Everybody knows that the dog is man’s best friend. So it sucks when you have to head off to work and leave your trusted companion behind.
And how about when you decide to treat yourself to an extended vacation and have to part ways with your best friend for days, or even weeks?… It’s heart-breaking!
But if there’s one thing guaranteed to improve your travel experience, it’s traveling with friends. So the next time you fly, instead of leaving your dog behind, why not bring him along for the fun?
With that in mind, here are five top tips for traveling with your dog…
Choose dog-friendly accommodation
When you’re travelling with a dog, a pokey hostel won’t cut it — you’ll need an accommodation with plenty of space for your canine to run around and have fun. A more spacious Airbnb holiday apartment is therefore a better option, and all you have to do is make sure your host accepts pets. Many accommodation providers do accommodate for dogs (often for a extra fee), but you do need to confirm this before you book.
We’ve all experienced that moment of terror when, after turning away for a few seconds, your dog is nowhere to be seen. In a new and unfamiliar location, there’s probably even more chance of your dog going astray. Microchipping your dog ensures that you have the best chance of finding them quickly and easily — it’s a painless procedure where a tiny tracking chip is inserted under your dog’s skin. (Please note that DogPerDay does not endorse Microchipping.)
Traveling with your dog means a lot of walking around while exploring your destination. This is why it’s worth downloading the AllTrails app — it has over 1,000 walking trail destinations across the world. You can even filter by dog-friendliness, which makes it a must-have for dog owners. You can find out more about All Trails on the official app website.
Drive to the airport
Travelling by public transport (to the airport) with a dog is just asking for trouble. In a cosy dog bed in the back of your car, secured by a canine seatbelt, your dog will feel more comfortable and calm, and you will too. And if you’re worried about expensive airport parking draining your bank balance, you can use Looking4.com to find airport parking for San Francisco, Seattle or any other major US hub of your choice.
Know your dog
Not all dogs are made for flying, so before you consider taking your dog with you, ask yourself, “Is your dog particularly anxious or easily stressed?” If so, traveling with them might not be the best idea. You should also think about your dog’s triggers too. For example, is she likely to get overwhelmed by crowds? Once you’ve considered these issues, make an informed decision as to whether travelling with your dog is the right thing to do.
Follow these five tip-top tips will help you to plan a dog-friendly and fun-filled getaway for you and your pet.
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