Summer is prime time for vacationing with children, but if your family’s “little ones” have four legs and bark, the better time to hit the road is now.
The weather’s cooler and the hot travel spots are, too. And that means you’ll find favorite destinations a little less crowded and possibly a lot more friendly to people traveling with their canine companions. Maria Goodavage, an author who’s an expert in traveling with pets, offered her rules for traveling with a dog in our book “The Ultimate Dog Lover.” They include:
The biggest mistake people traveling with dogs make is not following proper “petiquette.” This means:
Pack a “doggy bag” that includes your dog’s food, bowls (including a non-spill bowl for car rides), bedding, a brush, leash, towels if you’ll be in mud or water, a first-aid kit, poop bags, prescription drugs, proof of vaccination, treats, toys and your favorite dog travel guide. (Water you can get on the road.) For dogs who insist on sleeping on the bed with you, bring a sheet to protect the hotel bedding.
Bookmark websites that help you find pet-friendly lodgings or veterinarian practices, or download apps that find hotels and emergency care for you. Plan ahead, stay safe and be considerate, and you and your dog will always be welcomed back.