Your life changes when you adopt or buy a dog — unfortunately for some, that means no more last-minute overnight trips or extended vacations. That is, unless you decide to take your pup with you on your journey.

Vacationing with your pet can be extremely rewarding for your dog, their health and the relationship between the two of you. However, your dog probably wouldn’t enjoy hanging at your hotel room while you relax at the spa or on the beach. Instead, you should keep in mind their needs for a vacation, as well — for most active dogs, that means lots of exercise and adventure.

If you’re planning a trip for you and your four-legged friend, consider these four destinations.

  1. Chattanooga, Tennessee

If you and your pup are true hikers, Chattanooga could be the best choice for your vacation. The North Chickamauga Creek Pocket Wilderness is a 10-mile trail with a creek that runs throughout it. You could also check out the Walnut Street Bridge at sunset or the quaint downtown area, which has restaurants with dog-friendly patios and delicious food.

  1. The Finger Lakes — New York state

Finger Lakes is made up of 11 freshwater lakes in upstate New York. In addition to hiking throughout Watkins Glen State Park, which consists of 19 waterfalls, you can take your dog with you to wineries such as Kings Garden, Red Tail Ridge and Fox Run. Several marinas in the area also allow you to have your pup with you on a leash.

  1. Austin, Texas

For lovers of warm weather and delicious food — which likely describe both you and your pup — Austin, Texas, makes a great vacation spot. In addition to walking tours and the 18 off-leash parks in the city, you can even bring your dog to yoga classes at Visit Austin Doga. Then, cool off at Red Bud Isle, an adorably fun dog-only swimming hole. Satiate both of your appetites after a long day of exercise at one of Austin’s many pet-friendly restaurants and food trucks, most of which have a specific menu for dogs.

  1. Portland, Oregon

This pacific northwestern city is the 12th most walkable in the country, making it an incredibly dog-friendly destination. More than 30 off-leash parks are scattered throughout town — that’s the most dog parks per capita in America! There are also tons of scenic trails through the forest you’re both sure to enjoy.

Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

No matter where you decide to go, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure you and your pup have a safe, healthy and fun trip:

  • Go see the vet before you leave. You don’t want to leave for a long vacation without making sure your dog is in good health. It’s also a good idea to find a vet office near your destination — just in case.
  • Bring all necessary supplies. Even if you don’t usually crate your dog, you never know how they’ll act away from home for a long time — plus, most hotels and airlines require you bring one. Remember, if you and your dog will be flying, make sure to place a “live animal” sticker on your dog’s crate. This way airline staff will know to handle with care. Bring vaccination information, and first aid material or medication, all their tags and a photo of your pup to be prepared for the worst.

  • Consider your pet during the booking process. Some hotels advertise themselves as dog-friendly, yet they have layouts or staircases that could make it difficult for your pooch to get around. Consider asking for a room on the first floor and near an exit so you can easily get out to take your dog to the bathroom or for a walk.

Your first trip with your pup is probably a bit scary and overwhelming. Take it one step at a time, choose a sensible destination and remember to follow these tips to make sure you and your best friend have the trip of a lifetime.

 

Bio:

Emily is an avid animal lover and pet and wildlife conservation blogger. She has also written for Continental Kennel Club and is a contributor to PetsBlogs. To read more of her articles, check out her blog, Conservation Folks, or follow her on Twitter.

| RSS feed for comments on this post

Comments are closed.