Happy Friday Folks! We’ve got a guest post today by Jessica Brody
Traveling is made better when we bring our dogs along for the journey. They keep us active, no matter where we are. However, it takes a deal of prep to make sure you and Spot are both ready. Here’s all you need to know before going on your next voyage with your pup.
Vacationing with your pet can range from
run-of-the-mill toextravagant. An active pup could go
dog-sledding in Alaska. They could also be taken on truffle hunts in Oregon or
to a dog-friendly camp to spend quality time together. A road trip to Texas
could be fun, especially if your destination is Austin, which is considered the
most dog-friendly city in the country. There are even festivals devoted to dogs and their
owners. If you’re looking for something beachy, try surfing with your pup. Your
next trip can be as creative and active as you are.
for New Parks
Almost every city has a dog park these days. However, when visiting a new area, it’s best to prepare your dog to avoid an incident. Be sure your ID tags are up to date and that you’ve microchipped Spot. Also, have you vaccinated your dog recently? If not, do so before you leave. Stop by your vet’s to stock up on parasite prevention products. It’s also helpful (and important) to read up on how to stop a dog fight as well. You should never get between two dogs; instead, do your best to distract them. There is the potential for serious injuries, and any incident could leave you unable to take care of your dog. Stay safe and be prepared.
You need to check in advance whether the
lodging you are considering allows pets. Nothing is worse than turning up to
your hotel after a long day of travel to find your dog isn’t allowed inside.
It’s also wise to ensure that your destination of choice has options around
town for pups as well as people. Plenty of establishments these days allow for
dogs to sit out on the patio, but some are beginning to offer nibbles for dogs
as well as their owners. Make a list of places available for you and your pet,
and get some exercise by walking to them from your hotel. It’s a fun way to
really see the city and stretch your legs at the same time.
Travel Cleaning Kit
If you’re traveling by plane, you may need a
more comprehensive travel kit. At the least, bring some cleaning items. This is
especially important if you’re staying in a hotel and your dog accidentally
makes a mess. Bring doggie waste bags, some wet wipes, and paper towels. If you
have space, add an enzyme-targeting cleaner to remove smells from hotel carpets
and car seats. It doesn’t take much to be ready for any mess during your
Working out while on the move can be
difficult. However, there are ways you can stay active even when on vacation.
If you’re near a beach, walking in the sand can work up a sweat. Play ball with
your dog, or go for a swim. If you’re near a national park, you can take your pup
on a refreshing hike. Should your hotel room be spacious, do some dog yoga. This works best with a
calm pup, so if yours has too much energy to sit still for long, think of
something more physical. Once you get familiar with the area, go for runs
together. Take a trip kayaking and see the wonder on your dog’s face as they
encounter something completely new.
Staying active with your dog is always fun,
but sometimes it can be work in a new environment. With the right planning, you
can be sure to have a safe, enjoyable time. You never again have to leave your
pup alone while you see the world.