I'll admit it: My husband, Doug, and I think of our standard poodle, Henry, as one of the kids, so we hate to leave him behind when we head off on a family vacation. Traveling with two kids and a dog certainly presents challenges -- bickering and barking from the backseat, another (drooly) mouth to feed -- but bringing along our four-legged child, uh, pal, has gotten much easier lately, thanks to a host of helpful resources. Read on to learn about websites, gear, and hotels that make tail-waggers out of travelers like Henry -- and make the rest of our family doggone happy, too.
A successful trip with a canine companion takes planning. Here's what to keep in mind:
A growing number of hotel chains, including Loews Hotels and some Best Westerns, now welcome families with pets. Loews Coronado Bay Resort even offers canine surf lessons. Still, be sure to do your homework before booking a room. Here's how:
Certain vacation spots are more welcoming than others to the furry members of our families.
Bringing a few key items, like a favorite sleeping pad or chew toy, can take the stress out of travel for a pooch. These items also come in handy:
Originally published in the December/January 2013 issue of FamilyFun