Vacations are the best. You get to relax, enjoy new activities, and experience a new place. Of course, most vacations require a ton of planning in advance. From transportation to where you will stay, it’s a tricky path to navigate—made only trickier when you add a dog into the mix. Here at the Listel Hotel Whistler, we welcome dogs traveling with their owners to stay at the hotel. With one thing off the list, it’s time to examine other ways to make traveling with your dog as stress-free as possible!
Pack for yourself and your dog!
Swimsuit, check, shorts, check, hat, check! Now that you have packed everything you need for your trip, it’s time to pack for your dog. Just like you, dogs like the comforts of home: their own bedding, toys, brush, even their own dishes. Most important, though, bring Fido’s own food. Suddenly changing food can cause an array of issues that might have messy consequences.
Don’t forget medical records!
Emergencies can happen, even to your dog. Packing medical and vaccine records can help in the event an emergency trip to the vet is needed.
Read your accommodations pet policy!
Prior to arriving, it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with your accommodations pet policy. Generally, rules, as well as areas that the dog might be restricted to, are found in the policy. What’s more, it will help you understand what other services are available such as pet sitting and dog walking.
Take your time!
Just like you, your dog might be uncomfortable in new surroundings. When you arrive at your accommodation, take some time to let your dog adjust to the new sights, sounds, and smells. This might mean a slower paced walk or some extra time in the hotel room. Doing so may decrease anxiety and prevent unwanted barking.
Keep your dog on a leash!
While many pet policies require your dog to be leashed at all times, it is good to remember it’s importance. As mentioned, new places can provide an array of both good and bad stimulus. Leashing your pet puts you in control and can decrease the likelihood of bolting, chasing, or other unwanted behaviors.
Plan a list of dog-friendly activities!
Whistler is the perfect place to spend quality time with your dog. You can hike, bike, stroll the village, and even have a drink on a patio all with your pup close by.
Traveling with your dog can be easy and rewarding. After all, Whistler is just as exciting for those with two legs as those with four!