Planning a vacation with your dog requires a little bit more planning than the normal family trip. While not all vacations are dog-friendly, trips that revolve around the great outdoors may seem a bit lackluster if your dog is your normal hiking or beach companion. Fortunately, there are ways to have an enjoyable trip and bring along your best friend, as these tips will show you.
Tip #1: Opt for a Private Rental
Renting a cabin or beach house for your vacation is a much better idea than going to a hotel. First, you will have more privacy. Since you won't be sharing walls with a neighbor or staying above someone else, you won't have to be as worried about the noise your dog makes. Call ahead to find rentals that allow for privacy and allow pets, but be prepared to put down an extra pet deposit. It's even better if you can find a rental with a small fenced in yard so your dog can have some outdoor time if you need to leave them alone.
Tip #2: Verify the Dog-Friendliness of the Area
Outdoor destinations aren't always pet friendly. Make sure the trails or beaches you are planning to visit allow dogs, and make sure you know all the rules. Many locations require leashes at all times, both for the safety of others and your dog's safety. For example, when hiking in mountain lion territory, a dog running off leash and ahead of their owners may look like an easy meal to a big cat, so it is in everyone's best interest (except for the lion) to keep your dog on a leash.
Tip #3: Ask About Local Services
Although you may want your pup with you for most of your trip, what happens if you want to take any side visits to a less pet-friendly location – for example, a day spa? Find out if there are any daycare services nearby for your dog. If not, ask the rental owners for referrals to a trusted dog walker or pet sitter in the area. They can likely hook you up with someone they trust to enter their rental units to care for pets. Other services you should also be aware of in case they are needed are local vets, pet stores, and groomers. This way if you have an emergency or need some supplies, you won't waste valuable vacation time looking for them.
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