Dog-Friendly Vacation Ideas to Kick Off the Summer

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Do you experience separation anxiety when leaving your 4-legged friend behind while you’re on vacation? Luckily, there’s a simple solution – plan a dog-friendly getaway. Whether you and your pet are beach bums or active movers and shakers, there are plenty accommodating trip ideas the whole family can enjoy.

Beach Bums

What could be better than a beach where dogs are free to frolic in the sand? Dog-friendly beaches allow you to catch some rays and enjoy a refreshing dip – right along with your pup. Don’t forget to set up some shade to help protect your furry friend from the summer sun.

Fearless Adventurers

Water sports are fun with other humans, but water sports with your pet are even better. Take surfing. So Cal Surf Dogs is Southern California’s dog surfing club. For beginners to pros, the club offers a variety of lessons at Del Mar Dog Beach that aligns with you and your dog’s skills. Experienced instructors provide techniques and the proper equipment to ensure that you and your canine are safe at all times.

Sightseeing Enthusiasts

Is kayaking or hiking more your fortè? There are loads of options for you and your pal to explore nature together. Consider renting a kayak or paddle board or visit one of the many dog-friendly hiking trails. Be sure to protect your pet with a life vest when renting a kayak or paddle board, and to bring plenty of water when you hit the trails.

Ski Searchers

For those who prefer a winter vacation, consider ski resorts that cater to pet owners and offer dog-specific trails for skiing (some stay open until early July) and hiking in warmer weather.

Visit the Cross Country Ski Areas Association site for a list of dog-friendly ski spots.

No matter what type of traveler you are, there’s a getaway for you and your pet. Let the planning begin and remember to review this travel checklist before packing your dog’s favorite bone. Which of these ideas will be on your itinerary?