This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada, which
closed in 2021.
10 Tips for Traveling With Your Dog
As a single woman who owns a dog, it can be challenging to pack-up and go whenever the wanderlust desires. Dog sitting services add-up and it can be quite an inconvenience to travel with a dog. I am not alone. Here are 10 tips for anyone traveling and staying at a hotel with a dog.
As a single woman who owns a dog, it can be challenging to pack-up and go whenever the wanderlust desires. Dog sitting services add-up and it can be quite an inconvenience to travel with a dog.
I am not alone.
With one third of the households in Canada owning dogs and, according to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada, about half of Canadian households have some kind of pet, that's a lot of people who need to make arrangements for their pets while they travel. The good news is the travel and tourism industry has been waking up and creating enticing offerings so people can travel with their furry loved ones.
Ontario's Deerhurst Resort is one of them, with their pet-friendly policy that is designed to help guests and their pets stay with ease and comfort. Although I have never stayed at a hotel before with a dog, I wanted to give it a go. And so, my sheepdog, Bob, and I took a road trip in my Smart car and headed to the resort north of Toronto for an adventure -- and learned a few things along the way.
Here are 10 tips for anyone traveling and staying at a hotel with a dog:
1. Ensure Your Dog is Safely Strapped In - If you are taking a road trip, strap your dog in with a seatbelt harness designed for canines -- not only for the safety of your dog, but for your own safety as well. Or if your vehicle is large enough (mine isn't), have your dog travel in a crate.
2. Make Many Pit Stops -- If traveling by car, be sure to take many breaks from driving - more than you think you need. Dogs get restless when traveling and that adds to your stress. Service centres are ideal to walk the dog around to stretch legs and do its business, and you can top-up plastic containers with fresh cold water.
3. Get Organized -- Think through all the things your dog needs and uses on a daily basis, such as water and food bowls, and create a checklist in advance. When we arrived at the resort, I had realized I forgot to pack Bob's bowls (the staff were kind enough to provide some).
4. Traveling with Raw Food -- If you feed your dog raw food, contact the place you are staying to see if you can keep the food in a fridge. Of course this depends on the distance you are traveling and how long you are staying. Bob eats mostly raw, but when I travel with him, I pack a high-grade kibble and/or freeze dried meat, and snacks that would not go bad. If you are going for longer stays, make daily trips to the local grocery store to ensure food safety.
5. Clean Up After Your Dog -- Yes, the poop 'n scoop principle still applies when you travel. Be considerate of the places you are staying, even if you think no-one is watching.
6. Plenty of Exercise -- Before you depart, and as soon as you arrive at your destination, take your dog out for a long walk or run. Let him/her sniff around the grounds and burn off some energy.
7. Plan Ahead for Separation Anxiety -- Think ahead about how you are going to handle leaving the dog in the hotel room when you go for meals, etc. to avoid separation anxiety and nuisance barking. If you are staying in a hotel or resort, you probably will not be able to take your pooch into the dining areas. If your dog barks while you are away, that will disrupt other guests and may cause problems for you with the hotel staff. Check to see if the hotel has dog-sitting services.
8. Follow the Hotel's Rules -- Every hotel will have its own pet policy. Check in advance as to their do's and don'ts. Some may have a "you damage, you pay" policy.
9. Call in Advance -- It's best to call in advance to determine if a hotel you plan to stay at is pet-friendly. While more hotels and resorts are accepting pets, not all do.
10. Keep the Dog Calm -- Above all, do your best to keep your dog calm at all times. Not only will the hotel's staff appreciate it, so will the other guests.
With some planning ahead and wise decision-making, you can have the freedom to travel with you dog -- and an enjoyable experience overall.
* photos of Bob taken at Deerhurst Resort, with his permission, of course.
The teeny, tiny, four-pound Yorkshire terrier backpacked through the New Guinea jungle and cheered up injured soldiers. She's considered to be one of the first therapy dogs. And while a noble duty, this wasn't all little Smoky did to help the war effort.
Man Ray, though a dog, was dubbed "Man of the Year."
How They Are Toward Newspapers, 1973/Courtesy
If you recognize this snout, it's because Man Ray the Weimaraner has been plastered on book covers, magazines, magnets and souvenirs since the 70s. Man Ray is the dog who inspired artist William Wegman to further develop his dog photography: While Wegman was experimenting with other kind of mediums, Man Ray kept on barging into the frame. Since the pup's interruption, Wegman has continued to produce admired dog-thematic artwork.
Yale's mascot has been a bulldog since 1889. The original Handsome Dan (pictured) is the first live college mascot in America. According to Sports Illustrated, this good looking pup was purchased for five dollars from a local blacksmith.
It takes more than just a pretty face to be honored with the title of Yale's most good-looking dog: Dan's successors are selected based on factors like their cleanliness, their demeanor toward children and their ability to walk near the band without getting riled.
Bazz the beekeeper sniffs out a deadly disease that's wiping out hives.
When's the last time you protected the fate of sweet, beloved honey? This black lab named Baz is trained "to detect a deadly disease called American foulbrood that has been wiping out hives in south Australia," reports HuffPost UK. Baz can sniff out the disease, and by doing so, save thousands of bees. The suit he wears protects him from being stung, and also makes him appear extraordinarily adorable.
Titina was the first dog to fly over the North Pole.
This black-and-white fox terrier accompanied her owner, Umberto Nobile (pictured), on a history-making flight across the North Pole in 1926. Nobile was the pilot of the Norge, the airship that made this historic trip.
In Titina's first official biography, published on January 8, 1927 in The New York Times, she is described as "a dog marked by destiny, a dog of greatest character."
Saucisse earned himself a spot on the ballot of an important election in France.
Not the original Saucisse
In 2001, a little Dachshund named Saucisse (which translates to "sausage") won four percent of the vote at municipal elections in Marseille, France's second most populous city. While he never had a shot at making it to the two-candidate race in the 2002 presidential elections, some argue his campaign signified the country's desire for a change in their political system. The wiener dog grew to become somewhat of a media darling and has even appeared on a French reality show.
Jofi was Sigmund Freud's faithful assistant.
Hulton Archive via Getty Images
The famous psychoanalyst entrusted his Chinese Chow as a barometer for patients' temperament. He believed dogs were good judges of character and could help soothe nerves, writes Sam Stall in "100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization." "For this reason, he allowed Jo-Fi to sit in on patient interviews. If someone was calm and at peace, the dog would lie down relatively near him or her; if someone was full of hidden tension, Jo-Fi would keep his distance."
The fluffy canine doubled as a time piece, according to Stall. After fifty minutes, Jofi would get up and go to the door, signaling to Freud that a session was over. Freud was able to delicately end an appointment, without seeming insensitive to the patient's needs.
Jet was the first four-legged air traffic controller.
People Magazine: August 23, 1999
In 1999, the Border Collie earned Southwest Florida International Airport the title of the "first commercial airport in the nation to use a dog as part of its Wildlife Management Program to control bird activity on the airfield." Jet was "hired" to prevent mid-air collisions between planes and birds by charging flocks of birds whose roosting spots were too close to air traffic corridors. He even earned his own spot in People Magazine.
Ginny, a schnauzer-Siberian husky mix, was bestowed the honorable title of "Cat of the Year" by the Westchester Cat Show in 1998 for her masterful ability to find and rescued endangered cat. According to NBC, "Ginny once threw herself against a vertical pipe at a construction site to topple it and reveal the kittens trapped inside. Another time she ignored the cuts on her paws as she dug through a box of broken glass to find an injured cat inside."
Bud was the first dog to travel across the U.S. by car.
Bud is a road tripper's dream canine companion. The pit bull was picked up by automobile pioneer Horatio Nelson Jackson for $15 in Idaho and helped his owner complete the U.S.'s first cross-country trip. Because the dust of the roads irritated his eyes, Bud was fitted with a neat pair of goggles.
While Bud didn't do any of the driving, his presence helped Jackson and his driving partner reach celebrity status, with the press following the journey very closely. Bud continued to accompany Jackson in future drives, and resided full-time at Jackson's home in Vermont.
Buddy was America's first Seeing Eye dog.
The Seeing Eye, Inc.
Buddy was the United States' first formally trained guide dog for the blind. She pioneered the program for the Seeing Eye organization, which now serves average of 260 people who are blind and visually impaired each year.
“Buddy delivered to me the divine gift of freedom,” said Morris Frank, the first American to benefit from this program.
Blair is the canine version of Marilyn Monroe.
Before Air Bud or Lassie, there was Blair, a Border Collie who is considered to be the first doggy movie star. Blair played the role of Rover in a 1905 silent, short British drama called "Rescued By Rover." In the film, directed by Cecil Hepworth, Rover leads its owner to find a kidnapped baby and is considered a hero. Blair continued to star in short features, and her performance in the popular film established "Rover" as a very popular dog name.
"Martha My Dear," The Beatles' sweet, poppy track, released in 1968, was inspired by Paul McCartney's eponymous English sheepdog. Martha was McCartney's first pet, and he loved her, well, dearly. McCartney is the only Beatles member to appear on this track, and he croons: "Martha my dear you have always been my inspiration/Please/Be good to me Martha my love/Don't forget me Martha my dear."
McCartney speaks of his sheepdog in Barry Miles' "Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now." The musician says, "She was a dear pet of mine. I remember John [Lennon] being amazed to see me being so loving to an animal. He said, 'I’ve never seen you like that before.' I’ve since thought, you know, he wouldn’t have. It’s only when you’re cuddling around with a dog that you’re in that mode, and she was a very cuddly dog."
Jim could have been a professional gambler.
If you had Jim The Wonder Dog on your side today, you might be rolling in dough: The all-knowing Llewelyn setter had psychic ability beyond that of a Magic 8 Ball. Throughout the 1930s, the dog was credited with possessing powers beyond mortal comprehension. He allegedly picked the winner of the Kentucky Derby seven years in a row by placing a paw on the winner listed on a piece of paper with all of the entires. He guessed the Yankees would win the 1936 World Series (he was right) and he could detect the sex of pregnant woman's unborn baby. Jim was also credited with being multi-lingual and able to understand morse code.
On November 3, 1957, this Russian pup was one of the first animals to be launched into space. Laika, a stray found on the streets of Moscow, paved the way to manned spaceflight. Sadly, the dog did not survive the mission and died from overheating hours after launch. In 2008, a small monument to honor Laika was built near the military research facility that set her up for the launch. The monument shows Laika standing on top of a rocket.
Zanjeer detected explosives during the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.
Zanjeer died of bone cancer in November 2000. This photo shows a senior police officer honoring the heroic canine at his burial.
Sergeant Stubby served 17 battles in WWI.
Stubby's short tail earned him his name, but his talent and dedication earned him his army title. The brindle pooch became the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. When the division shipped out for France, Stubby was hidden in the coal bin on board. He was allowed to stay with his troops, and battled on the front-lines.
According to the National Museum of American History, Stubby quickly assimilated with his fellow soldiers: "He learned the bugle calls, the drills, and even a modified dog salute as he put his right paw on his right eyebrow when a salute was executed by his fellow soldiers. Stubby had a positive effect on morale, and was allowed to remain in the camp, even though animals were forbidden."
Stubby had an aptness for detecting gas, and saved many soldiers from injury. He even alerted paramedics of men wounded in the trenches. After capturing an enemy German spy, the dog was promoted to Sergeant, becoming the first dog to be given rank in the United States Armed Forces.
On September 11, Apollo worked tirelessly in his search and rescue duties.
Mancs saved a child trapped for 3 days after an earthquake.
This special German shepherd worked as a rescue dog on several earthquake rescue missions worldwide. He is most famous for saving a three-year-old girl who was trapped for 82 hours after the 1999 Izmit earthquake in Turkey. A statue of Mancs was cast in 2004 and can be seen near Hungary's Szinva stream.
This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada.
Certain site features have been disabled. If you have questions or concerns,
please check our FAQ or