By The Farmer's Dog | May 24, 2017

Already dreaming about your summer vacation? We hear you. But if you’re anything like us, that poolside reverie feels a little incomplete without your favorite tail wagging next to you.

While some pet owners assume that traveling with their pups will be stressful, bringing your dog on vacation can actually be a great bonding experience if executed properly. These tips will help you both get ready to embark on your best adventure yet.

Book a Pet Friendly Hotel

Hotel policies are one of the biggest reasons pet owners dismiss the idea of bringing their dogs along on trips. While some hotels may discourage canine companions, there are many pet-friendly options available. Some hotels even offer dog beds and dog-friendly room service options to make you both feel more at home.

If you’re searching for a pet-friendly hotel for your next trip, consider booking with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Kimpton Hotels, La Quinta Inns & Suites, or Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. These hotels are known to go above and beyond for their guests, both human and otherwise. Always be sure to check with a specific hotel before booking that room for two.

Pack a Little Piece of Home

Remember how homesick you were during that first summer at camp? Help your dog keep calm by packing a couple of favorite toys or familiar blankets. The comforting scents will keep your dog relaxed while you zen out with some Vitamin D.

Choose the Right Crate

Most planes and trains require a crate for traveling dogs, but that doesn’t mean your pup doesn’t deserve a little extra leg room, too. Always buy a crate that has plenty of room for your dog to sit, lie, and stand in comfortably. It’s also a good idea to put toys and a blanket in the crate to keep your pup company while you’re enjoying your complimentary peanuts.

Get Plenty of Exercise

Whether traveling by air or car, it’s best to give your dog plenty of exercise before departure time. Without sufficient exercise, your dog is more likely to experience anxiety throughout the trip. Log a few extra outdoor miles before heading to the airport, and try to squeeze in some quick exercises during layovers. A tired pup is usually a quiet one.

Don’t Forget Proper ID

You wouldn’t leave for the airport without your wallet, so don’t forget to grab your dog’s ID on your way out the door. Paper documentation as well as dog tags or a microchip are always a good idea if your dog will be leaving your side at any point during your trip. You should also include detailed notes about any medical or health issues, just in case your dog isn’t feeling particularly chatty.

With a little planning, you and your dog will be set to share the trip of a lifetime. Grab the sunscreen, pack a water bowl, and don’t forget to text your mom when you land.

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