Contributed by Nick Burton of https://ourbestdoggo.com.
The key to any good vacation is planning, especially when you are bringing your barking buddy along with you. From packing the right gear to choosing a rental that makes Spot feel at home, there is a lot to get done before you’re on your way. Not taking care of the details can leave you without accommodations or, worse, paying for your lack of preparation with hefty cleaning fees and fines. Here are a few ways to circumvent canine chaos on your vacation.
Assemble the Essentials
Packing for a trip with the dog is a lot like packing for a vacation with toddlers. You need to bring along a blanket, food, and toys and a way to keep them close to you without having to carry them the entire way. The American Kennel Club further explains that you will need potty bags plus a carrier if you plan to travel by air. Make sure to also bring along water and food bowls, an extra leash, and any documentation you may need to prove ownership. Shot records and a certificate of health may also be necessary when you’re going across state or country lines. You should also consider bringing along a travel-friendly dog bed so your pet can sleep comfortably wherever you stay. The bed should be easy to assemble and easily fit in your luggage or car.
Skip the Hotel If You Can
While it is true that many hotels cater to canines and their two-legged companions, when it comes to having space in your rental, more is better. Hotels can be restrictive, and you also have to worry about barking in the hallway during a midnight bathroom break. Instead, opt for a private rental. Pet-friendly vacation rentals are available just about everywhere, and you can rent a property right near attractions and activities that welcome pets.
Be Prepared to Clean
Even in a rental that allows pets, you’ll want to make sure you are prepared to quickly respond to any accidents that may happen. Submissive urination is a good example of an issue that might arise, particularly if you have a dog that pees when they are excited. Hardwood and tile floors are fairly easy to clean, but carpet is a different story. First, soak up the excess urine with a white towel, standing on it to apply ample pressure. Coit’s spot removal guide suggests next apply a solution of vinegar and water to the urine-soaked area. Many pet-friendly rentals will have vinegar and spray bottles in the utility closet. Make sure to let management know there was an accident in case additional cleaning is required. Failure to report this or any other damage/accident may leave you paying hundreds of dollars in cleaning fees.
Know When the Road Is Wrong
As much as you want your dog with you, you can prevent many mishaps by simply knowing when you must travel alone. If your dog routinely gets carsick, that is a good sign that they may be best off with a pet sitter or staffed kennel. You will also want to consider their age and overall health. Nylabone asserts that most older dogs can travel safely, but it is in your best interest to discuss any concerns with your vet. Most importantly, be honest with yourself about your dog’s capabilities and whether you will be able to safely care for them during your planned activities. If you plan to whitewater raft or go mountain climbing, you should probably leave Max behind.
Traveling with your dog can be a rewarding experience if you are willing to put some work into it. Make sure your dog is healthy enough to travel, and confirm well in advance that you will be welcomed where you plan to lay your head. If you are unsure if traveling is right for your dog, talk to their veterinarian. A last word of wisdom: Make sure that they have their tags and collar and are microchipped in case they decide to have their own adventure.
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Note to reader: This is a guest article submitted by Nick Burton from Our Best Doggo at https://ourbestdoggo.com. We will occasionally publish guest articles on travel topics for our readers. If you would like to make a submission, please write to us at travel @ trouvailletravel dot org.
From Nick: Nick Burton is the co-creator of Our Best Doggo. Together with his wife, they are proud parents of three rescue dogs. After the passing of their 15-year-old lab/terrier mix dog, Willie, they decided to create this website to share all types of dog information and help people that are mourning the loss of a dog.