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Dog-Friendly Travel
Great reader tips for every region


Bark readers love to get out with their dogs in a big way, and maybe the only thing they enjoy as much as dog-centered fun is sharing what they've learned with like-minded travelers. We're happy to share their collected travel tips below and for destinations by region on the following pages: West, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast. Enjoy!

This summer I plan to ramp up my agility training with my two Chihuahuas who compete in dog agility. None of us like competing in the hottest part of the summer, but we'll be attending fun matches and trials that offer evening runs, and regular evening training classes. Hopefully by Fall when it cools down a bit, we'll be Q'ing up a storm at local agility trials! — Veronica

We do lots of doggie camping trips and trial hikes during the year! i love when my clients include their dogs in our adventures - and the dogs love it to! — Jeanene Arrington Fisher

I take my dogs Letterboxing. The clues on Atlas Quest have an icon of a dog which means the box is dog friendly to find. I can take my dogs to any state any time of the year, log on to Atlas Quest, and find a fido friendly adventure calling our name. The clues also list distance so I can pick an adventure that fit's my Shar-Pei's activity level. — Kelly Dally

Buy name/ID tags that have a slip of paper in them that can be removed; add the important contact info for where you are staying. We have a separate ID tag for our trips to my mother’s house, since that is a destination we visit repeatedly. — Danielle Tisinger

National parks do not allow dogs, but they are allowed in most national forest areas. This leaves you with endless possibilities for fun with your dog. My dogs are at their happiest when we take them hiking. They tromp through water, run with each other and wrestle, get dirty, just be dogs. — Rebecca Whisler

If traveling by car, ensure safety of your dog by securing the dog in the car, either by a dog seatbelt attachment or enclosing him or her in a crate. That way, if you are unfortunately in an accident, you decrease the likelihood that the dog will be thrown from the car and running loose on the road. — Sara Chisnell-Voigt

Just stay at home and enjoy being with your dog. — Connie Raymond

I have a black coated Pekingese. I take him with me everywhere I go. He loves the outdoors but being black the summer heat really gets to him. So I always have a spray bottle of water with me to cool him off. And for the days we don't leave the house we sit out in the yard with the kiddie pool filled with cool water! He lives it! — Michelle Seipel

On a warm summer day my dogs and I enjoy swimming in our outdoor pool. Each of my toy poodles and I like to sit on a float in the pool and relax in the sun. My dogs also like to swim in the pool with their life jackets on while swimming after tennis balls floating in the water. Then when my dogs get out of the pool they enjoy running around the back yard trying to dry off! Great way to spend a sunny summer day! — Amy Uecker



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Submitted by Deborah Harrison | March 29 2012 |

I'm a life long traveler with my canine companions and just had a wonderful experience on Lake Lewisville at Hidden Cove Marina & Park. Dog lovers without prejudice and some awesome hiking trails!

Submitted by Craig Hall | March 29 2012 |

We take our dog everywhere we go in our little pop-up camper. He just love the closeness and visiting all sorts of different areas and sharing ice cream. Our Marleysaurus-Rex thinks the Petosky State Park in North Michigan was the best spot we had visited last year. He would run up and down the beach, roll around in the sand, splash around in the lake, and at sundown would sit on the sand dunes and watch the sunset. He did not want to leave, and neither did we.

Submitted by Ken P. | March 29 2012 |

If you're visiting the national parks of Southern Utah, Kanab (www.visitkanab.info/) is a great small town to stay. Kanab is home to Best Friends Animal Society and most of Kanab's hotels allow pets since many volunteers to Best Friends take sanctuary pets on "sleep overs." My favorite place to stay in Kanab is Quail Park Lodge (www.quailparklodge.com). If you do go to Kanab for a visit to the great national parks in Southern Utah, be sure to include a tour of Best Friends Animal Society (www.bestfriends.org). Best Friends is the largest no-kill animal sanctuary and an incredible place located in a picturesque red-rock setting. Once you go, you'll keep coming back!

Submitted by Anonymous | March 29 2012 |

If anyone is looking for a particularly terrific pet-friendly Bed & Breakfast, I came upon one in Salida, CO.
The Mountain Goat Lodge is incredible. My dogs had run of house whenever I was there, they have a lot of land and some fenced in so the dogs can run. The owner is fabulously friendly and loves all animals. She has about 10 or so goats, a llama and chickens; the cheese and eggs are fresh daily!
She offers a cheese (and yogurt)-making class in the kitchen there which is just fabulous. And the breakfasts are wonderful - including the super coffee maker offering up coffee any way you like it! (She used to be a barrista as well).
Anyway, her name is Gina and it's Mountain Goat Lodge in Salida, Colorado. A great pet-friendly spot in the vast U.S.!

Submitted by Anonymous | March 30 2012 |

This log cabin rental in Lake Lure, NC is awesome! www.vrbo.com/8638
The owner loves dogs and has set up the place with them in mind. Within a 10 min. drive there are hiking trails and river access for the swimming dogs. Some of the restaurants in nearby Chimney Rock have outside seating and allow well-behaved dogs at the table. There is a really pretty park in Lake Lure itself that is on the lake - great place to walk in the early morning.