Fur Friday: How bringing your dog along for the trip can help you stay fit!

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.
Pick a Vacation: Vacationing with your pet can range from run-of-the-mill to extravagant. 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.

Prepare 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.

Scout Out Dog-Friendly Places: 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!

Bring a Travel Cleaning Kit: If you're traveling by plane, you may need a more comprehensive travel kit. At the least, bring some travel-sized cleaning items. This is especially important if you're staying in a hotel and your dog accidentally makes a mess. Bring plenty of 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 journey.

Improve Your Fitness: Working out while on the move can be difficult. However, there are many ways in which 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 hard work in a new environment. With the right planning, you can be sure to have a safe, enjoyable time.

MARCH, 01 / 2019

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