Here is Why Dogs Make the Best Travel Companions

Best Travel Companions | Traveling, in itself, is a rich and vibrant experience. You get to explore new cultures and landscapes as well as broaden the boundaries of your mind. If you are a dog lover, having your dog accompany you on your travels can add to your overall experience. Dogs are great travel companions. They love exploring unfamiliar places and meeting new people. You can also find plenty of dog-friendly accommodations in many different regions of the world.

Here are some reasons why dogs make the best travel companions.

1. Good Company

Taking your dog along on a trip means having good company around. Dogs easily adapt to their owner’s lifestyle. They love meeting new people and exploring new locations. It is actually beneficial for dogs to introduce them to unfamiliar environments as it helps them to learn and discover more. Dogs acclimatize swiftly and can easily adjust to varying weather conditions as well. If visiting exotic locations or landmark sites, you can snap fun selfies with your dog and add more to your experience. People around you will want to take a picture with your dog, too, and your pooch will love the attention! Dogs make great companions whether you are going on a road trip or flying by airplane. If you struggle with flying, your dog can help you ease flight anxiety. With the approval of your doctor, you could make your dog an emotional support animal. This implies that you find your dog’s presence soothing if you are a nervous flyer.

2. You Will Never Be Alone

Sometimes, traveling solo can be great. It gives you the opportunity to spend time with yourself and feel free. But it can also be lonely, at times. You can add a little more to your solo trip by taking your dog along with you. If you are flying to a new city or driving to a remote location, your dog is also a source of security. It helps to have that peace of mind, especially if you are traveling alone.
Ready to go exploring? Your dog can eagerly accompany you the whole day without complaining!

3. Stay in Shape

Dogs can be motivating, especially when you feel lazy. If you have your dog by your side, you do not have an option but to go out and explore. Dogs love adventures and being active, so if you are the type who wants to lounge by the pool all day, bringing your dog along might not be the best option for you.

4. Great Swimmers

Most dogs are naturally good swimmers. If you are traveling to a location where you can swim, your dog will love to take a splash with you. You can never feel unsafe or alone with your dog by your side!

5. You Will Never Get Bored

Accompanied by your pooch, you can always explore new areas and sites other than typical tourist destinations. From sandy beaches to exotic parks, there is a lot you can discover, especially in a new town or city. You will have to do a little research about places where dogs may or may not be allowed. But don’t worry, you can be surprised at how many dog-friendly locations you can find around the world. If your trip includes a boat party or a boat cruise, you can unhesitatingly take your pooch along. Friendly dogs are great company for all humans on board and might just take your party to the next level.

6. Gain a New Perspective

Having your dog accompany you on a trip can not only enrich your life but also alter your outlook and perspective. You can start seeing things in a different light and might also question aspects related to traveling. If you are an avid traveler, remember your dog shares your enthusiasm. Whether it’s skating, surfing, or hiking, your dog is always ready to be an enthusiastic participant. If traveling in a new location and meeting unfamiliar people, your dog will always warn you with who to trust and who not to. Traveling with your dog does not only enriches your life but also enriches your dog’s life. Dogs are social animals that thrive on physical activity and mental stimulation. Your dog will love exploring unfamiliar places, meeting new people, and socializing with other dogs.

The Takeaway

Traveling with your dog can be great fun but is also a serious responsibility. As a dog owner, it is your job to research and find out where dogs are permitted and where they are not in the location you are traveling to. You need to properly clean up after your dog and ensure it does not get over-excited and cause any damage. Especially if traveling by car, make sure you have a bag with all your dog’s necessary supplies and essentials such as dry food, drinking water, bowls, poop scrapper, and first-aid kit.

Lastly, if you really are a dog lover, then traveling with your dog is one of the best decisions you will make. Taking your dog along can add a lot to your travels and will help you make some great memories.

by Maria A Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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