Make Your Dog’s Travel Dreams Come True

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The dog days of summer are here, literally: August 26 is International Dog Day. A recent survey conducted by Mars Petcare in collaboration with KRC Research shows that 70% of American pet owners plan to travel with their pets this summer, so why not join them? 

To help celebrate your four-legged bestie, we’ve rounded up a pawful of ways to prepare and make your dog’s travel dreams come true, and stay safe while doing so.

1Sit

If you’re traveling by car, it’s important to keep your furry friend safe on the journey. A seatbelt that hooks to your pup’s harness works well to keep her in place if she’s comfortable riding in the car. If she’s not a fan of car rides, you may want to opt for a carrier so she can relax along the way. Either way, give her a favorite toy to play with so she can keep herself entertained. 

Road trip snacks are a must, and that goes for pups, too. Pack a few of her favorite treats to enjoy on the ride, and be sure to bring water. One travel bottle to consider is the Highwave AutoDogMug: squeeze the bottle and water fills the attached bowl; release and the water flows back into the bottle. 

2Fetch

Dog beaches and parks are fun spots to stretch your legs and play games of fetch. Before heading out on your trip, take some time to research spaces where you can stop along the way, and in your final destination. For example, a quick search for “dog beaches California” on rover.com shows the top nine dog beaches throughout the state, and “dog parks Chicago” brings up “Top 10 Chicago Dog Parks.” 

In Tampa, Hair of the Dog Park and Bar has something for both of you: in the middle of a traditional dog park layout with separate, fenced-in sides for big and little dogs, sits a shed that serves up wine and local craft beers, not to mention bowls of water for pups thirsty after play.

If you’re planning on visiting National Parks during your trip, check the rules of the parks you’d like to explore. While some invite four-legged adventurers to enjoy their wide open spaces on-leash, others can be more reserved and may not allow dogs at all.

3Roll Over

A lot of us like to relax with a spa treatment while we’re on vacation; who’s to say your pup wouldn’t enjoy it, too? If your furry friend doesn’t mind a bit of grooming, go all paws in for a massage for the two of you at La Quinta Resort & Club in Southern California, where your pup will also receive a welcome box filled with goodies from PupJoy

It’s no doubt that your pup is pretty as a picture, so you’ll want to make reservations for a Pet Portrait Pop-Up Session with artist Hannah Elliott at the Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, Georgia. The take-home memory is one you and your canine companion will enjoy for years to come.

4Stay

Is there anything better than cozying up and watching a movie in bed while on vacation? Maybe cozying up to your pup to watch that movie. National hotel brands like Aloft, Best Western, La Quinta, Loews, Radisson and more roll out the welcome mat for our four-legged traveling companions; notably, Kimpton Hotels doesn’t have a size limit, and any animal is welcome.

Hilton takes traveling with your dog to the next level with its partnership with Mars Petcare, the world’s largest pet care company. Guests of Hilton’s seven pet-friendly brand hotels have access to convenient pet health, wellness, and behavioral support resources to answer any questions related to traveling with your dog. Even when you’re far from home, care for your dog is a call away.

Independent and boutique hotels like Inn by the Sea near Portland, Maine; select Opal Collection properties in Florida, New England, and New York; The Park On Main in Highlands, North Carolina; Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon; Hotel del Coronado in San Diego; Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado; the French Lick Springs Hotel in Indiana; and Daxton Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan are also dog-friendly.

Many of these properties have amazing doggie amenities that will really pamper your pooch, from dog beds and bowls to personalized leashes and beds, and even speciality dining menus so you and your pup can dine together. 

And, of course, you can always search Airbnb and VRBO to find dog-friendly stays along your way.

Traveling with your dog can be fun-filled for you both. With a bit of preparation, you can make all of your dog’s travel dreams come true.

Tags: Pets, Travel

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Susan Barnes

Susan B. Barnes is a Tampa-based freelance travel and lifestyle journalist with bylines in myriad national and regional publications. See Full Bio

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