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Should You Bring Your Dog On Vacation: 8 Questions To Ask

For many, summer means vacations. When you are single and live alone, you can be ready at a moment’s notice. Throw in a dog or two, and you have some serious considerations to mull over before you even think of packing.

Even when you have a family, planning for a vacation becomes more complicated when you share your life with a dog. Should you leave him at a kennel? For many, that is out of the question. The indecision causes quite a few dog owners to bring their dog with them. It is not any easy decision no matter which way you decide.

However, there are some questions to ask yourself before you commit to answering the ultimate summertime question of pet owners: should you bring your dog on vacation?

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  • Adapatibility 2 of 9
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    Does your dog adapt well to new situations? If he doesn't, your fun trip may quickly escalate into a bad memory.

     

    Image: Courtesy of Tommy Bahama Pets at PetSmart 

  • Keep It In The Family 3 of 9
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    Do you have a responsible relative/friend who would enjoy taking your dog? If so, that might be your way to go. 

    Image: iStock

  • High Strung 4 of 9
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    How active is your dog? If you have spunky type who requires a lot of activity, a vacation inside a hotel might be depressing and anything but fun for your pup.

     Image: iStock

  • Accomodations 5 of 9
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    Does your destination offer pet friendly amenities? More hotels are allowing pets but it's certainly not the majority. Call ahead to see what hotels in the area offer and how much.

     

    Image: Courtesy of Tommy Bahama Pets at PetSmart 

  • Still Alone, Just Not Home 6 of 9
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    How much time will you spend in places where you can't take your dog? Will you spend the majority of your time at a beach house or in the woods where your dog can accompany you or will you be spending hours on long lines for sightseeing tours, rides, and attractions? 

    Image: iStock

  • Senior Consideration 7 of 9
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    Is your dog old? A sunny getaway may not be pleasant for an older dog who would prefer to just lay around in air-conditioning. 

    Image: iStock

  • Whew, It’s Hot! 8 of 9
    Should You Bring Your Dog On Vacation: 10 Questions To Ask

    Does your dog love being in the sun and soaking up the summer? Or is does she get easily winded or overheated when the temps go up? If you have a breed that has special temperature concerns, it is probably best for your dog to stay home in a cool place than traipse after the family on vacation.

    Image: iStock

  • Before You Say No… 9 of 9
    Should You Bring Your Dog On Vacation

    Have you explored non-traditional boarding? DogVacay is a website that sets up owners and host families for a fee, like a kennel. The big difference is that the host families will treat your dog as you do, no cages or kennels involved. If your dog loves people and new situations, a five star boarding experience just might prove more enjoyable than a five star hotel.

    Image: DogVacay

     

 

Follow Danielle on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest (where she maintains an ‘Adorable Pups’ board), or find her at her blog, Some Puppy To Love.

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