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Powered by Mom Blog talks about Travelling with Dogs
If you have a dog in your family you’ve no doubt experienced one challenge or another when trying to travel with your dogs. We of course love our dogs and wish we could take them everywhere but of course this is not always possible. I admit that sometimes too there are advantages when you don’t travel with your dogs. Up until a couple of years ago we were blessed we always had a family member who could stay with our dogs and cat(s) at the time so we’ve never ever had to put them in a kennel. We know it’s sometimes avoidable and some people have to board their pets but we’ve been fortunate we have not had to do that.
Our Blue Heeler Luna she’s such a well behaved girl 🙂
This past weekend we had a last minute opportunity to go to the Okanagan area of our beautiful province British Columbia so we decided this was a good trip to go travelling with our dogs Luna and Little Zeus (LZ). First of course we had to find pet friendly accommodations, we’ve learned in the past this is not always an easy task.
We were surprised to learn that the area we were staying in Penticton had more than a few choices for pet friendly accommodations. We secured a spot that was on the Okanagan Lake itself, with a park beside it and even a doggy beach within walking distance, total score! However, this trip also reminded me of some of the challenges of travelling with dogs so I thought it was a great time to share some tips and ideas.
Things to keep in mind when travelling with dogs (you probably already know them all but sometimes we need to be reminded 🙂 )
- Always have a water bowl and water on hand with you when travelling by car and to bring to the hotel/campground/motel wherever you’re staying. You can’t assume something will be available to use when you’re there.
- Even if you’re staying in a pet friendly hotel they all have the policy of not leaving your dogs in the room unattended. This can provide some challenges, what do you do if you need to go out to eat, want to enjoy the pool or other facilities at the hotel etc..? You have to take turns with those in your party as to who gets to stay with the dogs or goes for a walk with them etc..
- You can’t assume you can go out to eat or shopping and have your dogs in the car. It was warm and sunny weather for us this weekend and even with the windows open our dogs could still suffer in the car. REMEMBER an open window in a car in hot heat does not mean your dog is safe. Imagine yourself sitting in that same vehicle with the sun shining down on you and how hot it can be. I tried that this weekend myself and you know what with all our windows open and the sun roof it still got too hot after 10 minutes. If it’s too hot for us it’s definitely too hot for them.
- We took turns staying with the dogs, walking them and picking up food on the go and we ate on the beach instead or back in our room and sat on the balcony. There was no sitting down in a restaurant to eat for us except the one where we could sit outside and they let us have our dogs near us 🙂
- Don’t be caught without the poop bags with you ever, you just never know when you dog has to go. The same goes for leashes, not everyone is a dog lover and, while your dog may be the best behaved dog in the history of dogs it’s still best to have them on the leash especially where it’s required. No point in risking anything unexpected or ticking people off everyone is there to enjoy themselves. If the area has an off leash park that’s the place to go.
- I always suggest bringing a towel and blanket for the dogs, not all hotels will have such things for your dogs, in fact most we’ve stayed at have not.
- Last but not least enjoy yourselves but just remember when travelling with dogs they are actually a high priority as you have to consider their comfort, being courteous of other travellers and those around you and safety above all else. It can still be an enjoyable vacation for all one you got to spend with your dogs!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time and we got to what we wanted for the most part, swimming in the pool (hubby and I took turns with our daughter), going to the lake, enjoying some great food via take out or pet friendly patio and the dogs got go off leash swimming at their own doggy beach. Not to mention Luna and Little Zeus were so happy to be with us. So overall it was a fun weekend away for everyone two and four legged family members alike.
Luna enjoying some swimming at the doggy beach in Penticton, BC
What tips would you like to share when travelling with dogs?. Feel free to comment below we’d love to hear from you!