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Travelling with Fido.

I am always on the hunt for great places to visit with my wonderful pup “Jack”. Recently I was in Paso Robles visiting a friend of mine for a few days and was amazed at just how many places were pet friendly! In looking for more of these gems, I found this site http://petfriendlytravelincalifornia.com/ which is full of great advice, locations and tips.

One of the first things to consider is the temperament of your pet. If they do not normally like strangers or people in general, then planning a vacation of restaurants and wineries is probably going to stress both you and your dog beyond your limits. Some questions to ask are… Does your dog sit and stay when told? Can they settle down and wait quietly while you place a food order or are in a crowd? Do they need all of your attention when with you? Are they a barker or a biter? These are all questions that will help you decide whether your dog is a good candidate for travel partner or best left in the care of a sitter.

If your dog is able to adapt to most circumstances and join in the fun without encroaching on the comfort of those around you, then you are set for a trip to most “Pet Friendly” locales. If your dog needs more space and running around time and does not like populated places, then check out the beaches and camping locations. That way both you and your precious pet will have a blast!

Jack is still young, but is trained to sit and stay and LOVES people! (Maybe too much.) He is smart enough to know when to settle down but, I have to really work him with a good run every day or his energy explodes despite his efforts to be polite. A beach vacation is perfect for us because he can out run the waves for hours and is calm when it is time to hit the restaurants. It just takes planning and consideration of both your pet and those around you…not a bad trade for a great vacation!

We will be visiting some of these wonderful locations with Jack so that you too can see what is in store for you when you pack their favorite toy and head out to see the world!

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