Dog-Friendly Vacation Activities

We often travel with our pup Bo. He is a medium size dog, loves people, but a little shy with other dogs. While traveling, we like to include him as much as possible.

This summer in Cape Breton, we were delighted to have him join us at the Highland Village Museum in Iona. It was the first time we had encountered a pet friendly historic site of that size. Bonus for Bo, all the interpreters love him and spoiled him with attention, treats and bowls of water.

When travelling with a dog, we often seek out the following activities.

1. Visit a Dog-Friendly Beach: If you’re vacationing near the coast, visit a dog-friendly beach where your pup can run around and play in the sand and surf. Just make sure to research any leash laws or restrictions beforehand.

2. Go for a Hike: Many national, provincial and city parks allow dogs on their trails, giving you and your pooch the opportunity to explore nature together. Remember to bring water and snacks for both you and your furry friend. Plan ahead by picking trails in case some trails are not dog friendly.

3. Visit a Dog Park: Many cities have off-leash dog parks, where your pup can socialize with other dogs and run around. It’s a great way to tire out your pup and meet other local pet owners.

4. Take a Tour: Depending on your destination, there may be pet-friendly tours available, such as walking or bus tours. Check with local tourism offices, or ask at your hotel for recommendations.

5. Dine Out: There are many pet-friendly restaurants that allow dogs to join their owners at outdoor patios. Just make sure to call ahead to ensure the restaurant allows pets and to make a reservation.

6. Visit a Pet Store: If your pup needs some new toys or treats, visit a local pet store. Many stores allow dogs to come inside, and your pup may be able to make some new friends.

Remember to always clean up after your pet and be respectful of other visitors while enjoying these pet-friendly activities.

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