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The Second Most Important Cue To Teach Active, Traveling Dogs

The Second Most Important Cue To Teach Active, Traveling Dogs | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it

Typist: Bethany The number one most important command for an active, traveling or any dog to know is "come." And your dog knows it, right? And you practice it every day, even several times a day,...

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The number 2 most important command to teach dogs who travel is, uh, well, how to go number 2 within a few minutes...


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Pet Air Travel Just Got Easier!

Pet Air Travel Just Got Easier! | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Animals traveling through Chicago on United Airlines can now stay in the carrier’s kennel at O’Hare International Airport.
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At Chicago's O'Hare airport, dogs who can't travel in the cabin of United Airlines flights now have 28 temperature controlled enclosures to wait around in between flights or overnight (that'll cost you $100). There's a menu of additional services you can order for your pooch, so keep it in mind.


For more information on traveling with pets, check out Animal Cafe's section on pet travel!

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Pet Friendly Boutique Hotels. Enjoy the whole family your holiday in Spain | Boutique Hotels Spain

Pet Friendly Boutique Hotels. Enjoy the whole family your holiday in Spain | Boutique Hotels Spain | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
RT @boutiquehotelES: Summer is coming: #PetFriendly Boutique Hotels. Enjoy the whole family your #holiday in #Spain http://t.co/LJJCh0jCFG #vacation #travel
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I admit it - I'm a sucker when it comes to pet friendly boutique hotels. When done well, they can make all the difference in how you experience a new city, especially when traveling overseas with your dog. Spain has some well-priced holiday rates, and even if you're not quite ready to travel that far, you can check it out and see what's available, rates, and how much of Spain you and your dog might get to see if you rented an RV =)


There's a nice overview of different areas of Spain and photos of the the boutique hotels, revealing their charm. Check out the video too.

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25 Tips For Travel With Your Pup

25 Tips For Travel With Your Pup | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
25 Tips For Travel With Your Pup
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Written by author and long time taveler to France with her Sheltie Chula, Sheron Long offers a great list of 25 tips for safe traveling with your dog. I saw one tip I had not seen elsewhere re choosing an airline with a good safety record! She offers a link to do just that.


We take for granted that airlines know what they are doing but you will find variations from airline to airline. You can choose the most comfortable cargo area available for Frankie if they can't be carried in the passenger area. Ask what the cargo hold is like...is it lit throughout the flight, what's the pressure like? What's the temperature variation?


It's surprising just how many details there are to attend to, especially if this is your first adventure. When I took my first flight with my dog, it was before the internet! We have so many great opportunities now to know so much more, all at our fingertips. This list is a useful resource, you can add it to your file along with my previous tips from the ASPCA. Enjoy your travels!

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Pet Travel Accessory - Making a Zip Line for your Dog

Pet Travel Accessory - Making a Zip Line for your Dog | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Camping. Picnics. A trip to the park or the beach. Summer promises more time outdoors with your dog - and we have the perfect accessory to make your next adventure more fun!

Keeping Ty and Buster s...
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Camping, the beach, a remote country picnic...none of these places are much fun for dogs unless they can roam. Here's a thoughtful idea and good instructions to have on hand to make your own zip line from Go Pet Friendly. Just Google how to tie a bowline knot and you'll be ready!


Think about using harnesses when you tie out or put your pets on a run. GPF mentions they do this for their dogs. Here's why: Dogs prey drive will ensure they forget there's limited range to their line and there's no point in having your dog injured by an unyielding halt from a run.

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Vermont's Phineas Swann B&B, The Pet-Loving Inn

Vermont's Phineas Swann B&B, The Pet-Loving Inn | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it

"There are resorts that consider themselves pet-friendly, and then there’s the Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast Inn, whose owners think of ..."

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It's funny, as I read this article I was at first unimpressed with the listing of a plush bed, food and water bowls and a bag of dog treats in the room (yawn), but then there was a quote from the owner who said he baked & personalized treats with the dog's name. Better, I thought, but still...ordinary. Then we got to the good stuff.


The Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast Inn has no weight limit and no number of dogs restriction! Now that alone puts this Inn above the crowd, but there's more. They've had a wide-range of interesting guest dogs, and there is a resident dog too. Get all the details on how they keep dogs comfortable alone in the room while you're touring the Green Mountains in this "worth a read" article.



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ASPCA | Top 10 Air Travel Tips

ASPCA | Top 10 Air Travel Tips | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it

"Traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and the four-legged members of your family. But with thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone."

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This post takes you through the paces from pre-preparation vet visits and health certificates, to microchipping, checking that collar tags have destination information included and so much more. It is a true "how-to" you can bookmark for future use.


A great tip that could save your pets' life: do not travel with your pet in the cargo hold when it is summer weather. Delays on the ground -- and we all know how many of those there are these days -- in a hot cargo hold can kill a dog quickly.


Check the airline's policy - will they allow you to deplane and remove your dog from cargo if there are delays you feel are unsafe for your pet's health? Airlines are probably not proactive in this area, so it's up to you to keep your dog safe.

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Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cities, Priceline.com

Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cities, Priceline.com | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Traveling with pets has become more common but some destinations are more pet friendly than others. If you want to travel with your pet, you might want to head to a pet-friendly city.
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I was interested to find that Priceline has come out with its annual top ten pet friendly cities list. They base their decision on the number of pet friendly hotels and off-leash parks there are, and also on "walkability." I guess I haven't been to the top spot in a long while, since it has long been known for its sprawl as a city, but there's always a downtown area where shops and entertainment are in easy reach. I do know others on this list, and agree with more choices than not.


Pet friendly is a term that is evolving, and families traveling with pets are expecting more than availability of hotels and parks. They want to spend the day sightseeing with their pets, stop for lunch, and place the dog in daycare only for few hours to tour a museum or other activity that might reasonably exclude pets.That's a more significant measure of pet friendly =) What do you think?

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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips for your upcoming vacation - Washington Times

Dog-Friendly Travel Tips for your upcoming vacation - Washington Times | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Washington Times Dog-Friendly Travel Tips for your upcoming vacation Washington Times Take the time to write instructions for your pet host including feeding times and portions, and important phone numbers (your vet's information and where you can...
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There will be times when your dog would be happier at home than traveling with you and this article offers one suggestion for finding pet sitters (dogvacay.com) and one for a pet hotel (petsmart). These can be good choices. I would add that one-size does not fit all and it is so important to find a good fit for your dog that ensures he has a good time too.


If you find yourself confused by the choices and don't feel comfortable with any of them, don't forget to ask friends who also have dogs who they have been happy with. Check to see if your town has a Pet Concierge business. They help you find all kinds of things for your pets, and while they are fee-based, it may be just the service to help you organize your thoughts and decide what will work best.


I like the list of things to remember when leaving your dog anywhere: feeding schedule, food, a second leash just in case of course, but check out the rest of the list - it's helpful!



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Ridiculously cute hotel lobby pets

Ridiculously cute hotel lobby pets | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Though most hotels don't welcome pets, that hasn't stop some from using them as greeters. The lobbies of many high end hotels are made homier by the presence of furry and feathered hotel staffers.
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That photo looks like the type of place I'd like to go!  This is Marcus, mascot for the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and he can be your companion while hiking Banff National Park.


Conde Nast Traveler lists some hotels that may not yet be pet-friendly, but having started with a mascot -- how far away can they be -- and have included dog parks and pet-friendly cafes for hotels that accept pets in pupular locales (had to do it) across the globe!


It's a good thing that pets are being recognized as a positive addition to hotel life.

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Pet Travel Hazards Tick Bites, Stoned Dogs

The Independent (blog) Barking Blondes: Tick Bite Prevention Week, dog shampoo and stoned dogs The Independent (blog) However with the popularity of the Pet Passport Scheme and the easier travel across mainland Europe for pets and livestock that...
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While this article was not strictly about pet travel, it made an important contribution to the topic by bringing up the fact that pets are traveling with much greater ease now more than ever. That means we need to pay attention to problems that are not of concern in our own hometowns.


Ticks can infect your dog with Lyme disease, and if it's not normally a concern for you, you might not look close enough at your dog to discover these critters hitching a ride. Worse, when symptoms of Lyme disease show up, you may not connect the dots...


The problem of visiting new dog parks requires information from local dog savvy people. Just as you know which parks are well-tended without the too rowdy dogs, so too can locals offer important insight for safe play for your dog. Now the problem of an irresponsible person who left their pot behind and the poor dog who ate it...probably not all that usual, but it definitely drives home the point =)

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Pet Travel Safety, Subaru and Center for Pet Safety Take on Pet Restraints

Pet Travel Safety, Subaru and Center for Pet Safety Take on Pet Restraints | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Pet safety in some pet products is determined by the manufacturer without any formal testing, more marketing slogan than scientific fact
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I am amazed there are no scientific testing standards used to gauge the safety and efficacy of pet restraints. Since the advent of pet seat belts these products have been giving pet parents a false sense of safety.Here's what Subaru is helping the Center for Pet Safety with:


"The Center for Pet Safety is not affiliated with the pet product industry. The organization uses scientific testing and references Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to study pet products and establish criteria and test protocols to measure whether pet safety products provide the protection claimed by advocates and intended by the manufacturer.


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Pet Travel on Cruise Control

"Our most recent adventure put us on the open road with our pets, and opened our eyes to just how far the country has come in accommodating canine companions. Hitting the road with Rover has never been easier, thanks to car manufacturers designing for dog, an abundance of pet-friendly hotels in every port (and for every budget!) and even dog runs at interstate rest stops."

Mary E Haight's insight:

What the author says about pet travel is true - there is an ever-expanding number of businesses going pet-friendly, and I mean "friendly", not merely tolerant.

 

I know large and small chain hotels are offering special packages and perks for families bringing their four-legged members along, making it clear they love dogs too from their attentive staff to their knowledge of pet friendly venues around town.

 

Prefer the charms of a small family-owned place? Once unheard of, B&Bs have been coming into this market, too.

 

One reason families might put off taking their pets along is concern about tensions that arise during the hours (and hours) of car travel inbetween stops. I think adding your pet(s) to the mix can be a great way to remind you how to release that tension: plan your rest stops, make sure everyone gets to walk it off - you'll hear no complaints from the dog - where suitable, maybe a good game of catch ready you for the next leg of the trip.

 

Pets are truly part of the family and taking them on family trips means a little extra planning and organization, but it's only a new task once!

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Time spent beside a river - Tales from the Backroad

Time spent beside a river - Tales from the Backroad | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Time spent beside a river, is never wasted time.


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When traveling the backroads of the US with dogs, you get to know them on a different level. Here lazing by a river is an opportunity for one dog to catch minnows and another to learn to be less afraid of swimming...


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Pet Policy Necessitates Planning at Carlsbad Caverns

Pet Policy Necessitates Planning at Carlsbad Caverns | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
It's common knowledge among pet travelers that most of the national parks in the US have strict policies regarding pets, and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico is no exception. Fortunately, a helpful RVer...
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Pet travel to national parks takes a lot of planning....even the weather might mean an adjustment to your hiking plans. Once the weather gets over 70 degrees, Go Pet Friendly advises you are not allowed to leave your dog(s) in your vehicle and go off exploring. Hooray for pet safety! But you can see that planning well will help avoid little upsets in your trip.


If your dogs are not reactive or cage shy, you can rent a kennel in an air-conditioned room for $6 a day. The room is not attended and you are responsible for potty breaks.


Get the inside scoop from Go Pet Friendly!



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Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) Program Begins at LAX

"PUP (Pets Unstressing Passengers) is a new program at LAX that hopes to provide a less stressful airport environment for passengers. As one of the few programs of its kind in the United States, the LAX PUPs program features 30 trained dogs and handlers roaming all terminal boarding gates, 7-days a week..."


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Here's a little gem you may have missed! When traveling with pets there's an added element of stress and a few airports decided to find a way to help calm passengers - one of them is LAX PUPS. At the LA airport, thirty dogs roam with big "Pet Me" red jackets on.


I think this is a fun program, but also helpful with those passengers who might otherwise pop a gasket, roll off the rails, throw a tantrum, have a hissy fit because of delays and other surprises...you get the idea! Much better to try to stem escalating anxieties with dogs than with airport security, which generally has the opposite effect.


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Pet Passport & Medical Record

Pet Passport & Medical Record | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Pet Passport Medical Record is a place where you can keep all of your pet's medical records during pet travel.
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Part of traveling with pets means keeping organized paperwork, easily retrieved for reference should an emergency arise. Microchip number, vaccinations and titers taken, allergies, photo ID, emergency contacts, pet medical insurance all get more attention when you're traveling abroad.


This is not a sponsored curation, (LOL) -- I tripped across this and thought it was really very useful and something that you might also like. It's 5 ¾ inches by 8 ¾ inches. The cover is a heavy dark blue linen finish with silver embossing and thermal binding.



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Oscar’s Travels Around the World

Oscar’s Travels Around the World | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Meet Oscar - the Alsatian, Corgi, Cocker Spaniel, and Basset Hound mix (as revealed through a DNA test) - was rescued by Joanne Lefson from the
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And now for something completely different: Pet travel from another perspective, Dog travels for a cause - Oscar was spokesdog for homeless dogs worldwide, traveling to more countries around the world than most people see in a lifetime.


Read the story of Oscar's World Woof Tour and his second chance at a happy life when he was adopted from the SPCA in Cape Town South Africa in 2009.


Kudos to Joanne Lefson, Oscar's "mom", for taking the opportunity to spotlight the plight of the roughly 500 million homeless pets as she and Oscar traveled across the globe.



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6 Things to Train Your Dog to Do Before You Travel, Dog, Cat and other Pet Friendly Travel Articles

6 Things to Train Your Dog to Do Before You Travel, Dog, Cat and other Pet Friendly Travel Articles | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Taking our dogs on trips can be fun and a great bonding experience. It stimulates their minds and senses when they get to explore new environments and we don't
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I really liked the thought that was put into this article as it is one of the few that does two things most don't: It talks about reinforcing training cues, and suggests how to put dogs through a dry run by taking them to unfamiliar places where they are likely to be less interested in your signals than the new surrounds. This will really help in determining just how much training reinforcement work you've got ahead of you.


There are other tips that have more value than the run-of-the-mill answers I've come across. Enjoy and happy traveling!



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An American Dog Abroad: Cosmo Havanese, Canine Ambassador to Italy - Animal Cafe

An American Dog Abroad: Cosmo Havanese, Canine Ambassador to Italy - Animal Cafe | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it

"Americans who travel around Europe often marvel at how well treated dogs are in some countries, how the four-legged are incorporated into the routines of public life with a minimum of fuss. Just one more member of the family, the attitude seems to be, a bit furrier."

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Great post and podcast on the ins and outs of international travel, with links to posts on prepping a dog for the long flight, and filling out the paperwork.  Also included is how to handle the sometimes lack of convenient potty area when the dog must "go", airport floor or not.


I had a wonderful time listening to the experiences had and what it was like to take your dog everywhere without question. Even if you have not thought about taking Junior overseas to travel, there's nothing wrong with a few vicarious thrills -- you might find it awakens the adverturer in you!

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Dog Friendly B&B - A Castle in South Wales

Dog Friendly B&B - A Castle in South Wales | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it

A scenic parkland setting in the Welsh countryside with mountain views, this dog friendly hotel has the accommodations you seek when traveling with pets.

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I was really happy to find this site - a dog friendly castle in Wales. The front page takes the perspective of a dog sniffing out all the things that any dog would love about the place! The shallow river to swim in, the fenced dog friendly park and 40 acres of countryside to explore.


The pictures are impressive and plentiful. If only all dog friendly hotels were so thorough in presenting their properties! There was also news on the temperpedic type dog beds now available - nice attention to detail.


For now this is armchair travel day-dreaming, but I could see myself staying there with my dog and I bet you'll feel the same!

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Third Round Now Open, Best City for Pet Travelers Tournament!

Third Round Now Open, Best City for Pet Travelers Tournament! | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Pet travelers from around the country are voicing their opinions on the Best City for Pet Travelers, and we're down to thirty-two competitors remaining in the tournament.

There were some nail-biter...
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Ever been involved in a NCAA Tournament? Well, welcome to the Pet Travel version of March Madness! What's the best city for pet travelers? Get it straight from the source here - complete with trash talk as contestants defend their chosen cities. You can be sure they will be digging up dirt on other cities as they move ahead in the tournament.


Whatever mud-slinging is flung, you'll be the winner getting a good picture of what cities offer to the pet traveling public! Go ahead and vote for your favorite while there's still time.


I think this is a very clever idea - a fun way to take in a lot of information about places across the country that support pet travel.

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Travel with Your Pet, How to Be Invited Back

Travel with Your Pet, How to Be Invited Back | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
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Not everyone knows the basics of traveling with pets etiquette. Many pet parents, in fact, often forget that dogs are not beloved by all -- I know, strange but true!


There are more than a few thoughtful points made in this article, targeting the idea of how to be a welcome guest wherever you and your dogs go -- to family and friends or hotels and guest homes. I'll give you a teaser: Don't arrive frazzled, but take enough breaks on the way so that everyone is relaxed and happy to arrive at the destination. No need to have a dog bounding out of the car to end up relieving himself on the driveway of the inn.


With vacations right around the corner, this is a handy list - you may want to save it =)

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Destinations Across the US - Read All About Them!

Destinations Across the US - Read All About Them! | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it
Thinking of visiting Yellowstone with your dog? Perhaps you're trying to decide if your cat would prefer Washington, DC or Savannah, GA. You might only make one or two trips a year, so there's a lot o...
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Planning vacations with your pets takes a lot of time: You've got to figure out where to go that will provide the best experience for you and your family and that your furry family member(s) won't be stuck with strangers because no where in your sightseeing list do they allow pets on the grounds, in the building, at the restaurant, etc.


I think GoPetFriendly has provided a fantastic service to pet travel loving families everywhere. Simply click on a town and State and you'll be able to read a first hand account of their visit, what they thought of the town, how welcomed (or not) their two large dogs were, along with pictures of where the family visited while in the area.


I have had a great time armchair-traveling through their posts, and I bet you will agree that it's always a plus to get the scoop on "hidden gems" from those who know. A thoughtful, useful resource for your yearly hunt and to enjoy at your leisure throughout the year.



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Pet Travel - Passenger Safety Tips

Pet Travel - Passenger Safety Tips | Pet Travel Tips | Scoop.it

"Jennifer Davidson from AAA discusses the importance of pet passenger safety and demonstrates how you can secure your pet."

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I like the video showing a little of how to secure animals in the car using a variety of methods. We must use what we have for now, but there is news in this area of pet products which you can read about in the next post on safety standards.


Since no science exists on the true capabilities of pet restraint products to actually do the job intended in a crash, without causing undue harm to your pet or the people in the vehicle, an organization has been formed to address this gap.


Preliminary testing has been done on four popular models of pet restraint and the results were uniform failure. None kept the pet safe.

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