Going on vacation with your dog can be a blast! It can also be inconvenient, stressful and a bad situation for all involved. Here are a few tips as you start planning for the dog-days of summer!
- Think about whether going on vacation would be fun for your dog. Changes in location and routine are challenging for all dogs, but can bring out the worst in dogs with behavior problems. Also geriatric dogs can be stressed in new, unfamiliar locations.
- Maintain a routine. We travel with our crates and it helps give a sense of structure and familiarity.
- Music can help dogs relax, you can play music on your laptop or use portable music such as Through A Dog’s Ear.
- Take care of the basics – extra leashes, identification, medications, a copy of the vaccination record and have an address for a veterinarian on hand. We also bring a canine first aid kit when we travel.
- Be respectful of other’s property. We bring extra sheets to cover furniture at the house we rent and lots of clean up supplies.
- Be aware of leash laws and other ordinances, and respect them.
People often ask me where do you go that is dog friendly, well Dewey Beach, in Delaware of course. The beach is famous for its dog friendly policies, it is close to Rehoboth and Bethany, and not far from our home in northern Virginia.
So what’s your favorite dog friendly vacation spot?