10 Great Dog-Friendly Vacation Ideas

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Whether you bring your own dogs on vacation or attend special events that feature top-performing canines, you’ll have more fun if you actually make your dog a part of your travel plans. In addition to swimming and hiking together, these are some activities you can participate in on vacation with man’s best friend (and yours).

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    Agility Competitions

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     There are several sites including the American Kennel Club site features info on agility competitions, training resources, clubs, and more info on where you can see these athletic dogs on your vacation. If you like county fairs, you may find that agility is part of the entertainment at your local festival.

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    Biking With Dogs

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    It’s more fun biking on vacation when you can bring your dogs along for the ride. Smaller dogs can fit in a basket in front of the handlebars or even in a trailer behind the back wheel. Do make sure that dogs have an opportunity to rest, relieve themselves, drink water, and avoid excessive sun exposure..

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    Canoeing With Dogs

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    If your dog is a water-loving breed who swims, consider bringing her on your next canoeing trip. Just as with humans on a canoeing vacation, dogs should be outfitted with a safety vest.

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    Dog Shows

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    Don’t yet know what types of dogs would best suit your lifestyle? Why not attend a couple of all-breed dog shows on your vacation, talk to breeders, and see what types of dogs you’re drawn to? Once you settle on the breed to add to your brood, consider adopting a rescue animal. Just about every breed club has a rescue group.

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    This is one sport you’ll need to leave to the canine professionals. A team of trained dogs can be harnessed to pull you through the snowy wilderness. Whether your vacation travels take you to Canada, the Rockies, Alaska, the upper Midwest or New England, you can hook up with an outfit that will teach you the basics and then point you and the dogs in the direction of fun and adventure.

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    Frisbee Championships

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    In almost any public park, you can see dogs catching Frisbees mid-air in impressive shows of canine athleticism — and you may practice with your own dogs as well. To see how the professionals do it, consider attending a Frisbee Championship on your vacation. The UFO promotes this sport, and on its website, you can find schedules of venues around the world where local and major events are held.

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    Geocache With Dogs

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    Geocaching is finding hidden treasure with the help of a GPS device and this activity will be more fun with your dogs, you stand a better chance of tracking the bounty. Some dog breeds are bred to work, and these will be your best companions on wilderness jaunts. To be on the safe side, carry a pet first-aid kit on your geocaching vacation.

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    Hiking, Camping, and Swimming

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    If your vacation involves hiking, camping, and swimming, dogs are the best companions you can have (next to your partner, of course). Before you head out though,  go through a safety checklist.

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    Skijoring is a combination of cross-country skiing and dog-sledding,  and it has become a popular sport in northern climes in winter. To prepare for a skijoring vacation with your dogs, contact a local skijoring club to take you through the process.

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    Follow the surfing dogs circuit, which includes the Surfin’ Paws Dog Jam in the waters off Huntington Beachand Loews Coronado Beach Resort’s Surf Dog Competition.

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