Monday, March 25, 2013

How to Travel with Your Pet and Be Invited Back


Brooks and Kelly don't want to be left behind!
Today we have a great guest post for anyone thinking of traveling over the holidays, or any time, with their pet. Deborah J. Thompson is a traveler and writer, and her article Ramblin', Gamblin' and Rockin' on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be in the Spring issue of FIDO Friendly magazine, available at the end of this month/early April. 

 How to Travel with Your Pet and Be Invited Back 
Guest post by Deborah J. Thompson


For many, it’s not a vacation without our family pets. More property owners and hotels are realizing that pet-travelers are an untapped market.



“People who travel with their pets are compassionate—they care, not only about their animals, but about others and their property as well. They are some of my best customers.” Renata-Circeo Loudon, Owner Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals



So how do we become one of those “best customers”?



Whether renting or staying with family, these tips ensure a warm welcome and a return invitation.



1.     Schedule potty breaks in-route. Why start your vacation with a potty on the driveway? And upon arrival, expend pent-up energy with a walk so your pet can be excited to be on vacation instead of just excited to get out of the car. 


2.     Bring their bedding and crate into the house first. Show your pet their acceptable “place,” minimizing anxiety and giving them a sense of the familiar.


3.     Don’t drop them off and leave them alone. Prove you are “staying” here too. You may need to go to the store, or out to dinner. But take time to decompress with your pet so they are more at ease when you do need to leave them alone.


4.     Maintain crating routine. If your dog is used to being crated, then continue. However, if you don’t crate your dog at home, don’t start while in a new environment. It will confuse your pet and make him or her more anxious.


5.     Don’t neglect exercise and attention. This is their vacation too, so help them enjoy it. Don’t leave them in a strange place every day while you’re out having fun. Spend time with them–you brought them so they would be with you­–right? And check on them often. If they understand that you will be back, they will be less likely to “entertain” themselves.


6.     It should go without saying, but make sure that you pick up after your pet. Attach pick-up bags to their lead so they are always handy. 


7.     Respect the property. Even if the owner does allow pets on the furniture, bring your own blankets. Cover the sofa, chair, bed or anywhere else your pet may be.


8.     Avoid fleas. A natural treatment is geranium oil. Put a few drops on their collar and lead as a repellent or supplement to regular treatment. 


9.     Remember–not everyone loves your pets as much as you do. Don’t let your pet approach others without an invitation. You may be in close quarters on the elevator, the hallways or even on a walk. Respect the personal space of those you encounter and make sure that your pet does too.



The more responsible we are as pet-owners, the more likely that others will respect our desire to take our pets along when we travel. We are good-will ambassador for pet-travelers and our behavior can pave the way for more acceptance in the future.



Deborah J. Thompson is a writer, speaker, artist, marketing consultant, Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader. She got a dog for her first birthday and hasn’t been without a pet (or pets) since. She and her husband are avid animal rescuers and travel regularly with their “angel dog” Jazz and spunky rescue Sophie. “Bark” with Jazz and Sophie on Facebook at: Shore Dreams Pet Adventures.  Join Deborah on Twitter/InspireReflect and Facebook/DailyInspiredReflections for daily devotions. She is also available for speaking engagements--call or email for details and visit her Speaker's Page for references and bio.



Renata Circeo-Loudon is the owner of Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals with pet-WELCOMING properties along the gulf coast and lakeside in north Georgia. She has rescued animals for years and understands the special bond that we share with our pets. She is committed to offering pet-friendly accommodations whenever possible. Book your next vacation at www.shoredreams.net or by emailing petadventures@shoredreams.net.


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13 comments:

  1. Thank you. These are things momma didn't think of
    Snorts
    Benny & Lily

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  2. Excellent advice. I agree that the more considerate we are when we travel with our pets, the more hotels and other places will decide to be pet-friendly.

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  3. perfect advise! The better we are with our pets when traveling the more places will welcome us!

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  4. Excellent tips, especially...Don’t drop them off and leave them alone! It's not fair to the dog and it can make scared. When I travel with Maggie, once we check-in, I usually head right back out with her to check out our new location, which she loves!

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  5. Woof! Woof! Lots of Golden Thanks for sharing. Will check out her site. Mom says she'll be taking me on their next vacation. Lots of Golden woofs, Sugar

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  6. Great tips. (Just realized I forgot to pick up in the backyard after the last time we left my mom's... oops. Oh well - she moved shortly after. Sorry to the new owner!)

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  7. I have always found that traveling with a pet requires more planning and take more time that traveling along. You need to plan for the dogs needs.

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  8. This must come from experance as it look like you have thought through the issues realted to travel with pets

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