8 Sizzling Summer Dog Travel Tips From The Experts

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Summer is in full swing, and there’s no better time for a family vacation – including the furry members. More people than ever are reportedly planning pet friendly vacations, and your dog doesn’t want to be left out! Though it may take a little more preparation to make the arrangements, bringing your pet along for the fun is definitely worth the effort. Here are a few dog travel tips to get your trip off on the right paw…

Buckle ’em up! Pets are part of the family and their safety is equally important. That’s why it’s so important to buckle them up. Whether you prefer a seat belt harness or a secured pet carrier, protect yourself and your pet from serious injuries every time you get in the car.

Support Pet Friendly Businesses: Owners of pet friendly establishments have gone out of their way to welcome our pets and it’s important to show our appreciation by spending our dollars with them. Whether it’s a hotel, restaurant, or other business, choose the pet friendly option – when your pet is with you, and even when he’s not.

Under-Estimate What You Can Do: Everything seems to take a little more time when you’re traveling with a pet – and that’s a good thing! It helps you remember to slow down and “sniff the roses.” But, when figuring the distance you can travel or the activities you can knock out in a day, be conservative in your estimates. A good rule is to make a plan … and then eliminate half. If you accomplish more than that, it’s a bonus.

Obey Leash Laws: It may be hard to imagine, but there are people (and other pets) out there who prefer not to have our furry loved ones foisted upon them. Whether your dog has the perfect recall or not is irrelevant, if the sign says leash him – snap it on. It shows your respect for everyone else.

Be Prepared: Having your pet’s veterinary records with you could be critical in the event of an emergency. Rather than lugging around a large file, pack a paper copy of their current vaccination record and scan the rest of the information onto an easy-to-pack USB drive.

Pick It Up: We’ve all experienced it, and nothing spoils a day faster than stepping in poo. Abandoning your pet’s waste reflects poorly on all pet owners and is the primary reason that parks and other locations chose not to allow dogs. Always carry plastic bags with you and find an appropriate receptacle to dispose of it.

Sniff Out Fun: GoPetFriendly.com has listings for all kinds of pet friendly activities … from hotels and campgrounds, to dog parks and beaches, even restaurants and wineries! You can also fetch the locals’ perspective by reaching out on Twitter or other social media sites. With a little digging, there’ll be no shortage of entertaining options for all to enjoy.

Stay Flexible: When you’re traveling, unexpected things will happen. Weather is often the culprit, but other obstacles pop up as well. On a trip to Boston, we ran into crowds of people enjoying a festival. Walking our dogs amid the throngs was stressful for us all, and we decided it was better to scrap our plan and see a different part of the city that day. Anticipating speed bumps allows you to maneuver around them with ease – either by rearranging your schedule or recognizing that some activities might have to wait for your next visit.