Traveling with Your Dog: Finding Lodging and Other Useful Tips

photoPlanning on traveling with your canine companion? Here are some tips to make sure you both have a great time.

Finding and Booking a Dog-Friendly Hotel

* Look for pet-friendly hotels online. You can also find other types of accommodations, including cabins, motels, and house rentals, at different prices for different budgets. Some helpful websites that you might want to check out are DogFriendly.com, PetsWelcome.com, and BringFido.com.

* Create an itinerary of the places you would like to visit and the activities you would like to do. This will help you determine where the best areas for you to stay in are. Cross-reference your itinerary with the pet-friendly hotels you have found.

* Call the hotels that you are interested in to inquire about their pet policies and requirements. Hotels do change their policies occasionally and websites may not always be up-to-date, so verify first if they accept pets. Also ask if they have a weight limit and if they charge any extra fees. Hotel pet fees can range from $10 to $150.

* Base your decision on location, price, availability, pet policy, and other factors that may be important to you.

* Book your rooms ahead of time. Most hotels require or recommend pet owners to inform them beforehand if a companion animal is coming along. In some cases, this is so they can prepare special treats for the pet.

Other Travel Tips

* A few weeks before you leave, make sure that your dog gets all the required vaccinations.

* Do not make guesses when it comes to packing your dog’s food. Instead, measure out the total number of meals he will be eating and add a couple of days’ worth. Pack his food in a resealable plastic container so it will stay fresh and keep your dog from getting to it.

* Bring along some toys and chewable items to keep your pet occupied during the trip, especially if it is a long one.

* If you will be traveling by plane, you will need a portable dog crate for your pooch. Check with your airline to find out what type they accept.

* Once you are at your destination, keep your dog on his leash at all times. You always want to have full control of your pet, especially when you are in an unfamiliar place.

* Make sure your dog always has current identification information on him.

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