It is time for a vacation! You have in your mind your destination for the perfect trip. You have a picture in your brain of warm, sandy beaches, the sun shining down on you, sipping on an ice-cold lemonade. Read about the best travel destinations on Eleventy Traveler Blog.
But wait a minute. What about your dear old friend. He is man’s best friend. He is always there to greet you at the door when you come home from work, his tail wagging. You cannot leave him behind. Back up, change of plans. A dog friendly vacation is a must!
Where can you go where animals are welcome, dogs in particular? You want to have a great time and relax, but taking your dog along will require a little extra planning. Your little furry friend is worth it though. Did you know that there are hotels, activities, and even restaurants that will allow your dog to be counted as one of the family? Taking along your dog does not have to be a nuisance with a little knowledge behind you.
Taking your dog along on vacation is not that uncommon. Many people refuse to part ways with their little buddy while they go away for a little trip. A dog friendly vacation is not that difficult to figure out.
If you are going away in your family car and taking your dog along make sure that you stop and take a break from driving every few hours or so. Your dog needs to stretch his (or her) legs and just maybe take a doggy call of duty and relieve himself. Bring plenty of food and water, especially water, as your dog will probably get extra thirsty, especially if it is hot outside. If you are traveling by air, be sure and check with your airlines to check on the requirements of traveling with your pet. A dog friendly vacation just may trigger a visit to the vet before you go so make sure and do this well in advance of your trip.
Once you have taken care of the above, check on hotels that you will be staying at or whatever other lodging that your vacation may entail, such as beach rentals or campgrounds. Find out which area restaurants and activities/events will allow your dog to participate with you. While you are away from home, your pet may require the use of a crate if staying behind in the hotel without you. You may need to slip away for dinner and have to leave him for a little bit when he is not allowed to be with you.
Make sure that Fido has some of his favorite toys when traveling and his cuddly blanket. This will make him feel more comfortable on your dog friendly vacation. Expect him to be a little nervous at times while on vacation. After all, this is a big adjustment for him with all of the new sights, the new sounds, and the new smells.
Traveling with your pet can require a few additional extra steps, but having him along is worth it. After all, it would not be a vacation without him.