A few years ago, my husband and I decided to go on an incredible vacation to Europe. Unfortunately, we didn't know very much about booking hotels, and so we ended up staying in some pretty "interesting" places. When we weren't scared about the other guests, we were worried about taking home bed bugs, and we were surprised about the pricing! After that experience, we decided to research travel accommodations, so that we weren't ever put in that same situation ever again. This blog is a cumulative report of our findings--which is why this website is chock full of information about travel and lodging. Read on to find out more.
Are you the proud parent of a canine companion? Do you love taking your furry friend with you wherever you go? If you include your dog in your travels, there's a lot of things to keep in mind as you plan the trip and as you travel. Here, you'll find a few ideas that can make things a little more fun and a little less stressful for both of you.
Grooming on the Go
You want your little furball to look his or her best while you're traveling, but have you had your dog groomed while you're enjoying your time at a hotel or resort? While you're looking into the pet-friendly hotels for you to stay in, include a search for a doggy spa or grooming center nearby, such as All Creatures Inn.
If you can't find one nearby, some hotels will even offer grooming services right there at the hotel, while others have groomers that subcontract through them and will come to pretty up your pooch right there in your room.
When you're traveling, it can be difficult to find places for your pup to play. Before you book your hotel, look around the area or inquire with the hotel about any pet parks that are nearby. Some pet-friendly hotels will have a play space right there, but others will only have a small area for you to walk the dog for potty breaks.
When researching pet parks, look to see that they have separate zones for large and small dogs—this may not be concerning to you if your dog is larger and isn't threatened by larger breeds or some vicious smaller breeds.
In the Car
Make sure that you're taking all of the necessary safety precautions in the car.
Be aware of what's in the back seat with your dog before you hit the road. You don't need to be distracted with what's going on in the back seat whether he's getting into a bag of treats or chewing the seat belt from the buckle—your attention should only be on the road ahead.
If your dog moves around a lot in the car, consider putting a harness and safety latch on him to keep him from hopping seats. This will not only keep him from jumping all over the place, but it will also keep him from being ejected from the vehicle if you were to crash.
You and your dog can have some awesome adventures. A little planning can go a long way in making the trip even more fun and less stressful.