Dogs & Travel: Stay! or Away?
When it comes to vacations, should a dog stay put or should you take your pooch along? That’s a big personal choice, and one that urban pet lovers in particular can run up against when planning even a quick weekend jaunt.
Here are a few options to consider when planning travel around your dog:
Stay! (Your Dog) While You’re Away:
DogVacay: Think AirBnB for dogs and their owners. This is a growing, searchable community of dog sitters across the US who will care for your dog in their home while you are away. DogVacay vets all participants, and patrons also rate them. Here’s a video that explains how it all works. In my own Brooklyn ‘hood, there are hundreds of vetted dog sitters to browse from. We’ve heard that many people who use the service end up hosting other dogs. The service gets thumbs up from respected media outlets and are accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
Have a Dog Sitter At Your House: Does your dog require special care, like medication, injections, etc. Are they an older pet, or do they need to be walked frequently? Ask your veterinarian or animal hospital for recommendations on in-home visits or dog sitting. Vet Techs or Vet students are often available to house-sit for fees that can range from $60 to $200 a night.
Doggie Camp/Boarding: Leaving for a long weekend might be a great opportunity to give an urban dog a chance to get some fresh air in the country. Several services will pick up and drop off your pup in the city and board them at ‘camp.’ A few that service the New York City area are Town and Country Pet Boarding in New Hampshire, PetCamp in Orange County, NY .
The Green Leaf Pet Resort in New Jersey even offers a doggie aquatic center and swimming lessons.
Away! Pet Friendly Destinations and Options:
If you’re traveling with your pooch, the options are getting better all the time. Vacation rental sites like VRBO usually specify their pet policies, and we’re pleased to see that some sites like Hotwire.com now include a “pet friendly” option under “amenities.” It’s always best to double check dog-friendly policies directly with any hotel, even after you’ve booked them on a web travel site.
A few web destinations are geared specifically to dog owners and travel, like BringFido and OfficialPetHotels.com. You may want to bookmark LocalVets.com for those times when you’re on the road and your dog needs medical attention.
World Cup? What World Cup? Of course, if you’re really, really into dogs during your travels, you might want to save a couple dates on the cal for some outdoor doggie destinations to catch some canine sporting action. Skyhoundz has a regional dog frisbee competition series and Dockdogs offers a whole calendar of dogs-in-water events.
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