Dog-Friendly Travel

Bark readers love to get out with their dogs in a big way, and maybe the only thing they enjoy as much as dog-centered fun is sharing what they've learned with like-minded travelers. We're happy to share their collected travel tips below and for destinations by region on the following pages: West, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast. Enjoy!

This summer I plan to ramp up my agility training with my two Chihuahuas who compete in dog agility. None of us like competing in the hottest part of the summer, but we'll be attending fun matches and trials that offer evening runs, and regular evening training classes. Hopefully by Fall when it cools down a bit, we'll be Q'ing up a storm at local agility trials! — Veronica

We do lots of doggie camping trips and trial hikes during the year! i love when my clients include their dogs in our adventures - and the dogs love it to! — Jeanene Arrington Fisher

I take my dogs Letterboxing. The clues on Atlas Quest have an icon of a dog which means the box is dog friendly to find. I can take my dogs to any state any time of the year, log on to Atlas Quest, and find a fido friendly adventure calling our name. The clues also list distance so I can pick an adventure that fit's my Shar-Pei's activity level. — Kelly Dally

Buy name/ID tags that have a slip of paper in them that can be removed; add the important contact info for where you are staying. We have a separate ID tag for our trips to my mother’s house, since that is a destination we visit repeatedly. — Danielle Tisinger

National parks do not allow dogs, but they are allowed in most national forest areas. This leaves you with endless possibilities for fun with your dog. My dogs are at their happiest when we take them hiking. They tromp through water, run with each other and wrestle, get dirty, just be dogs. — Rebecca Whisler

If traveling by car, ensure safety of your dog by securing the dog in the car, either by a dog seatbelt attachment or enclosing him or her in a crate. That way, if you are unfortunately in an accident, you decrease the likelihood that the dog will be thrown from the car and running loose on the road. — Sara Chisnell-Voigt

Just stay at home and enjoy being with your dog. — Connie Raymond

I have a black coated Pekingese. I take him with me everywhere I go. He loves the outdoors but being black the summer heat really gets to him. So I always have a spray bottle of water with me to cool him off. And for the days we don't leave the house we sit out in the yard with the kiddie pool filled with cool water! He lives it! — Michelle Seipel

On a warm summer day my dogs and I enjoy swimming in our outdoor pool. Each of my toy poodles and I like to sit on a float in the pool and relax in the sun. My dogs also like to swim in the pool with their life jackets on while swimming after tennis balls floating in the water. Then when my dogs get out of the pool they enjoy running around the back yard trying to dry off! Great way to spend a sunny summer day! — Amy Uecker

There are many favorite things we do with our pups but the best thing is our family RV trips. We don't have to even go far, just being together is fun. Our Golden Retriever was the co-pilot and sat up front on our journeys. She would jump up into the seat and lay her head on the arm rest as we traveled. Our favorite time was in the mountains the pups looked out the windows at the deer eating grass outside. I think spending time with them is the most important thing and playing hard with them. Our Golden loved swimming in the pool and laying on the lounge pool floats and was a great Lifeguard, watching over everyone in the pool. What ever your destinations is,do something with your pet. Our golden retriever Christy Angelina Sunshine,our Co-Pilot,our life guard, our little girl and best friend passed away this week from cancer. Our summer adventure will not be the same with her gone but we will find something for our two other pups to do. We will have fun still on a new adventure barking up a storm. — Susan Evans

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