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June 02, 2017

Summer Fun With Your Dog

Summer Fun With Your Dog

We LOVE going camping with our family!

Summer is the perfect time to explore the wilds. Pack the car and head to the mountains for a spontaneous camping adventure or take a cooler to the beach for some fun in the sun.

Wherever you decide to trek this summer, your dogs will most likely want to come along!

But before you decide to take them with you or leave them at home with a sitter, consider your options. 

Having Fluffy in the family pics is much more fun, and there are some great resources on-line to help you map out your destinations, based on pet-friendly accommodations, activities and hot spots, such as:

  • Fidose of Reality
  • The Jet Set Pets
  • Pawcurious
  • Dog Jaunt 
  • AAA PetBook
  • Go Pet-Friendly

You can find travel tips and more by exploring these and other sites on the web; however, the main thing to consider when deciding whether or not to take your furry friends with you on holiday is whether or not YOUR PETS will be happy and comfortable in their new surroundings.

If you plan to keep them locked away in a hotel room while you explore, they may be better off at home with a sitter or at a boarding facility where they will get regular exercise and attention.

Having your pups on vacation means they need to be actively involved, or it won’t be enjoyable for them and they will probably thank you for giving them a mini vacation of their own elsewhere.

On the other hand, if you are prepared to make some small changes to your itinerary to include them in the fun, they will lick your face off with joy!

Here are some pet tips to consider if you decide to pack their suitcases for a family adventure:

  • When hiking, keep your dog on a short leash and stay on the marked trails! (Rangers can ticket you in National Parks for allowing your dogs to run free. Your dogs are safer if they stay away from the wild animals lurking off the beaten path)
  • If camping, crate your pet at night to protect him/her from the elements and predators
  • When checking into a hotel, help your pups feel at home by bringing a few of their special items and toys from home
  • Keep them on a regular schedule and diet as much as possible, so they don’t experience tummy troubles – traveling can be stressful for them, so best stick to some of their normal routines
  • If flying, look into pet insurance and talk to your Vet about how best to make your pet comfortable and de-stressed for the long haul
  • Be sure to make a checklist of all medications and pack a doggie first aid kit just in case…
  • Even on day trips, dogs need to be hydrated, so pack bottles of water for you and your pets

There are so many pet-friendly places popping up all over the map these days, from restaurants, to hotels to water parks! Knowing your babies are happy and comfortable is the most important call you can make, so spend some time weighing up the pros and cons before making your final decision.

Fluffy and Fido will thank you!


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