The Do's and Don'ts of Pet-friendly Travel
For animal lovers, taking their fur child with them on vacation can be a dream come true. Sure, there's a little more work involved, but when your dog is your best friend, or like your own child, it's well worth the effort. With that in mind, we've compiled a few do's and dont's for those who are packing up the chew toys and making pet-friendly condo reservations.
The Do's of Pet-friendly Travel
- Research the area you'll be visiting. Make a list of pet-friendly attractions and dog-loving restaurants before you put the car in drive. Be sure to call and confirm they are, in fact, open for four-legged fur kids.
- Make reservations in an owner-managed pet-friendly vacation rental. A lot of peace of mind comes from being able to communicate directly with the owner of a vacation rental.
- Bring a few new toys to keep Fido busy during downtime in your dog-friendly condo.
- Bring bottled water and a small bowl for water breaks when you're on the road.
- Ensure your dog is up to date on shots and vaccinations.
- Bring plastic bags along for "bathroom" breaks.
The Don'ts of Pet-friendly Travel
- If your dog gets nervous or defensive in crowded places, avoid peak times at restaurants and attractions. Your vet may also be able to prescribe anxiety medication, if needed.
- Try not to stray too far from routine. While some dogs can go with the flow, others need to stick with routine.
- Don't break the rules. We probably don't need to say this, but remember to stay courteous to other travelers. Not everyone is interested in a pet-friendly vacation. We know that's crazy, right? But, adhering to rules and guidelines keeps everyone happy.
- Don't forget a short leash. If you'll be exploring walking trails, many require a six-foot leash or shorter.
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