Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a long, well-deserved vacation, not only for you but your dogs as well. Fido and Fluffy don’t want to be stuck at home with a stranger or left in a kennel while you’re off having fun. They’d much rather be by your side, smelling new scents, meeting new people and exploring the world along with you.
Whether you’re hitting the casinos in Vegas or enjoying the beaches in Hawaii, there’s much more to enjoying a vacation with your dog (or even your cat) than strapping them into an adorable seat-belt harness and putting the car into drive. You also need to consider many other aspects of your trip and how they will affect your pet. Luckily, there’s an app for that.
Have you ever heard the expression, “Hope for the best, but expect the worst?” It’s this way of thinking that helped establish pet tracker apps for big and small dog breeds. Apps like Tagg and Tractive are available for both Android and Apple users. With these apps, you attach a small tracker to your dog’s collar, then easily track his movement via GPS on the Android or iOS application. These apps help you keep your pets safe, even if they decide to go out and explore on their own. You’ll easily be able to find them quickly using just your phone or tablet.
Great Dog-Friendly Vacation Spots
Finding great dog-friendly vacation spots isn’t as easy as you might think. You may want to visit a location that doesn’t feature the amenities your dog needs, like hotels that allow dogs, a nearby dog park or an outdoor restaurant. To find the right vacation destination for both you and Fluffy, the right app can come in handy.
Fortunately, there are several apps to help with this. Dog Park Finder Plus gives you instant access to all the dog parks near your area, now matter where you happen to be at the moment. It costs only $1.99 but is only available to iPhone and iPad users.
Seeing the words, “no dogs allowed,” can break your heart when you’re a dog mom or dad. If you’re looking for pet-friendly hotels, bars, shopping and more, you need to do your research. While Yelp is doing a better job at helping you find these places, a search for a dog-friendly shopping mall may still bring up a mall that happens to serve hot dogs. You need something better, like BringFido. This app lets you search different areas and see what is available for your dogs to enjoy while you’re on vacation.
Doggy Day Care Apps
Even though you love your dog (or cat,) there may be times on your vacation when you just need some time to yourself. Your dog may have passed crate training 101 with flying colors, but that doesn’t mean you want to leave him in the hotel room by himself for long periods at a time. That’s where the right app for doggy daycare comes in. Some applications are location-specific, but others, like Rover and Care.com, help you find pet sitters, kennels and daycare in locations across the United States.
Whether you’re flying to a beautiful tropical island or driving to your favorite lake for a few weeks, don’t leave your pooch behind. There are plenty of applications you can access via your smartphone or tablet that will make traveling with dogs and cats much easier. Is there an app you use that we didn’t mention? Comment below and include a bit of information so other pet lovers can enjoy the app too!