When you bring your dog with you on your travels, you may face certain difficulties. If you’re not properly prepared, you might wind up getting into a mishap, such as losing reservations. Thankfully, by taking the right steps, you and your furry friend can have a fabulous time together.
Plan Your Excursion
While there is always the option for a road trip, going by car for hours or days can be rough on a pet. They need frequent breaks to stretch and relieve themselves. If your intended destination is several hundred miles away or more, it may be better to think of alternatives. You can travel by plane, which is an especially good choice for small dogs, as they can fly in the cabin with you. All you need is a suitable carrier and an airline that is pet-friendly and safe. A newer option is to travel by train, though you’ll need your furry friend’s health records and a carrier that fits in your lap. It may not be as quick as plane travel, but a train ride can be a pleasant means of transportation.
Know Your Destination
Different pets will have various requirements. Some cities across the country have bans on certain breeds, so do your research before you book a trip. Thankfully, there are many towns with less hostile laws regarding larger breeds. Look for destinations that have ample dog parks, low pet deposits, and plenty of pup-friendly cafes.
In the past, one of the more difficult aspects of traveling with an animal companion was finding pet-friendly accommodations. Luckily, a growing number of hotels have caught on to how important our furry friends are and how responsible pet owners can be when it comes to cleaning up. Thankfully, there are plenty of online tools you can use to find the perfect hotel, from dedicated search engines to lists of pet-friendly hotel chains. In fact, these resources not only show hotels that welcome dogs, but they also list the ones that accept your dog’s breed in the area of your selection.
Enjoy the Parks
No matter where you end up, your pup will need to exercise. Going to a dog park is a fun way to ensure that they still get to romp around and socialize while you’re vacationing. Of course, you’ll need to see to their safety before you go. Research the parks ahead of time, and be certain your dog is up to date on their vaccinations to prevent disease and parasites. Make sure your pup’s collar contains an ID tag, and ensure it’s been updated if necessary. Look after your dog closely, and always clean up after them at the park.
There are lots of things for you both to explore in a new area, so get going! Aside from dog parks, check out any local pet-friendly cafes. If the weather is good, you could rent a bike and go for a light ride downtown, or take your dog pup-surfing. After all, what dog doesn’t love swimming? If your pup prefers the water from a distance, take a boat ride together, or walk along the shoreline. You may even be able to find a “doga,” or dog yoga, class that you can enjoy together. This is a new place, so add some new experiences you two will love.
There are many wonderful places you and your dog can explore. With the right planning and preparation, you can ensure you both have fun and stay safe. Traveling with your pet can be an adventure, one that you will remember for years to come.
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