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The Traveling Dog

More than ever before, instead of being left behind, the family dog, or dogs, are traveling with the family. For many pet lovers, it's just not easy to leave their dog behind. Traveling with your dog can be great fun but it does require very careful planning, Your itinerary will also be restricted by many "No Pet's Allowed" regulations and you must have a "travel friendly" dog.

A dog who is nervous and upset around strangers, afraid of other dogs, aggressive around other dogs, a dog who hates riding in the car or one who quickly becomes nauseated and sick is obviously not going to enjoy an extended family trip. But... for some dogs who become hyper, nervous or nauseous and sick in a car, especially young dogs, being able to relax and enjoy the ride might just be a matter of getting used to something new. With more frequent car rides, the tension and even the upset stomach could become a thing of the past. With some short practice trips, gradually increasing a bit in length, car travel could become fun.

For dogs who remain nervous in spite of additional riding experience, making a few adjustments and using the right equipment could provide a greater feeling of security. For those who welcome the security of their crates when home alone, lying in a crate or a sturdy well-ventilated carrier might help them feel more secure. There are also padded harnesses and pet car seats to help dogs ride more comfortably. Click Here to see some of the equipment that's available to make riding in a car, van, or SUV safer and more comfortable for your dog.

Find out if pets are permitted in every destination and attraction you plan to see. Many popular tourist attractions and amusement parks don't allow pets in the attraction, but some do have kennels to house their visitors' pets for the day. Find their websites on the internet and call to make reservations. For "no pets allowed" attractions that do not have on-site kennels to accommodate pets, find out if there are nearby boarding kennels with space available for day-care and make reservations.

Knowing where to find "dog parks" and pet friendly beaches can make touring the USA and Canada with furry family members in the back seat easier. Dog parks are wonderful parks with fenced, off-leash play areas. Many are in typical park like settings. Some are publicly funded, some are run by civic or humane organizations, and some, like Dogwood Park in Florida are privately owned....

Boys and girls traditionally send letters to Mom and Dad from scout camp, but the Dogs at Dog Scout Camp won't need to. That's because "Mom & Dad" are right there with the campers! This camp is for dog owners who want to become more involved with their dogs. The Dog Scout Motto is "Let us learn new things that we may become more helpful." Hosting organizations, like Dog's Choice Training Centers, sponsor 6-day camps each year, where you and your dog can come to learn fun and functional new skills like: Agility, Flyball, Backpacking, Water Rescue, Herding, Sledding, Frisbee, Search and Rescue, Tracking, Lure Coursing, and other dog sports and activities. You will learn about topics such as wolf behavior, canine conditioning, first aid, dog massage, and how to shape your dog's behavior. You can also teach him to paint! With his owners help, a dog can create a painting that can be matted and taken home for framing. Once you and your dog have passed the test to become Dog Scouts, you can even earn merit badges.

At Iron Dog Training Camps, you and your athletic canine can enjoy a weekend you will both "remember for years". These all-inclusive camps are for both novices and experts in todays top dog sports like agility, flyball, disc Dogs, canine freestyle, herding, and fun games like musical mats. "Why spend a weekend away from your best friends when you can come and run, jump, herd, and even fly and dance?"

For those looking for a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the scenery instead of all that physical activity, there's The Cypress Inn - In beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea in California, co-owned by Doris Day, actress and animal rights activist. The Cypress Inn welcomes pets with open arms. It's not unusual to see people strolling in and out of the lobby with dogs of all sizes. Upon arrival, animals are greeted with dog biscuits, special beds, and other pet pamperings. As it is forbidden to leave dogs or cats alone in the rooms, pet sitters are also available. In the wood-beamed living room there's a thick photo album showing all the furry friends who have stayed there.

It's possible to find hotels & motels in all price ranges, from economy lodging along interstate highways to luxury hotels in major cities. Campgrounds have been fencing off new dog play areas to welcome families with dogs. Even some Bed & Breakfast Inns are now welcoming well-behaved dogs. When traveling with a dog, it's essential to make reservations for every night of your trip, not just at your final destination. Don't assume that a "pets welcome" sign means dogs are allowed in all rooms. Many pet friendly establishments have only a limited number of rooms set aside for dogs and some only allow smaller dogs or prohibit certain breeds. Choose a vacation spot and the attractions you want to see, plan your route, then use the following directories to find pet friendly lodging, campgrounds, pet sitters or pet care facilities, even Veterinary Hospitals along the way.

After the reservations and have been made and planning your itinerary is complete, having everything you need to assure your dog's safety will make travel easier.
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The following sites offer more good advice to help you and your pet have a hassle free, safe trip.....

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