“More than half of U.S. pet owners take their cats and dogs with them when they travel,” according to a study by AAA and Best Western International. If you are considering traveling during Memorial Day weekend, we have some dog-friendly vacation tips for you!
1. Try to find a dog-friendly destination.
There are great places around the US but some are more suitable for pets than others. The Finger Lakes is a great pet-friendly place in upstate New York that has a lot of activities for well-behaved pets! Further New York, Chicago, Portland, San Diego, Austin and San Francisco are also good locations to visit with your four-legged companion.
2. Get your car ready!
If you haven’t done any long road trips before with your pet, try to get your dog used to the car a few days before you start your vacation. Dog seat belts are crucial to avoid driver distraction and keep the dog under control. Ask your veterinarian for advice about what is the best model for your pet. A safe pet carrier is also a good solution.
3. Keep heads and paws inside!
We know that dogs love to have their head out of the window but it’s better to keep them inside to be safe, and also to avoid any lung infection.
4. Stop every 2 or 3 hours.
Your pet needs to have some fresh air and go to the bathroom. Is recommended to at least stop every 3 hours or less.
5. Plan the route.
Make a good internet search to make sure you find pet-friendly places along the way where you plan to stop. Make sure there are restaurants and activities that are ok with having paws.
GoPetFriendly.com is a great blog resource that helps you to find pet-friendly destinations, activities and help with anything related to traveling and pets.
There are plenty of hotels that are not only pet-friendly but also offer unique services and amenities to make you and your pet feel special. You just have to search for dog-friendly accommodation in apps like Airbnb or Vacation Rentals. You can also look for references here.