Vacation Etiquette for Families With Pets


Proper etiquette in general and for traveling with pets is important. Not only will others embrace the practice if they see a well-behaved dog, but your vacation will also be a lot more enjoyable if everyone is on their best behavior.


Here are some travel etiquette tips for you and your animals:

  1. Make sure the hotels you book are pet-friendly and ask about pet policies. Do this in advance to prevent unpleasant surprises.
  2. Most likely there’s a fee or deposit for travelers with pets. Don’t argue about this. If you don’t like the policy, look for another hotel that doesn’t charge extra.
  3. Before going on vacation, have your animal treated for fleas to prevent an infestation in your car and the hotels.
  4. Before you go into any park, restaurant, or other venues, ask about their pet policy.
  5. Bring your own blankets to cover furniture that your pet may be on.
  6. Avoid leaving your animal alone in the room for extended periods of time.
  7. You don’t want your dog to start barking and annoy other vacationers or business travelers.
  8. Don’t allow your dog to jump on other people. This can frighten children and disrupt other people’s vacations.
  9. Have plenty of toys for your dog so he doesn’t chew on the furniture or other items belonging to the hotel.
  10. Walk your dog in areas that are designated specifically for that. Pick up after him and dispose of the waste properly.
  11. If you bring your cat, keep the litter pan clean to prevent smells and just good hygiene.
  12. Keep your animal restrained at all times when you are out of your room.
  13. Take your dog out right before bedtime and when he first gets up so he can relieve himself. You want to prevent accidents in the hotel room.

More Tips for Vacationing With Dogs and Cats

Get your pet checked by the vet to ensure he’s fit to travel. Ensure his vaccinations are up to date and keep his health record with you during your trip.


Before you take your family pet on a car trip, check out these tips:

  • Get your dog or cat used to riding in the car. Start out with short trips before extending to long periods of time.
  • Take your pet around other people if he isn’t used to strangers. Reward him for good behavior.
  • Have a safe place for your family pet to ride. This may be a doggie car seat, a travel crate, or special harness.
  • Don’t let your pet ride in your lap or with their heads sticking out of the window. It is very dangerous to do so and may injure them.
  • Make sure your pet has a collar with contact information in case he gets separated from you.
  • Have plenty of drinkable water available. Keep him from becoming dehydrated.
  • Make frequent stops to let your pet relieve himself.

And some tips before flying with your pet:

  • Get the airline’s pet policy for flying before you make plans. If you’re bringing your dog, make sure the breed is allowed on the plane.
  • Discuss with the vet options to decrease your pet’s stress level.
  • Have an airline-approved carrier.
  • Exercise your pet before checking him in at the airport.

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