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Adventure Vacations for You and Your Dog

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Being on vacation with your furry friend in tow is fantastic. It’s a great way to bond and enjoy new and exciting things together, to explore, play, and relax in a different environment than home. It’s not always the easiest thing to plan, though. That’s why we collected some tips on how to make the most of your adventures together, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey for both of you.

Make sure you choose the right destination

This might be obvious, but selecting an appropriate destination is what you should start with. Don’t shy away from spending a good chunk of time on researching different places to make sure you and your pet will have a good time. Look for places with plenty of outdoor activities that allow animals. National parks, coastal walks, and pet-friendly beaches should be within reach. Regions like the Lake District here in the UK are perfect, as are the Alps in France for example, or the Rockies in North America. They offer plenty of expansive trails and lakes that are perfect for adventurous dogs (and owners). Check the local regulations and facilities. You want your dog to be welcome and well-catered for.

Prepare your dog way ahead of time

Travel is stressful, so preparation is key when taking your dog somewhere. Ensure that they are physically fit for the activities you plan to engage in – especially if you expect to do a lot of walking or hiking. Make sure to visit your vet before you go, to check their vaccination and microchip status and make sure that you have all necessary medications and supplies, such as flea and tick prevention. A sturdy collar with a tag displaying your contact information will provide peace of mind.

For safe transport, make sure you have a comfortable, sturdy travel carrier or crate available. All airlines should have transportation regulations ready for you to look up. Put an emphasis on it being large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in, as well as being able to lie down comfortably. If you're in a position to take you and your dog in a private jet, it'll be significantly less stressful, as they offer ways where you don't even need a carrier at all. Bring your dog’s most essential things

Dogs are animals of habits and routine – even more so than we are. Utilising this can make the difference between a good and a great holiday. For adventure trips, pack a durable leash, harness, and a long line for more freedom in safe environments. A collapsible water bowl, ample water and enough dog food for the entire trip should also be planned. Don’t forget bedding and a towel specifically for your dog. Your first-aid kit needs to be fitted with items suited for both you and your pet.

Engage in lots of dog-friendly activities

Once you arrive at your destination, choose things that you can enjoy together. Quite a few adventure holiday locations nowadays offer hiking, swimming, and even canoeing that are suitable for dogs – some are specifically designed with dogs in mind. Think about playtime, too, with activities such as fetch, frisbee, and agility courses. You might be on vacation, but your dog still needs to be mentally and physically stimulated!

Make sure to supervise your dog closely, though, particularly in unfamiliar environments. Protect them from wildlife and other hazards and observe their level of comfort.

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