Summer vacation is always a great time for thinking about heading out on the open road for camping, touring or travelling to see friends. If you are taking your trusted 4-legged friends with you we have helpful tips to keep them safe and happy.
Take along lots of water (for both you and your pet) – Keep poop bags handy (there is nothing worse than an emergency pitstop and the poop bags are at the bottom of the suitcase in the back of the trunk.) Make sure your dog has his favourite toy or chew bone so he doesn’t destroy your tent, hotel or hosts belongings. Always keep your dog on a leash when walking in strange places and far from home. The last thing you want is to lose your treasured loved one miles from home. Make sure your dog is secure in the car and not jumping at the windows, the steering wheel, or getting on the floor close to the gas pedal. Getting out and exploring the wonders of nature this summer is great for both you and your dog. Check out pet friendly hotels along your route and make sure you have reservations if you need them. Both AAA and CAA have a list of dog friendly hotels along most major routes and in vacation spots. If you plan on camping during the road trip, also check that your reserved camping spot allows dogs. Make sure your dog can swim (some breeds don’t) before you head out on a boat or canoe and make sure your pet is wearing a flotation device in rough waters or long distance boating away from the shoreline. NEVER leave your dog in a hot car and if you ask, you will find that most people are more then welcoming to well behaved, social dogs. Happy Trails!