If you are a dog lover then you will know that they aren’t just pets, they are very much a part of the family. For some people who don’t have kids, their dogs are their kids! So, it only makes sense that you would want to include them on your summer vacation. Nice idea I know but how can you put it into practice without causing undue stress to you or your furry best friend?
Pet Friendly Hotels
One of the most obvious places to start is to look at pet friendly hotels and B&Bs around the area you want to visit on your vacation. You would be surprised at just how many actually do allow pets so it’s definitely worth doing some research. When it comes to choosing a pet friendly hotel it can be easy to focus on the needs of your dog first but don’t forget that this is your well-earned vacation time so make sure that you and your family are happy with it first and that it will allow you to have the trip that you want.
What Kind Of Trip Will It Be?
Think about what kind of vacation you want to have and then you can decide whether it’s suitable for your dog. When it comes to making this decision, you need to be unselfish and put the needs of the dog first. For example, if you are looking for a beach holiday or to sunbathe by the pool all day then it wouldn’t be a good idea to take your dog along. They will most likely be bored and far too warm. Equally, a sightseeing city break wouldn’t be suitable for them either.
There are lots of types of vacation that would be suitable to bring your dog alone to however. Hiking trips, staying in an RV, camping and staying in a lakeside cabin are all great opportunities to bring your dog along with you.
How Will You Get There?
This is probably the most important concern for anyone thinking about taking their dog on vacation with them. You may be thinking that the distance is the most important factor to consider but actually, it’s the mode of transport. For example, if you have to travel all the way across the country but you have a spacious RV that they will be comfortable in and are able to make regular stops for them to stretch their legs and do their business then the distance becomes less of an issue.
If you are travelling overseas then again, the means of transport is the biggest concern. A lot of airlines do allow dogs on their flights, but they will have to be checked in as cargo, so they won’t be allowed in the cabin area with you. Even though they are well looked after this is still a stressful experience for the dog and so travelling by ferry if possible is still the preferable option.
Give Them A Vacation Of Their Own
An alliterative to including your dog in your vacation is to give them their very own vacation. There are lots of 5-star kennels which are really more like pet hotels that will look after your pooch while you’re away. If you do your research and choose the right pet hotel you can rest assured that your dog will have the time of their life running around the spacious playing areas with other dogs and you will find that they will be exhausted by the time you return. Good pet hotels will know which types of dogs will play well together and which won’t, and they will take lots of pictures and videos and often upload them to Facebook each night so if you are pinning for them at least you can see that they are having a great time.
Whatever you decide to do it’s important to plan ahead just as you would do for a regular family vacation. If you are taking your dog out of the country, then they will require a passport (yes really!) and then there is their healthcare and vaccinations to think about, pets can take ill on vacation just like the rest of us. You will also need to find out if you can access their food while you are there or if you will need to take some with you.
There are lots of things to consider when taking your dog with you on vacation, not least if you should take them at all. So, do your research and remember to take the needs and wellbeing of the dog into consideration.
Author Bio: Stuart Cooke is from Uni Baggage. He is a dog lover, so he knows how important it is for pet owners to be comfortable that they are doing the right thing when taking their pets on vacation.