As you plan for your next vacation, consider including the dog too. Not only will you have a great time, but your pet will bring an added layer of joy and adventure to your trip. Pet parents should plan ahead to accommodate four-legged guests. When you vacation with your dog, most pet-friendly places pamper pets and offer special amenities that make Fido feel right at home.
In the US, there are more than 13,000 hotels and restaurants from coast to coast that are pet-friendly. Pets are earning respect on the road, according to AAA travel experts. Keep in mind, how you and your companion behave on the road will directly affect the way future pet travelers will be treated. The surest way to enjoy a safe and happy vacation with your dog is to clean up after your pet and keep them under your control at all times.
Pick Where to Stay
Many hotels offer pet-friendly accommodations so choose wisely. For instance, a high rise hotel requires an elevator ride and a walk across the lobby to get outside which opens up the potential for interaction issues. For a carefree experience, it is easier with pets to stay in a rental house or cabin with a door to the outside. This option allows pet parents to take Fido for a quick walk without the hassle.
Tip: Just because the accommodations are pet-friendly, doesn’t always mean pets stay for free. Be sure to ask about pet fees.
Plan the Route
If you drive to your vacation destination, plan the route to allow frequent stops for your dog to go to the bathroom, eat and exercise. Remember, this is your vacation so make stops at landmarks, parks, and noteworthy places along the way. Don’t forget bags to clean up after your pet no matter where you are.
Tip: Do not feed pets in the car in order to prevent motion sickness.
Prep the Car
Make sure the vehicle is always well ventilated. It is always a good idea to crate pets to avoid any distraction to the driver. Pack the essentials like food and water for your dog. Bring along items they are familiar with, like a bed or a favorite toy. Keep your pet hydrated at all times, especially on hot days. And of course, never leave your pet unattended in a car.
Tip: Before the trip, take a few practice runs around the neighborhood to see how your dog behaves in the car.
First, always keep safety in mind when you look for activities for you and your dog. A vacation with your dog means you can play like a kid again. Take a hike, throw a ball or play in the water with your dog. As you do for yourself, always carry drinking water and essentials for your dog too. Respect nature and understand the importance of pet etiquette in public situations.
Tip: Take a photo of your pet along in case you become separated or microchip your pet for extra security measures.
Pets are family, so why not take them on your next vacation. A vacation with your dog relieves stress on the whole family. Watch your pet howl at the new experiences, sights, and smells you bestow upon them.
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