Once upon a time, dog-friendly travel was only for service dogs and therapy dogs. But these days, dog-friendly destinations are many! It’s becoming easier to get your dog on a flight, and hotels have come to the party and many are offering a premium experience for your pup too.
If you’re planning on doing some traveling and want to take your dog along, it’s easier than ever! It will require some planning in advance, but it’s perfectly doable. You don’t even need to socially distance with your dog! What better way to spend your vacation than in good canine company?
Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on bringing your dog with you when traveling.
Choose Your Destination Carefully
It may sound obvious, but make sure your destination is dog-friendly! Not all places are. If you’re going to the trouble of making plans for your fluff to travel with you, you want him to be able to take part in activities. You don’t want to have to lock him in the hotel room while you go have fun.
Choose a destination that has pet-friendly accommodation, restaurants, and recreational activities. It’s as simple as a Google search!
Once you’ve found dog-friendly accommodation, make sure it can actually accommodate your dog. Some places only allow smaller dogs. If you have a Poodle, great. If your dog is a giant or large breed, like a Labrador, Great Dane or Cane Corso, you may have fewer accommodation options.
That said, there are definitely places out there that cater to dogs of the larger variety. Don’t get caught out here—make sure to pick accommodation that best suits both you and your pup.
Pack for Your Dog
To make your dog’s experience as comfortable as possible, you’ll need to pack their bed, blanket, dog food, treats and a chew toy. Some accommodations provide beds and bowls, but you’ll need to check beforehand.
Make sure your dog has all she needs to be comfortable. If you anticipate having to go out without your dog for a few hours, taking a crate may be a good idea.
Don’t forget shampoo. You don’t want your dog to roll in something and you’re stuck with a smelly dog for the whole trip!
If you know you’re going to be hiking, you’ll probably pack hiking boots. If you know you may feel seasick, you’ll take anti-nausea medication. But don’t forget to do the same for your dog!
Put together a doggy first aid kit in case your fluff cuts themself, twists a paw, gets stung by a bee or has digestive issues. If you’re hiking, protect your pup’s paws by investing in dog booties.
Double check local laws, be respectful of other people and keep your dog leashed! .
Make It Fun For Your Dog Too
Don’t just do what you want to do and drag your dog along. Be mindful of their enjoyment too! Try to find some dog activities your pooch would love, like a dog park or beach, or take some time to play frisbee or fetch.
Consider your dog’s temperament, too. If your pup is afraid of being in the water, don’t try kayaking with them, for example. Stick to dry land!
Traveling alone can be lonely. Taking your dog with you on your travels can add a new element of fun and love to your trip. Just make sure to prepare properly and follow the rules and regulations of your destination country and city.
Even if you’re traveling as a family, bringing your dog along means the whole family can be together and make new, happy memories. Happy traveling!