Whether you’re considering your first pet friendly vacation or have been on the road with your furry friend for years, there are a handful of simple practices that make every trip a success. Here are the rules that guide us in our adventures:
This is far and away the most important rule of pet travel! It’s startling, but statistics show that one in three pets will get lost during their lifetime. There would be nothing worse than losing your dog or cat when they’re away from home. Our tips for staying together while you’re traveling are more detailed, but these basic steps will help make sure you all come home together:
This picture of the boys is so perfect, because it reflects their personalities to a tee. Buster is our happy-go-lucky goofball, and Ty is our persnickety sourpuss. Something that’s not evident from the photo is that our dogs have issues.
Buster, who we found as a stray, wasn’t properly socialized as a puppy and is reactive to dogs when he’s on-leash. He barks and bounces up and down and generally acts like a lunatic when he’s leashed and other dogs are too close. Ty has his issues, too – he’s afraid of strangers and he’s not fond of other dogs. So, when we’re thinking about our travel plans, we have to consider our dogs’ limitations and make choices to set them up to be successful. Generally, that means doing things at off times, avoiding crowds, and being willing to leave immediately if the situation isn’t good for them.
Once you’ve considered your pet’s needs, it’s time for the fun part … deciding where to go! There are a lot of ways to find pet friendly places – you could start with the GoPetFriendly destination guides! We’ve written oodles of blog posts from our personal experiences traveling with Ty and Buster across the country.
I’ve also found Pinterest to be a great resource in travel planning. Just run a search for the place you’re thinking of going and see what pops up. Friends can be another a great source of information – especially if you happen to hang out with a bunch of RVers! Visitor’s websites for the cities you’re considering, the state tourism boards, or the convention and visitors bureaus’ Facebook pages are other good places to check for advice.
Ty would like you to remember that sometimes “having fun” means finding a comfy place to sit and watching the world go by. But it could also mean finding interesting things to see and do along your route, and for that we recommend using our pet friendly road trip planner to locate hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, activities, or services – like veterinarians, pet supply stores, and doggy daycare services – along the way. There are more than 60,000 pet friendly locations on the website, so you should always be able to find something nearby!
This doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition, but there are a few products that really do make life easier for you and more comfortable for your pet when you’re traveling. And if you’ll use them a lot, these items are well worth the investment.
There are a handful of things that can go wrong while you’re traveling with a pet, and you need to do a little advance preparation to put yourself in a better position for dealing with these situations if they happen.
More and more places are becoming pet friendly and providing us with the privilege of traveling with our pets – but it’s just that, a privilege that can be easily revoked. Bad behavior by one person has a detrimental impact on us all! We need to be sure we’re being great examples of our community when we travel with our pets by:
Follow the Golden Rules of Pet Travel, and every pet friendly trip you take will be a good one!
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