5 Places to Travel with Your Dog This Summer

If dogs are considered a man’s best friend, who wouldn’t want to travel with their best friend? Instead of placing your dog in a doggie daycare while you travel, you can take them with you. While creating memories with your dog will require a certain amount of preparation, there’s no reason why they can’t come along for the journey. In order to have a good time as you travel with your dog, include the following tips in your preparation process.


Venice, Italy

An Italian vacation might seem really upscale for a dog, but it’s possible. Since traveling to Italy requires a flight, you’ll need to make sure your dog meets the height and weight requirements. While there can be dangers involved with traveling on a long flight with a pet, talk to the airline in order to make sure you and your dog can get the necessary accommodations. Once you’re in Venice, you’ll be able to ride many of the gondolas with your dog in tow. When you’re traveling during the summer months, it can get pretty crowded. Knowing this, make sure you have a leash and enough treats to keep your dog in line.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

If you can’t see yourself getting on a flight with your dog, you can always do a road trip to the next country over. While you’re still in North American territory, Canada is merely a car ride away. Vancouver is an excellent place to travel with dogs because it’s considered a very dog-friendly city. It has a lot of off-leash parks for you and your dog to enjoy. If you’d like to grab some food, you can bring your dog to one of the many public marketplaces that allow dogs.


Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon has a nickname that makes it perfect for this list because it’s been coined as the best dog-friendly city in the nation. Affectionately known as “DogTown, USA”, Bend, Oregon provides a great getaway experience for dogs and their owners. There are 13 off-leash parks in the city. Feel free to roam over 51 miles of outdoor trails with your dog as well. If you’re a beer fan, visit one of the many breweries that allow dogs inside. There are over 40 pet-friendly restaurants in this city. As you enjoy your own beer, your dog can get their own non-alcoholic brew that’s made for dogs. Pet-friendly vacation rentals can be understandably tough to come by. Thankfully, there are plenty to choose from in Bend, Oregon.


Sarasota, Florida

If you live on the East Coast, Florida is a popular vacation spot to consider. When you’re traveling with a dog, consider visiting a Floridian city like Sarasota. Brohard Beach Paw Park is a beach where you can bring your canine companion. In fact, it’s meant for dogs as it is the only beach in Sarasota County where dogs are allowed. There’s also a fenced-in park that allows you to let your dog roam and run without restraint.


San Diego, California

The West coast is extremely beautiful, and San Diego is a perfect place to capture that. Whether you’re heading to enjoy a yacht ride or visit the beaches, San Diego is known for its dog-friendly accommodations. Visit a few of the many off-leash dog parks in the city. Allow your dog to socialize with others.


If you have an older dog or if your companion has issues with inflammation or discomfort, consider getting a back brace for dogs to avoid any issues. If you’re a baseball enthusiast, Petco Park is located in San Diego. Buy tickets to a baseball game, and make sure you and your dog sit in the dog-friendly section that’s called the Backyard.


Closing Remarks

If you’ve ever been afraid to travel with a dog, there are ways to prepare your dog in advance. Begin to try different prompts to train your dog to follow instructions. It can be useful to hire a trainer to help you prepare your dog for traveling adventures in the future. When you travel for the first time, pay attention to what tools were useful and what tools you wish you had. Then, make adjustments for the next trip. In time, you’ll develop a practice that works for you and your dog to explore the world together.


About The Author

Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. Tracie is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus.