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Pet Travel Activities When the Weather Won’t Cooperate
12/07/15 at 02:03 PM | Published Under Travel with Dogs
There is no denying that the weather can have a huge impact on your plans when you’re traveling with your dogs. Blazing summer heat, torrential rain, or the bite of winter are more than an inconvenience – they can pose serious health concerns for you and furry travel companions.
So what is there to do when the weather’s not cooperating? A little creativity and some planning can keep foul weather from derailing your next dog friendly trip. Here are three activities to consider, no matter the weather:
Indoor Dog Playgrounds
Imagine a facility that offers all the benefits of an outdoor dog park, without the hassle of rain, heat, or frosty temperatures. These indoor dog parks have all the amenities needed to keep your pup entertained! From “grassy” areas, to obstacle courses, these facilities provide a great alternative to traditional outdoor parks. Many indoor dog parks divide their space, so small dogs can play separately from larger dogs, and some even offer private play sessions for dogs that don’t enjoy the company of other canines.
Indoor dog parks generally charge a fee to use their facilities, and each one sets its own rules, restrictions, and requirements of membership. Proof of vaccination and an initial meeting will likely be required to ensure that all dogs are healthy and not aggressive. It’s a bit like a gym membership for your dog - where the safety and health of your pets and other guests are a top priority.
Shop ‘til You Drop
What could be better than spending a blustery weekend shopping with your best friend? Of course, pet supply stores, like Petco, welcome all kinds of animal shoppers – and it’s probably your dog’s favorite to sniff for deals – but many major retailers have pet friendly policies that make it easy to shop with your well-behaved dogs.
Policies vary by location and you should always call ahead or ask a staff member before entering a store with your dog, but the following chains are known to be especially pet friendly: Apple Store, Anthropologie, Barnes and Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Bed Bath and Beyond, Bloomingdales, Footlocker, Home Depot, Lowes, LUSH Cosmetics, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue, and The GAP.
When unpleasant weather is in the cards, nothing makes you feel better than a bit of pampering, and scheduling a spa day for yourself and your pooch may be just the ticket. Drop your dog at the groomer for a lovely wash, nail trim, and haircut, while you enjoy a facial and massage, and you’ll both be refreshed at the end of the day. Some pet friendly hotels even offer doggy spa packages, but those that don’t should be able to recommend a good local groomer.
Proper grooming is important for health of your dog, so why not make it into a treat on a day when the weather keeps you indoors? You’ll need to pre-plan a visit to a spa or groomer, as most do not take walk-in appointments, but if inclement weather is in the forecast a reservation might the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
December’s Featured Destination from Take Paws
Each month we tip you off to a place we’ve visited and that we think you’d enjoy sniffing around. With winter closing in, it may be time to look for a nice warm place to vacation.
Well-known for its extremely dog friendly atmosphere, Austin is a city where you’ll have a “ruff” time deciding what to do first! There are oodles of pet friendly hotels in Austin, and even more restaurants that welcome pets on the their patios. With the basics easily covered, there’s more time to explore what to do for fun! From dog beaches, to hiking trails, to shopping, there’s no end to the dog friendly entertainment options in the Heart of Texas.
Author bio: Amy Burkert runs the award-winning pet travel website, GoPetFriendly.com, which makes it easy to plan a trip with your entire family. Her blog, Take Paws, is an encyclopedia of pet travel tips, pet friendly destination advice, and stories of the adventures she and her husband share as they travel full-time in their motorhome with their dogs, Ty and Buster.