Taking a trip can be fun, but it’s safe to say that most people, miss their pets back home when they’re on vacation. Some miss their pets so much that they decide to bring ol’ Sparky with them on vacation instead of leaving him with a petsitter. Traveling with pets has its pros and cons, but there are definitely ways to make things easier on yourself if that’s something you choose to do.
The Importance of Staying In a Pet-Friendly Hotel
Of course, the most obvious first suggestion is to make sure that your hotel is pet friendly. If it’s not, well…you’ll pretty much have to rebook your stay somewhere else, which can be difficult when you’re already in the city and don’t have much access to information about the nearby hotels. Before booking a trip online, make sure that the hotel allows pets to stay there. Additionally, it’s best to ask if you can book a room on the first floor so that it’s easy to bring u your pet outside for bathroom breaks.
Of course, even in pet friendly hotels you’ll have to follow some rules—keep your pet leashed when you’re in hallways, and always clean up after your pet. Keep your dog exercised and try not to leave it alone in the hotel room for extremely long periods of time, as this can cause pet anxiety. Make sure hotel staff knows there’s a dog in the room, as well, so they don’t think a pet has been abandoned.
Keeping Your Dog Calm, Exercised, and Happy
If you’re driving for your trip, be sure to stop every few hours to let your dog stretch its legs and walk around a bit. This will keep your pet from becoming restless and agitated. While on your trip, walk your dog more frequently than you do when you’re at home to reduce stress and prevent aggressive tendencies.
Make sure you pay plenty of attention to your pet while you’re on vacation, as well—just because you’re on a trip away, doesn’t mean you can neglect the responsibilities of taking care of your pet. Make sure you keep your pet on the same food they are used to, and ask hotel staff where some dog-friendly areas are in the city you’re staying. This can be a fun trip for both you and your pet!
Search for Pet-Friendly Activities in the Area
When you’re traveling with pets, you’ll want to make sure to plan activities that include them. After all, you won’t want to leave them cooped up in the hotel for the entire length of your trip! Prior to traveling, make sure you search for pet-friendly activities in the area. In Albuquerque, for example, you can go on numerous outdoor adventures with your pet, like hiking or walking on gorgeous trails, such as the Paseo del Bosque Trail.
If you’re traveling with dogs, you could also take them to one of the many dog parks, such as the Montessa Dog Park, Santa Fe Village Dog Park, Los Altos Park and many others. You may also be surprised to learn that some tours, such as the ABQ Trolley Co. and History & Ghost Tours of Old Town, are pet-friendly! Just call in advance to make sure they’re OK with you bringing your furry friends along for the ride.
And be sure to book a room or suite at our hotel.