Basic Guide for Traveling with your Dog

Basic guide for traveling with dogs
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Do you want to take your pup on your next vacation? Make sure you choose a dog-friendly destination! There are dog-friendly destinations all around the world that you and your furry friend will enjoy. Instead of leaving your pupper home with a sitter, take them with you.

Need help? Read these tips for choosing a dog-friendly destination.

How will you get there

One of the more practical decisions when choosing dog-friendly destinations is deciding how you will get there. You can fly, drive or take a train with your dog depending on where you’re going.

If you have a larger dog and it’s not an emotional support animal or ESA dog, they will need to fly in the cargo hold of the plane. If you have an emotional support animal, they can sit on your lap or in front of your seat. Small dogs can also travel as a carry-on pet with a pet fee. They will need to stay in their airline-approved carrier throughout the flight. If you can fly with your pup, there are more destinations to choose from. Even if you want to stick to a road trip, there are plenty of dog-friendly destinations within driving distance. Most rental car rental agents allow pets, but you can check here for dog-friendly car rental.


Even if your dog is an emotional support animal, hotels and other short-term accommodations like Airbnb are not legally required to allow your pet if they have a “no pets” policy. The Fair Housing Act that prevents landlords from discriminating against those with an ESA only applies to long-term leases. There are many hotel chains and even Airbnbs that are pet-friendly.

Looking for a dog-friendly hotel to stay at? These hotels have great pet policies: America’s Best Value Inn, Best Western, Choice Hotels (Comfort Inn, Econolodge, and Quality), Marriot, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Kimpton Hotels, La Quinta, Motel 6, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, W Hotels and the Westin.

Tips for Finding Dog-Friendly Destinations

When looking for dog-friendly destinations its important to choose a place that has lots of pet-friendly activities in the area. You don’t want to plan a beach vacation and find out that the beach doesn’t allow dogs. Many pet-friendly activities are outdoors, but depending on the city and county laws, parks, hikes, beaches and restaurants may not allow dogs even if they are on leashes. It’s important to see if there are plenty of pet-friendly things to do in the city, so your pup isn’t stuck in the hotel room all day.

Instead of feeling guilty leaving your pup at home while you have a great vacation, start bringing your furbaby and choosing dog-friendly destinations. You can take your pup on a road trip or bring them on a plane. There are dog-friendly cities all over the world that have plenty to do for you and your up whether it’s exploring a park or window-shopping in a historic downtown area.

Here’s another good resource on traveling with dogs.


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