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Tips on vacationing with your pet

Summer is the perfect time for vacations. Road trips, flying to exotic locations, bus rides to a town near by or boat rides to a island. Anything goes. However if you are a pet owner, then you know how hard it is to make a decision to either take your pet with you on the vacation or leave your furry friend with your family, finds or with a pet sitter. Whatever you decide, your pet will have to make certain adjustments, and since pets, especially dogs often don’t like strangers, I recommend to take your pet with you. And it isn’t even as hard as you think if you know a couple of simple tips.

1. Make sure your pet will be occupied during the vacation


The first thing to remember if you do decide to take your dog with you on your next vacation is to make sure your per will have things to do during it and your canine won’t have to stay in a hot hotel room all day long while you are longing on the beach. Check if the place you will be staying at is pet friendly and has tings like parks or open areas near by where you will be able t take your dog. Also check if your pup can come to the beach with you or do any of the other activities you want to do, since that will ensure that your dog will have plenty to do and won’t be suffering during your vacation.

2. Prepare for the trip

dog laws

Also make sure you do your research and find not only if your pet will have hings to do on your vacation, but also look up animal related laws and restrictions if you are going out of the country. Then of coarse also make sure all of the papers for your pet are up to date and you have the necessary things with you, like leash, mesh carriers and such, so you actually will be able to travel with your pet.

3. Decide on the type of transportation you will be using

dog on a plane

Think ahead of time and figure out which type or types of transportation you will have to use while on vacation and are they suited for your pet. Many say that planes and pups just don’t mix, however I think that hot and long bus rides can be even worse for your pet. So try to figure out the best ways to get to and from your vacation and to move around while on vacation, that won’t leave your pet friend exhausted, overheated or sick.

4. Develop a routine even wile on vacation

dog walkig on a beach

And lastly I would suggest do develop a some sort of routine with your dog even when you are on your vacation. Dogs thrive on routines and they make them feel better, so schedule regular walks and feeding times for your pet, so it knows what’s happening and has something to rely on even if the rest of his life is turned upside down. Also set up a corner in your hotel room or vacation rental for your dog, where you will be feeding him or her and where the pup will be sleeping, and preferably bring things like a doggy blanket and bowls from home, so your canine recognizes them and their smell and can feel a bit better about this whole situation.

Tips on car travel with pets

If in the winter many prefer to travel by plane to warmer tropical locations to escape the cold, then summer is the perfect time for road trips. And although road trips are fun, they aren’t by any means easy even for humans let alone your pets, because you spend long stretches of time in a car without the chance to stand up and stretch your legs. Which is why you need to make sure that you make car travel easier not only for yourself but also for your furry friend, that you take with you on your adventures.


Traveling with pets be it your dog, cat or pet rabbit, takes quite a bit of planning, because if you have pets with you, you cannot just load them in your car and drive of into the sunset. You need to figure out things like in which part of your car your pet will be traveling and making this are a comfortable for your pet as possible, you also need to make sure that you have enough food and water for your pet so it doesn’t suffer heat stroke and you also need to plan a route where you will have the ability to stop every once in a while to let your animal stretch its legs and do its business.

Also don’t forget to pack things like your pets travel papers, a leash, grooming supplies, pet medication, a bed for your pet and a few toys, since all these things will be essential to help your pet not only survive travel, but also easier to adjust to the new environment, where you will be spending your vacation. And if all the necessities that you should have with you when traveling with your pet sound similar to those that one would have while traveling with children, then you are absolutely right, because taking a trip with your pet is almost as hard if not harder than road-tripping with a child, since your animal cannot speak and voice when something is wrong.

dogs car

If you are traveling abroad, then make sure that all your pets papers and vaccination records are in check. Also it wouldn’t hurt for you to check the pet related laws of the countries that you will be traveling to, as sometimes even neighboring countries can have vastly different pet laws. Nothing ruins a vacation than a remark from a police officer or a ban from getting into a country because of your pet.

And if you know that you will be traveling with your pet quite often then you might want to invest in things like rubber floor liners and waterproof seat covers for your car, since these things will make traveling easier for you. With these car accessories it will be easier to clean your car after traveling as well as maintain the interior of your car for longer.

Best ways to work out with your dog

Many of us pay quite close attention to our fitness, especially in the summer since it is bikini season, even though we already don’t have enough hours in a day to achieve all the things we wanted to do. But dog owners might have a way to get in their work out and walk their pet at the same time by exercising with their dog. A study done by researchers from Michigan University actually conduced, that dog owners are 34 percent more likely to get in regular workouts each week than people who don’t own a dog. So check out our suggestions of the best work outs you can do with your dog as your training partner.

First and foremost you can simply go for a run with your furry friend by your side. Since dogs are creatures of habit, once you accustom your dog to regular morning or evening runs, your dog will help you keep running regularly, because it will be sitting by your running shoes every day and waiting you to go for a run. Just make sure that your dog doesn’t overhear during the run, as they cannot sweat to get their body temperature down like we can. So no matter the size of your pooch, strap him on a leash and go for a run. Bonus, after the run your dog will be tired out so will let you rest too, by not running around your home and demanding your attention.


Another dog friendly work out is cycling, especially if your dog is very energetic. Many think that dogs will have a hard time to keep up so they don’t cycle with their dogs, but canines actually love to run at pull speed and they will be able to do it next to you biking. Just make sure that you have a way to deal with any sudden tugs that your dog might do by chasing a cat or just veering off course. You can do it by either not using a leash, which could be an option if you are cycling at a more remote place, or by just using some type of device, that can be attached to your leash and that can absorb the force of sudden tugs.


Many dogs love water and swimming, so why not do some water sport activities with your man’s best friend? A good option is the recently popular stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Paddle boards are actually very suitable for having your dog on the nose of the board. Pick a calmer day and test out the waters by paddle boarding for a while. Kayaks, too, are surprisingly suitable for having your dog with you while you are kayaking. If you have bigger dog then position it closer to your feet, but a smaller breed can chill out in the front of the kayak. At first it might be harder to adjust to the added weight, but soon enough you will be kayaking with your dog and getting in a great workout.

And for those who live in climate where there is cold winters with snow and everything, even then you can exercise with your dog, by taking it with you when you are going snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Not only your dog will get the chance to have fun in the snow and really stretch its legs after not having gotten real run for a while due to the cold weather, but you, too, will get total-body workout. Its a win- win, and later you both can curl up at your home and enjoy the slight exhaustion from the work out and the fresh air.

long distance skiing with dog