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Traveling With Your Pet – Celebrate National Dog Day With These Tips

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Traveling With Your Pet – Celebrate National Dog Day With These Tips

To celebrate National Dog Day on August 26, use these tips to make traveling with your pet easier and safer. Taking your fur baby with you while vacationing or even doing a little business traveling with you isn’t just a trend, it’s a way of life for some. According to the American Pet Products Association, about 39 percent of dog owners take their animal family members with them. Our pets are like family, and the travel industry is becoming more accommodating.

Hotel Pet Promotions

While it feels like some hotels are just now getting the memo that family-friendly now means offering perks for pooches, others are ahead of the game. The Craddock Terry Hotel is a great example of pet-friendly accommodations. The hotel has its own mascot, so even if you don’t have your own dog, you can walk Buster Brown, a wire-haired fox terrier who can act as your canine companion. Other hotels offer special treats, toys, and even services for your furry family member. Check your choice hotel’s website or call the specific location you plan to stay in for details and deals on their pet promotions.

Related: Travelling With Your Pet Dog To The UK – Everything You Need To Know!

On the Move

If you plan on using a kennel of any kind, start the process before your trip begins. Start familiarizing your pet with the crate at least a few days before you depart. Encourage them to sleep, eat, and even play inside the kennel will ease stress and be less of shock for your animal friend. Taking your pet in a spin around the block in the crate might also be a great dry-run for your trip.

Doggie Documentation Recon

Every hotel, airline, resort, and even restaurant has some kind of pet policy. Do a little doggie reconnaissance before you commit to any down payments or sign any agreements. Some places require documentation that show your pet is up to date on vaccinations. Others may demand a note from a certified professional for cases involving service dogs. Get the details on documentation well in advance to spare yourself headaches. Scout out dog-friendly restaurants by using sites like Yelp or BringFido to find places your pooch will be pampered.

Related: Pets on a Plane – Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

Make It Homey

Just like you’d bring your favorite pillow or your child’s favorite toy, bring some elements from home. Creature comforts will be a stress-saver for both you and your fur baby. Keep it simple and remember that packing for your pet should be minimal. A toy or pet bed with the smell of home will be comforting and reassuring should you and your pet experience time apart while on your trip.

How will you be celebrating National Dog Day? Do you have any stories or special tips for traveling with your pet? Please share your experiences and stories in the comment section below.

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19 Comments

  1. Sarah Bailey says

    These are some great tips – we are lucky Sal adores going in the car and going away on holiday, she gets so excited about it, even now at 16 when her holiday bag comes out she’s ready.

  2. Candy says

    Takes extra planning but traveling with pets can be great. Wonderful ideas

  3. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says

    These are all great tips. We have traveled with our pets, and without. I like to leave them at a local place, because they neither one like to sleep anywhere but home. 🙁 It has always made it very hard for us to actually travel.

  4. Mimi Green says

    I’ve seen plenty of pets in our travels. I see more service dogs on airplanes than ever. We had a pet growing up but they never traveled with us.

  5. Marcie W. says

    Excellent things to keep in mind. We typically use a wonderful boarding facility for our dog when we travel. I bring along his bed, toys and treats, but always feel bad when it comes time to leave him behind.

  6. vanessa palma says

    These are great tips. My favorite place to stay with our dogs is Red roof In. They don’t charge an extra pet fee, which helps a lot!

  7. Ruth I. says

    We haven’t tried traveling with pets before so this is great to know. Thank you for giving some great tips that we can consider.

  8. Liz Mays says

    These are helpful recommendations. I haven’t done any traveling with pets before but I’d make sure to research pet-friendly hotels beforehand.

  9. Jaime Nicole says

    The recon is always helpful. I always call ahead and ask what paperwork we will need and what amenities are available.

  10. Amy D says

    I have never traveled with my pets, but my oldest daughter has been begging us to bring our dog along on a vacation. She always notices pet friendly places and people with animals. We have a smart dog and he’s not a little puppy anymore so we might try to take him with us one day.

  11. Brandy says

    We celebrate our doggies everyday. They are super spoiled for sure and loved much. We don’t really travel far with them, but have taken them to the cabin about two hours away with us, they did rather well.

  12. Tomi C says

    I never heard of National Dog Day. With regards to traveling with our doggy. We usually board him unless we’re going camping and then he gets to join in on the fun.

  13. Debra says

    We don’t ever travel with our dog. We always pay someone to watch her, I wonder if we should try it!

  14. Chubskulit Rose says

    These are great tips. We always wonder how it would be to take our pets to one of our travels. We haven’t done that but I will keep all these things in mind.

  15. Victoria Heckstall says

    These are all great tip for traveling with your pets. We always wonder how we can bring the pet dog when we travel. and how we can take care of our dog in the long haul.

  16. Tina Butler says

    Great tips! We travel with our dogs but not far distances. We make frequent stops to go potty, get water and just to stretch out. If we go real far we usually board them but make sure to take their favorite beds and blankets so they feel safe.

  17. Nikka Shae says

    I’ve traveled with my dog in the past and our road trip was cut short. He wanted get out of the car at every stop.

  18. Anosa says

    I am glad that nowadays, traveling with your pets is more easier compared before. I guess we need to train our pets while they are young to be accustomed to traveling so it will not be hard for them to travel from time to time.

  19. Terri Beavers says

    Oh wow, I didn’t know some of this information. I’m traveling with my little dog this month and next. I need to go get documentation that he is up to date on his vaccinations.

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