Categories: Tips & Tricks

Vacationing with Your Dog

All across the country, families and individuals are gearing up for spring break travel. Whether you are headed out for a bit of an adventure while school is out of session, or whether you are planning travel for the upcoming summer, you might be considering taking your dog with you.

Dogs make excellent travel companions, and bringing along your furry best friend can make your relationship stronger. However, you do need to plan ahead for success. Here are just a few ways you can make your upcoming travel smooth sailing.

Call ahead
Before you hit the road to your final destination, be sure you are confident that your living arrangements are set up for your dog. Make sure your hotel is dog friendly, or that your AirBnB has dog friendly supplies on-site like water or food bowls.

Stop often
If you are driving to your destination, be sure to stop often to let your dog stretch his legs and burn some energy. Stop to hike a trail or research dog friendly areas along your route. Your dog will appreciate the chance to sniff and explore, while you will appreciate that he falls asleep for a few hours when he is back in the car.

Practice your training commands
Before you leave for your trip, be sure that you are confident your dog is obedient. Now is the time to brush up on your dog’s commands so that you can be sure he will Stay when you tell him to in the hotel. If you both are in need of some serious refresher time, give our Trainers a call to set up a session or two.

Pack a bit of familiarity
Fortunately, dogs don’t need too much when they hit the road for travel. However, it is important to assure you pack their usual food and treats – the road is no place to try something new. Toss in their favorite toy or ball, along with their leash, and you are all set. Don’t worry about bringing along everything they love, just a few pieces from home will keep your dog happy.

Consider a training opportunity
If you are not ready to take your dog on vacation, or if you are headed out to a destination that isn’t dog-friendly, consider sending your dog to our Boarding services. Our Trainers not only take great care of your dog, in a cozy home environment (not a concrete kennel), they can also train him at that time as well. Our Board and Train program is one of our most successful. You’ll love seeing pictures of your dog while you are away, and you will especially love seeing how obedient he is upon your return.

Give us a call to book your vacation Board and Train today!


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