We’re sure a lot of you are ready to thaw out and head into spring. Perhaps you’re even considering a getaway when it’s warmer out. If you’re thinking of bring your canine companion, do a little research before hitting the road. Follow these three tips for a dog-friendly spring break.

#1: Choose a destination based on your pet’s characteristics

Although you may love the idea of lounging in the sizzling sun all day, your thick-coated malamute or squish-faced English bulldog may not appreciate suffocating in the heat, while your water-loving Labrador will likely enjoy a day frolicking in the surf. Before reserving your accommodations, think of your pet’s needs. She may be better off hiking through cool, shaded mountains, or zipping through the wine country in a convertible, so choose a location based on your pet’s breed characteristics.

#2: Outfit your vehicle for your pet

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, your pet will need to hitch a ride in your vehicle to get to your ultimate transportation mode. Ensure she arrives safely at the airport, train station, or your final destination by outfitting your car with a doggy seat-belt and harness combo that will keep your pet securely strapped in, or by purchasing a crate or carrier designed for travel. Don’t forget to stock up on food, treats, bedding, and toys to keep your pet entertained, and to pack her leash, collar, ID tags, and vaccination records.

#3: Brush up on your pet’s manners

If your large pup is not skilled at quietly leash-walking, or she jumps to greet people or lunges to play with other dogs, take the time to teach her polite manners before she travels. Nothing will ruin your relaxing getaway faster than chasing your fleeing pooch down the beach, or struggling to control her when visiting friends, or strolling through a national forest.

Be prepared for a fun and safe spring break with your pup by making sure he’s up to date on vaccinations and parasite prevention. Contact us to schedule an appointment before heading out on your adventure!