Sometimes, you just need a vacation!
The year has just begun, but the middle of winter persistently surrounds us. Some snowfall here and there, a few 0 degree days, school breaks just around the corner, and now a couple of plane tickets in your hand. Relaxing beaches and adventurous fun are awaiting you and your family - ALL of your family, including the ones with fur!
So what happens next?
Traveling puts everyone to the test, and that will include your pet! New sights, sounds, and people are bound to excite, so be ready to make necessary decisions when introducing your dog to a new environment. Not every relative will be thrilled if you stay over with a stressed and barking dog, and not every dog will be up to hiking and rigorous activity so far away from their comfortable, cozy home.
Choosing the vacation destination is the key to your family's emotional survival - will there be camping and down-to-earth exploration? Beaches and boardwalks? Mountain lodges and lakes?
For your pet, the best destination is one they will be comfortable with and where they can still receive the care they need. Take your desirable vacation and your pet's personality into account, and you're bound to have a great experience together!
Still making a decision? Here are the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations.
Air Travel Preparations
There are many articles out there debating the pros and cons of air travel for pets - it is best to do your research and consult a vet before flying.
Smaller animals may be allowed to fly commercial, in carriers that can fit under the seat, but larger pets will travel in airline-approved crates. Here is a helpful checklist for preparing your pet's kennel and other important steps.
To ease your worries, there are also special pet services that will assist with transport, and can even pick-up your pet at home. Most of these services are domestic, but excellent at guaranteeing your pet travels safely.
Pet Express and Air Animal are two excellent examples of helpful transport companies that provide travel crates, pick-up from home, airline check in, transportation from airport to destination, and more.
Fun In The Sun!
Whether you and your pet look forward to relaxation or non-stop play, being away from home shouldn't interrupt daily routine. When you arrive, allow your pet to explore their new environment. For a smooth transition, regularly scheduled meals and walks are necessary to keep your dog happy, just like at home! Bringing a favorite toy, bone, or anything familiar will also help to comfort them during all the changes.
After this adjustment period, begin your adventures and enjoy a getaway with your best furry friend! Always have a back-up in case your pet cannot accompany you to certain places, such as local kennels or play groups. If you want to avoid downtime, look into any special pet-friendly activities offered in the area. Dog canoeing or kayaking? Canine camp getaways? Competitions or dog sledding? The choice is yours!
No matter what, we wish you a happy and safe trip! Enjoy a great adventure with your buddy, and we'll see you when you return, hopefully with many stories to tell!
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