Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.

Dog-Friendly Vacations in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Stores-Orvis Retail Store




Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont

Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store

Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.
Dog-Friendly Orvis Stores

Dexter The Dog and I love visiting dog-friendly stores and we love our outdoor adventures, so the Orvis Retail Store in Manchester, Vermont was a must-see. After all, it is the Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.

Orvis is known for their fly-fishing gear and Dexter and I snooped around at all their displays. My step-dad is a fly fisherman and I knew he would have loved all that Orvis had to offer. They even had a neat bulk fly fishing section where you can purchase and make your own flies. To top it off, Orvis offers FREE fly fishing classes. Yes, I’m thinking Vermont may need to be a do-over with my step-dad and Mom.

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Pet friendly stores in Manchester, Vermont
Dexter and Levi

After Dexter, Levi, Chris and I toured the inside of Orvis, we headed to the outside. It was time to see the trout pond that doubles as a hands-on experience during the fly fishing classes. But before stepping out, we purchased a handful of trout food to feed the trout. Dexter was thrilled and excited to see the big trout coming up for the food. He really loves watching fish—he’s a fishing dog! After we had given the trout all of their food, we walked around the pond and even sat for a few moments on one of the many benches while we watched the families enjoying feeding the trout.

The Orvis flagship store is definitely a great place to stop on any dog-friendly vacation. Don’t forget to bring some spending money, as Orvis sells a nice variety of dog supplies, including beds and collars.


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Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.
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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 

Dog-Friendly Vermont Vacations | Bennington, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument

Dog-Friendly Vacations

Dog-Friendly Vermont Day Trips

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Day Trips with Dogs

During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. I went inside The Monument Gift where they not only sold souvenirs from the Battle of Bennington in 1777, but tickets to tour the 306-foot-tall monument. I asked if the monument tour was dog-friendly and they explained as long as the tour guide was okay with it, yes. He was, so we did!

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Dog-Friendly Bennington, Vermont

As the tour guide, Dexter, Levi, Chris and I took the elevator ride to the top of the Bennington Battle Monument, the tour guide provided us with a little lesson on the monument’s history. A group of people wanted to commemorate the Battle of Bennington and decided a monument would be a great way to memorialize the battle and at the same time store all the military supplies which had been the object of the battle.

After some funding and design issues, a proposal from John Phillipp Rinn, an architect from Boston, was approved. William Ward of Lowell, Massachusetts was hired as the contractor. The foundation was laid in 1887 and the monument was completed in 1891. The monument is constructed from blue-grey magnesian limestone and rough-faced, with the exception of two horizontal bands near the observatory level. The observation level has 20 eleven-foot slotted openings that provide a wonderful view of the area.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Vermont Dog Activities

The tour guide told us we could visit as long as we wanted, there was no hurry. We strolled around the top of the monument, looking out all the windows. From the observation level, we could see Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. The view was amazing and Dexter really enjoyed sniffing the windows. The inside wall of the observation level had large aerial photos of the area. It was quite a unique experience.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Pet-Friendly Vermont Day Trips

After our inside tour of the monument, we went back down to stroll the grounds, which had a number of additional monuments and memorials. The four of us had a really nice dog-friendly day trip visiting Bennington Battle Monument. If you find yourself in the area, grab your dog and camera, and go check it out.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Bennington, Vermont Dog-Friendly Tours


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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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Dog-friendly vacations in Manchester, Vermont. Traveling with your dogs in Vermont is so much fun. Check out one of the best dog friendly vacations and dog friendly hotel in Vermont, The Wilburton Inn.

Dog-Friendly Vacations | Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont | Wilburton Inn

Traveling With Dogs on Dog-Friendly Vacations

Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont, Wilburton Inn

Dog-friendly vacations in Manchester, Vermont. Traveling with your dogs in Vermont is so much fun. Check out one of the best dog friendly vacations and dog friendly hotel in Vermont, The Wilburton Inn.
Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont |Wilburton Inn

Dexter The Dog and I have always wanted to take a dog-friendly vacation in Vermont. In October 2016, we finally had our chance, and traveled with another cavalier friend, Levi, and his Mom, Chris. Not only were we planning a lot of dog-friendly day-trips in Vermont, we also planned on chilling out in our dog-friendly Inn, the Wilburton Inn to be exact. And yes, the Inn owners also have a cavalier named Jet!

Our drive from Ohio to Vermont was a bit stressful, as we drove in with a wintery mix. That’s not the way I like to travel, but it is what it is. We finally arrived late at night and drove up the windy scenic road to the Inn’s check in. The innkeeper was very friendly and provided us with check-in instructions for our villa.

We stayed in The Strawberry Inn Villa on the first floor. The villa can be rented either in its entirety or by up to six separate guests, which is what we did. The Wilburton Inn was named one of the top eight elegant US Mansion hotels by CNN, so I was a little concerned that it would be too fancy for us. But I was pleasantly surprised at how homey the room felt.

Dog-Friendly Vacations | Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont |Wilburton Inn
Dog-Friendly Wilburton Inn

Our accommodation included two wooden queen beds on the ground floor with a large en suite bathroom with a shower and tub. The room also had a couple of sitting chairs, TV, and mini fridge. This was perfect for holding Dexter’s home-cooked meals.

The Strawberry Villa also included a large shared kitchen and dining space that we did not utilize. There was also a nice outside sitting area that we also did not use.

Although we spent most of our dog-friendly Vermont vacation touring the area, we did spend some time at the Wilburton Inn for a few fun adventures. First, a little history on the Wilburton Inn’s inspiring tale.

Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont |Wilburton Inn
Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont |Wilburton Inn

In the early 1900s, the Wilburton was the largest gentleman’s farm in town. The current innkeeper’s eldest son, Oliver, and his wife Bonnie, continue this tradition. They grow organic heirloom produce along with baking artisanal hearth breads and, from what I hear, famous veggie burgers. They are well-known throughout New England and beyond for their high-quality organic foods.

The Wilburton Inn offers rental houses, villas, and mansions throughout their thirty-acre hillside. These historic Vermont rentals feature dramatic mountain views. As we walked around the grounds, we enjoyed the artwork and sculptures throughout our walk. They also have a museum and workshops throughout the year.

Traveling with dogs in Vermont.
Dog-Friendly Vermont Hotels

The Wilburton Inn also proudly grows botanicals, including herbs. Obviously, after a winter storm, we weren’t able to enjoy this firsthand. Another fun feature is that lead gardener Daba Kydner also provides private herbal consultations. I just may need to take another trip to Vermont in the spring.

Dog-friendly Vermont hotels, accommodations and vacations
Dog-Friendly Vermont Vacations

If you are looking for a dog-friendly vacation rental in Manchester, Vermont, I encourage you to check out the Wilburton Inn. Tell them that Dexter The Dog sent you!


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Dog-friendly vacations in Manchester, Vermont. Traveling with your dogs in Vermont is so much fun. Check out one of the best dog friendly vacations and dog friendly hotel in Vermont, The Wilburton Inn.
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Dog-Friendly Restaurants: Findlay, Ohio: Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Dog-Friendly Day Trips: Findlay, Ohio

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Findlay, Ohio: Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Review

Cheddar's From Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s From Scratch Kitchen

After our dog-friendly visit at Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls, it was time to grab some lunch. We were driving around Findlay, Ohio and saw Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Restaurant, and we noticed they had a patio. I hopped out and asked the staff if the patio was dog-friendly, and with an enthusiastic “yes,” we had found our lunch spot! I grabbed Dexter The Dog, Grandma, and Eddie, and we sat down at one of the tables on Cheddar’s outdoor patio.

 

Queso with beef dip
Queso with beef dip

Our waitress was extremely friendly and welcomed Dexter. Our beverages came out in a flash, as well as our chips and homemade queso with beef dip. Oh, my. I’m a fan of queso dip; I eat it at a local Mexican restaurant almost every Friday, but this was different – cheddar cheese with seasoned ground beef and man, was it good. The melted cheese had a smoky flavor, and it made for a very unique and tasty appetizer. The tortilla chips were light and not greasy. I really went to town eating them; I think I had more than my 1/3 of the order! Sorry, Mom and Ed.

 

The manager came out to say hello and told us a story of a guest who called just the week prior to ask if dogs were allowed on the patio. This was actually a new concept for the manager, and he said sure. And now, we were the second dog guests at Cheddar’s in Findlay, Ohio. He was very pleasant, and I sure hope Dexter made a good impression.

Dog-Friendly Cheddar's Restaurant
Dog-Friendly Cheddar’s Restaurant

Cheddar’s menu was quite large, and the prices were beyond reasonable. I actually had a hard time choosing what I was going to have for lunch. Usually there are only one or two items on a menu I even like, but that was not the case at Cheddar’s. I went for the Cheddar’s club sandwich on toasted potato bread, with fresh, hand-cut fries. My mom ordered the fried fish tacos and my step-dad, Ed went crazy and ordered the Monte Cristo.

We were all extremely impressed with the quality of the food. Everything tasted great and was fresh and crisp, and I could totally tell it was from scratch. My club sandwich was stacked high with smoked ham, smoked turkey, bacon, American cheese, cheddar cheese and the works on condiments. The bread was toasted and had a really nice taste and texture. Dexter enjoyed some of my fries; I just couldn’t say no to those eyes. I wasn’t prepared for a lunch outing, so I had not packed him a stuffed food treat toy.

Club
Club
Fried Fish Tacos
Fried Fish Tacos
Fresh Side Salad
Fresh Side Salad

Leftovers? You bet. We were so full, we didn’t have room for dessert, but that’s OK – we got dessert to go. And I really appreciated their small, bite-sized dessert minis, so I was able to order both hand-made key lime pie cheesecake and chocolate trifle. The leftovers were great for dinner, and topping it off with those dessert minis really made this trip to Cheddar’s a home run. We are already planning our next outing to Findlay, Ohio, just to go to Cheddar’s!

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Dog-friendly restaurant: 2100 Tiffin Ave, Findlay, OH 45840


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Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio

Dog-Friendly Ohio: Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio

Dog-Friendly Ohio:  Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio

Dog-Friendly Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls, Findlay, Ohio

Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio
Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio

Off to the races, the Dachshund races! Dexter and I were invited by one of our Doxie friends to come out to the Findlay Doxie Downs Dachshund Races in Findlay, Ohio. Since Findlay is only about an hour away, we couldn’t say no. We packed our dog day trip gear and headed to Findlay.

Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio
Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio

We arrived at Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls mid-morning and were welcomed by some cute Dachshund signs. We could tell by the signs where we needed to go – just follow the wiener dogs. 😉 The Dachshund races were held inside one of the many shelter houses around the park. The dog costume party was happening as we arrived. There were Dachshunds to our right and to our left, and they were so cute!

We didn’t stay long at the races; we decided to check out the beautiful park. Riverside Park in Findlay, Ohio didn’t disappoint. The park grounds were well-maintained, with a variety of trails to choose from. We walked along the waterfront, since Dexter is always up to getting his toes wet. Dexter enjoyed the scenic views of the waterfalls, the dam, and the overlook deck. He also enjoyed watching the ducks and sniffing anything that caught his attention.

Dog-Friendly Day Trips
Dog-Friendly Day Trips

Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls also offers canoe and kayak rentals. This was very tempting, but I did not have Dexter’s dog life jacket, so it was a no-go on this outing. We continued to walk the park until we were ready to call it a day and find a local dog-friendly restaurant.

Pet-Friendly Ohio
Pet-Friendly Ohio


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Best Beach Vacations: Florida

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Dexter The Dog loves to go on dog-friendly vacations. If you are traveling with your dogs, check out some of our fun destinations in the Vacations with Your Dog section.

Dog-Friendly South Carolina
Dog-Friendly South Carolina
Vacations with Dogs: North Carolina
Vacations with Dogs: North Carolina
Traveling with Dogs: New Jersey
Traveling with Dogs: New Jersey
Dog-Friendly Road Trips: Michigan
Dog-Friendly Road Trips: Michigan
Dog-Friendly DEXTER Michigan
Dog-Friendly DEXTER Michigan
Best Beach Vacations: Florida
Best Beach Vacations: Florida
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in North Redington Beach, Florida : The Sweet Sage Cafe. On our first trip to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique, (yes, we ate there three times - it was that good), I was impressed by the tranquil and fun outdoor seating area. It was huge and full of such fun and eclectic items. The staff was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. Dexter was greeted with enthusiasm and they brought him his own water bowl as they sat us.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants: Sweet Sage Cafe | North Redington Beach, Florida

Dog-Friendly Restaurants: Sweet Sage Cafe | North Redington Beach, Florida

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in North Redington Beach, Florida : The Sweet Sage Cafe. On our first trip to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique, (yes, we ate there three times - it was that good), I was impressed by the tranquil and fun outdoor seating area. It was huge and full of such fun and eclectic items. The staff was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. Dexter was greeted with enthusiasm and they brought him his own water bowl as they sat us.
Large Dog Menu

During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, dog-friendly restaurants were at the top of our list. I mean, we all love to eat, including Dexter The Dog. When planning our dog-friendly vacations, I do a little online research first. I look for restaurants that have outdoor seating, then I hit the email to inquire if they are dog-friendly. Just because a cafe has outdoor seats does not mean they allow dogs. I was tickled to find Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique not only allowed dogs, but catered to them with their own dog menu! I don’t have to tell you that feeding Dexter real food is always the way to go. Scrambled eggs for Dexter all the way.

On our first trip to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique, (yes, we ate there three times – it was that good), I was impressed by the tranquil and fun outdoor seating area. It was huge and full of such fun and eclectic items. The staff was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. Dexter was greeted with enthusiasm and they brought him his own water bowl as they sat us.

My Monster Mug on Left

While we sipped our fresh coffee and freshly squeezed tangerine juice we chatted with each other about the cute décor. We immediately had to go inside and check out the gift shop, where there was a nice selection of dog-themed gifts. Hmm, maybe I should see if they would like to sell What’s For Dinner, Dexter? I bought a monster dog mug, I just couldn’t resist.

Sweet Sage is open daily from 7-2 with a breakfast and lunch menu. Choosing what to eat each time was a challenge because of all the great menu items. First up, classic French toast and bananas and coconut! Oh, and not too eggie. I LOVE French toast but hate it when they make it so eggie and mushy. This was perfect. I’m hungry just looking at the photo. Next up, was a homemade jumbo muffin. Yum. I love my bakery goods. Last, but certainly not least were these two huge pancakes filled with, you guessed it, bananas and a great sweet sauce. No, I’m not a sugar junkie.

Seriously Great French Toast

At every visit, our food arrived quickly, we were greeted with a smile and well taken care of. The food was hot, fresh and tasty. I really enjoyed the casual and friendly atmosphere at Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique. The dog-friendly atmosphere made this a very welcoming place to eat. The Sweet Sage is a wonderful neighborhood family restaurant that I definitely recommend. So, bring your favorite canine and head over to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique. Tell them Dexter The Dog sent you.

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What would this be a place you and your dog would enjoy?  Tell me in the comments.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in North Redington Beach, Florida : The Sweet Sage Cafe. On our first trip to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique, (yes, we ate there three times - it was that good), I was impressed by the tranquil and fun outdoor seating area. It was huge and full of such fun and eclectic items. The staff was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. Dexter was greeted with enthusiasm and they brought him his own water bowl as they sat us.
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Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina’s on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina’s on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida

 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in St. Pete Beach, Florida: Nina’s on the Beach Cafe

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review from Nina’s on the Beach Cafe . However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.

When my family, including Dexter The Dog, and I arrived at Nina’s on the Beach Cafe for lunch, we were impressed to see that the outdoor tables were clean and shaded by large table umbrellas. We choose a table that had a slight view of the water. Our server came quickly after we sat down and welcomed us, including Dexter.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida
Dog-Friendly Outdoor Cafes in Florida

Nina’s offers breakfast and lunch service from 11am – 2pm. The menu offered a variety of food items including soups, salads, breakfast foods, and sandwiches. It wasn’t going to be an easy decision for me since there were a variety of menu items I would enjoy. I ended up going for the club sandwich, a triple-decker BLT with turkey and a side of french fries. My mom went for the Reuben sandwich and my step-dad went for the triple-decker club sandwich with ham.

Dog-Friendly Outdoor Cafes in Florida
Great food and pet-friendly!

Our food arrived quickly and it was obvious by just looking at the plate that the ingredients were fresh. The club sandwiches were delicious, moist and filling. The french fries were crispy and not greasy with a great flavor. I hate greasy food! My mom said her Reuben was perfect and the meat was lean and not fatty like some other Reuben sandwiches. The portion sizes were great, although my Mom only had room for half of her sandwich; it was packed high with corned beef!

Unique outdoor cafes that allow dogs in Florida
OMG Tasty!

I really enjoyed the casual and friendly atmosphere at Nina’s on the Beach Cafe. The service was very welcoming and quick. The food and location were perfect for a dog-friendly casual dining experience. Nina’s on the Beach Cafe is a good neighborhood family restaurant that I can recommend. So bring the pooch and head on out to St. Pete to enjoy this dog-friendly cafe.

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 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.
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Finding a dog-friendly hotel can sometimes be a challenge. Believe me, I know. I also understand why so many hotels have a no dog or no pet policy. What!? Why would a dog-crazy mom say that? Because some dog guardians are just plain rude and inconsiderate. When dog owners travel with their dogs, they have an obligation to be a very polite and unobtrusive guest. This goes for Fido too.

Dog Friendly Vacations, Pet Friendly Hotels | Hotel Dog Etiquette

Traveling with Dogs

Dog Hotel Etiquette and Guidelines

Finding a dog-friendly hotel can sometimes be a challenge. Believe me, I know. I also understand why so many hotels have a no dog or no pet policy. What!? Why would a dog-crazy mom say that? Because some dog guardians are just plain rude and inconsiderate. When dog owners travel with their dogs, they have an obligation to be a very polite and unobtrusive guest. This goes for Fido too.
Traveling with dog

 

Finding a dog-friendly hotel can sometimes be a challenge. Believe me, I know. I also understand why so many hotels have a no dog or no pet policy. What!? Why would a dog-crazy mom say that? Because some dog guardians are just plain rude and inconsiderate. When dog owners travel with their dogs, they have an obligation to be a very polite and unobtrusive guest. This goes for Fido too.

Here are my top tips for good doggy hotel etiquette.

  1. Clean Dog: Before you pack your dog on his dog vacation, make sure he is clean and well-groomed. Dogs do not have to have a doggy smell; if he does, he is overdue for a dog bath. A clean and brushed dog not only will leave less fur behind, but he will also look nice and attractive to other hotel patrons. Learn how to give your dog a bath.
  2. Flea-Free: We’ve heard about hotel bed bugs, what about dog fleas? Yuck. But, as you probably already know, I’m an advocate for safe and natural flea treatments and solutions. You, too, can have a healthy, flea-free dog by following these steps.
  3. Polite Leash Manners: It’s wonderful when you find a dog-friendly hotel, but that certainly doesn’t mean everyone wants to say hello to your dog. Don’t take offense; not everyone is a dog person, or feels comfortable with strange dogs. Keep your dog on a leash at all times when in a public location, and do not allow your dog to sniff a person or another dog without asking permission first. Keep your dog at least 5′ away from other people and dogs. Need help to teach your dog leash manners? Read more here.
  4. Pick Up After Your Dog: Got poop? If so, pick up. This means you are responsible for having at least 3 poop bags on you at all times. You never know if your dog is going to get a little stressed walking down the hall, so better safe than sorry. When you leave your house with your dog, poop bags should always be in your pocket.
  5. Dog Blanket: If your dog will be on the hotel bed, you should cover the bed with your own blanket. This will help keep the hotel room hair-free after your departure.
  6. Dog Towels: Cleanliness is key if you want to be a good dog guest. If you travel with a variety of absorbent dog towels, you will be saving the hotel cleaning crew work.
  7. No Barking: People take vacations to get away from it all, and relax and have a good time. It is not enjoyable if hotel guests have to listen to your dog barking all day and night. Learn how to teach your dog not to bark.
  8. Clean Your Room: I know, you’re not ten, but leaving your hotel room neat and tidy is going to make a nice impression. Dog people really can be enjoyable hotel guests!

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Dog Travel Essentials-Check List

Traveling with Dexter The Dog is by far my favorite pastime. Today I thought I would share Dexter’s travel checklist. These are dog traveling essentials I never leave home without, if Dexter is in tow, and let’s face it, if it’s a vacation, Dexter is going and is actually front and center in my vacation activities.

  1. Dog Id Tags: I wrote dog id tags vs. dog id tag, because when Dexter travels, he has two tags. The first dog taTraveling With Dogsg is his regular tag with our home address, cell phones, and “On Meds” ID. The second tag is made prior to our dog vacation with the address and phone number of the dog-friendly accommodation we are staying at. Let’s face it, sometimes people will look at a dog’s ID tag, and only follow through if the address is close by. By offering two contact locations, hopefully, this doubles the chance of someone returning Dexter to me. And if they don’t, let’s just say there is going to be some !@#$ to pay!
  2. Current Photo: Along the lines of having a few dog IDs, having a current photo of your dog may come in handy if he ever does get lost. This not only will increase the chances of finding him, but also helps show proof he is your dog.
  3. Medications: I would never leave home without Dexter’s medications. I make sure that I have at least one extra week of meds during all trips. I also travel with natural dog anti-nausea herbs and supplements and something for diarrhea. My current go-tos include HomeoPet Digestive UpsetsSafe JourneyRX Vitamins Clay, licorice root, slippery elm, ginger, and peppermint.
  4. Food: Once again, I recommend bringing a few extra days of your dog’s food with you when you vacation with your dog. Because I home cook for Dexter, I actually don’t have to worry too much about it, because I can always cook up a healthy meal. But, if you feed your dog a pre-made dog food, I would suggest at least 3 extra days, more if that food is a premium dog food and harder to find. I also travel with 2 glass dog food bowls and a stylish, insulated lunch bag.
  5. Fresh Water: Dexter drinks bottled water, so when we travel, I need to make sure I bring enough bottled water for the road-trip and first day or two of vacation. By day 3, I typically make a stop at the local health food store, where I can purchase more bottled water. We do travel with Dexter’s stainless steel dog water bottle.
  6. Poop Bags: We don’t leave the house without our dog poop bags! Oh, and those people who are so rude and don’t pick up after their dogs, they irk me to no end. I KNOW nobody reading this post would be so inconsiderate.
  7. Pet Wipes: We all have little accidents, especially if your dog has a flowing tail or feathers. And nothing is worse than your dog having a dirty bottom and you don’t have anything to clean it up with. Yikes. Traveling with some pet wipes saves us from this embarrassment.
  8. Dog Towels: When it rains, it may pour. A wet, stinky dog is not enjoyable for you or your dog. By having an absorbent dog towel, you can make sure your dog is dry and warm at all times.
  9. Dog First Aid Kit: This, of, course, is always in my car. However, if I’m traveling with a friend or another family member, I have to remember to bring my dog first aid kit. You never know when an emergency might happen and having the right tools, quickly, can possibly save your dog’s life. Scary to think about, but it’s best to have a plan.
  10. Veterinarian Records: The last thing you want is to be in a stressful medical situation with your dog and not have his current medical history. Blood work, medical treatments, and test results are always important pieces of your dog’s medical history to assist in current medical treatment. It is also a good idea to find a local veterinarian and emergency vet clinic near your destination and have that contact information on you at all times.
  11. Travel Dog Restraints: Unfortunately, our dog’s travel safety is not regulated. The dog restraints you may find in a pet store are not always tested for accidents. It’s a bit of the Wild West when it comes to dog safety. I wrote a post about ways to learn if your dog’s travel harness or travel crate is safe, here.
  12. Belly Bands: If you have a boy dog and there is a chance he may mark, dog belly bands are a must. Dog belly bands wrap around the boy part and prevents a dog from urinating on inappropriate spots.
  13. Toys, Bones and Chews: Don’t forget your dog is still a dog and will likely want an evening chew and play. It is a good idea to bring some of his favorites, just in case you don’t find something special at the local dog boutique.
  14. Dog Travel Bed: I never leave home without a portable dog bed for Dexter. This allows Dexter to have some comforts of home and to know where “his spot” is. This is especially helpful in a dog-friendly hotel.
  15. Long Leash: Along with your dog’s regular leash, having a nylon or floating dog leash is a great way to give your dog a little freedom, while ensuring his safety. A long dog leash can range from 10-100′.
  16. Dog Stroller: This is an always for Dexter. A dog stroller offers many benefits when traveling with your dog. If you’re like me, sometimes a daily adventure gets to be a long, long, time, a bit more than Dexter can handle walking. By having a pet stroller, I can pop Dexter inside and keep on moving. It also allows Dexter a little place to rest with some privacy. When we visit dog-friendly restaurants, it’s perfect to have Dexter inside, preventing him from getting underfoot.
  17. Camera and Video Camera: I don’t have to remind you to bring your camera on your dog-friendly vacation, do I? Maybe a gentle reminder to charge the batteries and have enough memory for all your dog photos. I dig my GoPro for video and my Nikon D5000 for photos and of course my smartphone on the go.
What travel essentials do you pack for your dog-friendly road trip?  Let me know in the comments.

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