Traveling with Assistance Dogs

Traveling by plane with your assistance dog

Traveling with your assistance dog, that is a whole different chapter. In some countries you are not too welcome, in other places people don’t know better. Some airlines are very customer friendly, others are not.

Helma en Banios
Transavia – Helma and her dog with the entire crew during a flight in Europe

At the Airport

Traveling with assistance dogs is quite an adventure for you both to say the least. As you dog needs to adjust all the time, it is quite demanding. One of the basics is to get your dog to do his business, question is, how do you do that when you have a transfer at the airport? Or when you need to be 1 hour early at the gate and it is time to go?

At more and more airports you find dog toilets, great invention for those who need it!

How to explain your dog is not a pet but your 24/7 partner

Traveling with Assistance Dogs

For hotels or other holiday accommodation you have booked, we have created this sheet for all assistance dog owners.

It is very handy to have with you while traveling.

It is written for hotel management, however, every moment of awareness will contribute in a good way, right? Feel free to share this sheet:

How to welcome assistance dogs in your hotel 
(free download)

Assistance dog travel info tool in 15 languages

Traveling with Assistance Dogs

Explaining what an assistance dog is, and why your dog needs to be with you at all times, at any location, is quite hard when you are not really comfortable with the language people speak in the country you are visiting.

We have Travel Sheets for you, especially translated for ATO by native speakers, in the following languages:

 BrazilChineseDutch, FrenchGermanHebrewItalianIndonesian, JapanesePortuguese (Portugal, Azores islands), RomanianPolish,

(Spain & Baleares Islands, Central America,
South America), Thai and Vietnamese.

Assistance Dog organizations
around the world


Japan – Japan Assistance Dog Association



United Kingdom

In the UK assistance dogs associations have joined the coalition of assistance dogs organisations. A very clear explanation of the law is found on their website.

North America

United States

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA ( U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section) ADA information about service dogs.

Traveling with Assistance Dogs

ATO Ambassador Assistance Dogs

We are very proud that Helma Verhoeven, who created the foundation for the Dutch legislation on assistance dogs, is our Ambassador Assistance Dogs Worldwide.

She was rewarded for her ongoing and outstanding mission, that all assistance dogs should be welcomed everywhere, with a high official medal of honor, in the name of the King of the Netherlands, the ‘Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau’ decoration.

Read more about assistance dogs at the ATO Blog, save the date at April 24

ATO BLOG – Assistance Dogs

Traveling with Assistance Dogs
Assistance dog in supermarket

International Guide Dog Day – April 24

The ATO logo is designed with all living with a disability in mind.

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