn't my experience this past summer going from Montreal to Maine (and back again). We had an opened bag of dog food with us - no problems/questions asked.
    Weird, but I hate talking to customs, I got several different answers to the same questions when I would call to see what was needed.
    I just sent enough for one feeding in a ziploc and an unopened bag taped to the top of the crate when I flew pups out this spring/summer


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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    Actually any opened bags of food at all. I couldnt send any across to the US with my pups. Definately will need rabies vaccine atleast 30 days and depending on your breed of dog (or even what it looks like it could be) becareful if you're going into Ontario
    Actually, I know a lot of long distance truck drivers that have dogs with them and cross the border all the time. Open food bags have never been a problem.

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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    As someone pointed out, make sure your dog can't be mistaken by any stretch of the imagination as a Pit. If you have a dog who remotely LOOKS like a Pit, who has a squared head or brindle markings, and he barks at someone or something from your car, he's labeled a "dangerous dog" and can and will be taken away from you and destroyed. And don't mistake that to mean that your dog has to look like a Pit to an intelligent, educated person - just to an idiot who couldn't recognize a Pit if it kicked him in the face. Boxers, AmBulls, even a lot of Lab mixes.

    Honestly, if I were you, I'd take the long way around and avoid it. Ontario is no place for a dog to be.

    Source: Lived there for nine years.

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    id just "hide" the bag of food. No questions asked, so you wont need to answer them about the food.if anything id buy 2 small bags of it, just incase they do throw one away, although I have never heard this.
    Quote Originally Posted by TorachiKatashi View Post
    As someone pointed out, make sure your dog can't be mistaken by any stretch of the imagination as a Pit. If you have a dog who remotely LOOKS like a Pit, who has a squared head or brindle markings, and he barks at someone or something from your car, he's labeled a "dangerous dog" and can and will be taken away from you and destroyed. And don't mistake that to mean that your dog has to look like a Pit to an intelligent, educated person - just to an idiot who couldn't recognize a Pit if it kicked him in the face. Boxers, AmBulls, even a lot of Lab mixes.

    Honestly, if I were you, I'd take the long way around and avoid it. Ontario is no place for a dog to be.

    Source: Lived there for nine years.
    while that may be the case for bully breeds that look "pitish", Ontario is a beutiful province and a wonderful place to bring a dog. You can easily drive around with a pitbull or pitbull looking dog and not be bothered. I know many people with illegal pitties, and are just fine. Not sure how long you will stay in Ont. but lots of wonderful places to hike and camp that are very dog friendly.

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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by TorachiKatashi View Post
    Honestly, if I were you, I'd take the long way around and avoid it. Ontario is no place for a dog to be.

    Source: Lived there for nine years.
    What an odd comment.. I lived in Toronto with my dogs for two years and it was extremely dog-friendly, lots of off-leash parks etc. It was really lovely.


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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    The dog I will be taking from NY to MI (and back) is my 6 month old Black Russian Terrier. We will be going up to Toronto for the night and then to Detroit, so going around is not an option. I would figure it would be pretty easy to get though border control as long as your dog has proper vaccination records but I want to be positive before rolling up to border.

    Thank you everyone for your advice/experiences!

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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by beckalexis View Post
    The dog I will be taking from NY to MI (and back) is my 6 month old Black Russian Terrier. We will be going up to Toronto for the night and then to Detroit, so going around is not an option. I would figure it would be pretty easy to get though border control as long as your dog has proper vaccination records but I want to be positive before rolling up to border.

    Thank you everyone for your advice/experiences!
    We go back and forth across the border all the time.
    Just have your rabies certificate handy
    (we've never actually been asked for it,
    but have been asked if we had the document with us).

    We've also taken dog food and treats back and forth without issue.
    You shouldn't have any problems.

    Off topic, from whom did you end up getting your BRT?

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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    Ha Prntmkr, I swear you just google BRT all the time to find these threads...lol

    To the OP,
    Enjoy Ontario, it IS beautiful and pretty dog friendly (live in TO, 20 years)...
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    Re: Driving with your dog through Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
    Ha Prntmkr, I swear you just google BRT all the time to find these threads...lol...
    There are so few of us around!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
    To the OP,
    Enjoy Ontario, it IS beautiful and pretty dog friendly (live in TO, 20 years)...
    "Ditto."

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