7 Tips for a Merry Dog



Wishing you a Happy Dog Christmas!

The festive season is upon us and at the centre of the frivolities are our four-pawed friends. Watching on with interest as our routines, households and behaviors change with the ‘silly season”. If only we could read their thoughts!

Most dogs love being swept along with Christmas festivities however timid types can find it a little overwhelming. These 7 tips will help you ace your Santa Paws role to ensure an enjoyable, fun-filled Christmas for your doggo!

1. Make your Christmas Tree a Dog-safe Zone

Brightly colored decorations, flashing lights and wrapped presents are a magnet for many dogs especially puppies. So, if your dog is paying your Christmas tree a little too much interest, play it safe by moving it out of reach. (A simple hack for smaller dogs is to place children’s play pen fencing around your tree.) 

This way you can avoid broken decorations, ripped up presents and more importantly you can prevent safety hazards such as accidental poisoning (think wrapped boxes of chocolate and nuts), electrocution and ingestion of foreign objects (baubles and tinsel). As a rule place all household decorations out of your dog’s reach and ensure tripper and safety switches are installed for Christmas lights. 

Tinsel and baubles can be irresistible for many dogs.

2. Extend Christmas traditions to your dog

What’s your family tradition? Wearing knitted Christmas sweaters whilst staying warm by the fireplace, or perhaps you are enjoying a summer Christmas with backyard cricket and a swim at the beach? Whatever your tradition, include your dog, they are family after all. With 87% of dog owners buying their dog’s presents, now is the ideal time to spoil your pup. 

Stuck for dog Christmas gift ideas? How about a dog Christmas sweater, a toy to help keep your dog entertained, a collar and leash combo for those upcoming New Year’s exercise resolutions, or a tasty chew to polish those pearly whites.

Gaining popularity, the Christmas Dog sweater is a must-have in cold climates!

3. Up-cycle wrapping paper and boxes.

Just like small children, dogs often get as much fun out of packaging as they do the gift within! Wrapping paper and empty boxes can provide hours of entertainment.

Use boxes to create dens for your dog to hide in, or to create funnels and obstacle courses. Dogs love ripping up wrapping paper. Better still, ball it up for a great game of indoor fetch. (Remove tape, ribbon and staples first)

Wrapping paper and boxes galore. Just wait until those presents are opened!

4. Take a Christmas Dog & Family photo

Capture memories by including your dog in your Christmas family pic. Including your pup will make your photos all the better and entertaining to look back on in future years. Photo tip – a Christmas dog treat (piece of ham or roast turkey) never goes amiss in getting your dog’s attention for the camera!

5. Treat your dog to Christmas dinner.

Just hold back from offering your dog the full spread! Sharing a little roast turkey and Christmas ham is a nice way to include your dog in festivities. Prevent over eating which may result in tummy upset and bloat. And remember to play it safe by avoiding toxic human foods- avoid feeding fatty foods (which are likely to trigger tummy upset), avoid stuffing (cooked onion is toxic to dogs), and do not feed anything containing chocolate, nuts or alcohol (Christmas pudding and cake).

A small amount of Christmas ham, Roast turkey and vegetables makes a special Christmas treat for your doggo!

6. Take time out for an after-dinner nap

All that excitement can be exhausting. So, allow your dog time to curl up for a nap. The extra stimulation of Christmas visitors (especially children),and new smells, sights and sounds can be a little too much for some dogs, so make sure you give you dog time out and provide a quiet place they can retreat to.

A little quiet time never goes amiss during the festive season!

7. Stretch those legs

Burn off excess Christmas calories with a Boxing Day dog walk.  This is becoming a tradition in many parts of the world (such as the UK), making the Boxing Day walk the highlight of many a doggo’s Christmas. Meet up with friends and let your dog run, play and burn off their Christmas dinners together😊

Full of the joys of Christmas! The Boxing Day walk is a highlight for dogs world over!

Now over to you, Santa Paws! Let the furred festivities begin 🙂

Keep up to date with your dog’s new year plans with a free dog organizer. Perfect for pet parents on the the go, it’s all part and parcel of the WAGSTA app. Check it out today:)

 

Dog Friendly Hotel Chains



It’s no longer necessary to bribe your neighbors with gifts in return for dog sitting while you’re away. More people than ever before are looking at ways to take their pets with them and hotel chains are cashing in on the ‘doggie dollar’.

Dog-friendly hotel chains sometimes offer dog beds, dog bowls, in-room dog dining and even spa treatments to pamper your pooch. From luxury to budget, hotel chains and boutique hotels all over the world are rolling out the red carpet for your dog. All you need do is search for ‘dog friendly hotels’ and insert your destination. But here’s our pick of dog friendly hotel chains for each region of the world to give you a sample of what’s possible.

Dog friendly hotel chains
Hotel chains all over the world are cashing in on the ‘doggie dollar’

Dog Friendly International Hotel Chains

Ibis Hotel

Ibis Hotels are the budget hotels of the Accor Hotel group and are located all over the world with a high concentration in Europe. Your dog or cat is allowed with a surcharge and subject to presentation of a rabies certificate. However, you will need to keep it on a leash in public areas of the hotel and not bring it into the dining areas.

Days Inn

Days Inn is the budget range of the Wyndham Hotel group. These hotels are located in every region of the world. Not all Days Inn hotels allow pets but most do. The dog friendly hotels typically charge a pet fee starting at $10/night. Some hotels have weight limits and limit the number of pets per room.

Ace Hotel

At the Ace Hotel’s seven locations (five in the U.S., one in London and one in Panama) dogs are allowed. They charge $25 per night for the first pet; additional pets are either free or cost an additional $10 per night, depending on the location.

Mercure

Mercure is the mid-priced hotel brand in the Accor Hotel group and they are located all over the world with a high concentration in Europe. Many but not all of the hotels are dog friendly and they normally don’t charge additional fees, but pet policies differ from hotel to hotel.

Dog friendly hotel chains
Many Mercure hotels are now dog friendly.

Novotel

Novotel is the luxury range in the Accor Hotel group and they are located all over the world with a high concentration in Europe. Some of the hotels are dog friendly and don’t charge additional fees but pet policies differ from hotel to hotel. Some hotels have size limits, such as the Novotel on Times Square in New York.

HotelF1

A new budget addition to the Accord Hotel group, Hotel F1 is located across France close to railway stations and airports or on the outskirts of cities. They take arrivals 24/7 and have free parking to give you the freedom of the road. HotelF1 is a  dog friendly hotel chain.

Travelodge

Travelodge have 500 hotels across the UK, and all of them are dog friendly allowing up to two pets per room.

Best Western

Best Western has more than 1,600 pet-friendly hotels across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Some offer dedicated places to walk your dog and will provide recommendations on dog-friendly parks, stores, and even dog-friendly restaurants. Not all Best Western hotels are dog friendly, but those that are allow up to two dogs in a rented room, with a maximum size of 80 lbs. per animal.

Dog friendly hotel chains
Best Western Abbot Barton, in Canterbury, is dog friendly

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn is a mid-priced range of hotels that are part of the IHG hotel group. Each individual Holiday Inn hotel determines its own pet policy. Those locations that are dog friendly have varying pet fees starting at $10/night. Some have limits on pet size and the number of pets per room.

IHG Hotel Group

The IHG Group includes 14 hotel brands located in every pocket of the world. If you search for dog friendly hotels on their website, make sure you have selected ‘pets welcome’ in the filter section, or go straight to their pet friendly page and search from there. Their International hotel brands include:

  • Holiday Inn – most are dog friendly hotels.
  • Staybridge Suites – most are dog friendly hotels.
  • Regent Hotels – Many are dog friendly. Regent Hotels embraces the character of its location.
  • Indigo – Some are dog friendly. A high concentration of hotels are located in USA and Europe. Artsy and unique decor from hotel to hotel.
  • InterContinental – Only designated InterContinental Hotels are dog-friendly. International locations.
  • Hualuxe – some are dog friendly. They have locations across China.
  • Candlewood – dog friendly hotel. USA locations.
  • Kimpton – dog friendly hotel. USA locations only. See above.
  • Crowne Plaza – some are dog friendly. USA locations.
  • Even Hotels – some are dog friendly hotels. These hotels are geared towards health and fitness. USA locations.

Dog friendly hotel chains
Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge is dog friendly.

Dog Friendly American Hotel Chains

Red Roof Inn

This dog friendly hotel chain has 360 pet-friendly properties across the United States. Only three Red Roof Inns don’t accept dogs. Best of all, your dog stays for free!

The Kimpton Hotels, USA

The Kimpton is a luxury boutique hotel chain across the United States and it’s not only dog friendly. Any pet is allowed – no matter its size, weight, or breed – at no extra charge. If it can fit through the door, it’s welcome. The Kimpton has been pet friendly since it was first established in 1981.

Dog friendly hotel chains
All Kimpton Hotels are dog friendly.

IHG

If you search for dog friendly hotels on their website, make sure you have selected ‘pets welcome’ in the filter section, or go straight to their pet friendly page and search from there. Their hotel brands include:

  • Holiday Inn – most are dog friendly hotels.
  • Staybridge Suites – most are dog friendly hotels.
  • Regent Hotels – Many are dog friendly. Regent Hotels embraces the character of its location.
  • Indigo – Some are dog friendly. A high concentration of hotels are located in USA and Europe. Artsy and unique decor from hotel to hotel.
  • InterContinental – Only designated InterContinental Hotels are dog-friendly. International locations.
  • Candlewood – dog friendly hotel. USA locations.
  • Kimpton – dog friendly hotel. USA locations only. See above.
  • Crowne Plaza – some are dog friendly. USA locations.
  • Even Hotels – some are dog friendly hotels. These hotels are geared towards health and fitness. USA locations.

La Quinta, USA

La Quinta is part of the Wyndham Group. It is a dog friendly hotel that allows up to two dogs or cats per room at no extra charge. They have more than 800 locations across the US.

Dog friendly hotel chains

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Fairmont loves dogs so much that it has its own Canine Ambassador program to welcome guests at some locations. Pet policies vary by property and are available online. At the Fairmont  in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. dogs stay free and are spoiled with treats made by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef. At the Battery Wharf in Boston, pets under 25 pounds cost $25 and receive a pet bed and food and water bowls.

Super 8

Super 8 is Wyndham’s budget range of hotels.  Only designated Super 8 hotels are dog friendly. Each location determines its own pet policy.  Those that are dog friendly typically charge a pet fee ranging from $5 – $20 per night/pet.  Most dog friendly locations allow up to 2 pets. 

Dog friendly hotel chains

Flying with a Dog

Flying with your dog is not as difficult as you might think. Read all about pet passports, dog friendly airlines, and travel tips in our article, Flying with a Dog.

Dog Friendly Places

Find dog friendly restaurants, pubs and cafes in our article aboutDog Friendly Cafes, Restaurants and Pubs!

Dog Friendly Vacations

Some tour companies are catering to dog owning travelers who wish to adventure with their pooch. Walking tours of Britain and Europe, white water rafting adventures or vacation packages of Europe and the United States are all possibilities. With our list of dog friendly vacations and tour companies, the world just got bigger for you and your dog.

Dog Friendly Cruises

Your dog can cruise between New York and England on the Queen Mary 2, explore Germany and the Netherlands on a dog friendly riverboat, cruise down Norway’s Fjords, ride ferries between Italy and Greece, Spain, France and England. Read our list of dog friendly cruises, and start planning your next adventure! 

Track your dog’s adventures and arrange your doggie schedule with your free WAGSTA walkies, weight and wellness tracker! Join the pack today! 

Flying With A Dog



Flying with your dog is becoming easier by the year. Read on for the best pet friendly airlines, how to get a pet passport, the EU Pet Travel Scheme, tips to make your dog’s journey more pleasant, dog friendly cities, dog friendly cruises and resources for finding dog friendly hotels and cottages. 

Dogs on Domestic Flights

Traveling within your own country is easiest because you will rarely need to have evidence of vaccines and won’t have to place your pet in quarantine upon arrival.

In most countries (but not Australia or New Zealand), if your dog is small enough to fit under the seat in front of you, he can normally travel in the cabin with you. There are exceptions though, so it is worth checking with your chosen airline. For example, your dog cannot travel in the cabin with you to or from Hawaii even if you are flying within the USA.

Size and Weight Restrictions

Large or medium sized dogs that can’t fit in a carrier under the seat in front of you will have to ride in cargo. This is heated and ventilated. For some pets, being separated from their owner can be a little stressful, while other pets may find the darker, quieter surrounds more restful. Exact size and weight restrictions vary by airline so check the pet travel page on your chosen airline’s website.

Breed Restrictions

Brachycephalic dogs, those with a squashed snout, such as Pugs, Pekingeses, Boston Terriers and Bulldogs, are more sensitive to climate and pressure changes. For them, flying can be deadly, which is why many airlines will not transport them.

Age Restrictions

Exact age restrictions vary by airline and country but generally speaking, puppies must be older than 16 weeks for international travel, and 8 – 10 weeks for domestic travel. This is because international travel usually requires a rabies vaccine, which can’t be given to a puppy until he is 12 weeks old and then, because this is his first vaccine, he must wait 30 days to have a titers test before he can travel. 

Puppy
Generally, a puppy must be at least 16 weeks old to fly abroad.

International Pet Travel

Visit your vet at least 4 months ahead of travel to prepare your dog. Requirements vary from country to country, but if you tell your vet where you intend to travel with your dog, she will be able to tell you what you need to do to meet the country’s requirements, how long it will take and how much it will cost.

Some Guidelines

For nearly all international travel, your pet must be micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies with a health certificate to prove it. Any vaccines given before the pet was micro-chipped won’t count, so if your dog was vaccinated before being micro-chipped, you’ll need to vaccinate him again. You will also need documentation of your dog’s rabies vaccine.

In the most extreme cases – such as if you are traveling from a high rabies country or rabies controlled country, to a rabies free country – the health requirements become much more complicated. In addition to the micro-chip, rabies vaccine, and health certificate, you might need to:

  • Get a rabies titer test (a blood test to show that your pet has the vaccine in their system) a minimum of 30 days after the vaccine booster was administered.
  • You might have to wait 3 months after the titer test before entering some countries (including the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the EU).
  • You might need additional vaccinations.
  • You might need to apply for an import permit.
  • You might need to have your pet treated for certain parasites.
  • You might need to have your health certificate endorsed.
  • You might need to put your pet into quarantine.

People generally only go through this amount of trouble if they are moving their pet permanently to a new country. There are Pet Movers to help with the process if you find it too complicated. (And it can be very complicated.)

Dog Quarantine

If you follow the health requirements that your destination country asks for, you will not normally need to quarantine your pet.

Pets arriving in Australia and New Zealand must spend 10 days in quarantine unless they are traveling between these two countries. You will also need to present certain health documentation. Quarantine in New Zealand allows owners to visit their pets. Australian quarantine does not. 

Veterinarian
Visit your vet at least 4 months before you plan to travel abroad.

Pet Passports

A Pet passport is just another word for the health documents you’ll need when entering some countries.  The sooner you get this documentation together the better because the process can take up to 4 months.

EU Pet Travel Scheme

To enter EU countries, your pet needs to be micro-chipped, vaccinated against rabies, and if coming from a high rabies country, have a titer test. Your vet can provide health documents to show these requirements have been met.

Once you and your vet have the appropriate health documents in place, you can travel freely within all of the EU countries. As most EU countries allow your pet to travel in-cabin with you (size permitting), this is a worthy document to get.

Best Pet Friendly Airlines 

These airlines allow your pet to travel in the cabin with you (size restrictions apply). Surveyed pet owners also reported having the most positive experiences with these airlines.

North America

Delta, Southwest, American, United, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Jetblue.

Global

Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, TUI, Thomas Cook, Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Europa, Vueling, KLM.

It is worth noting that some countries and states do not allow pets to arrive in-cabin, no matter what airline you are flying with. These include Australia, Hawaii, Micronesia, South Africa, the UK and China although there may be others.

Tips for Flying with a Dog 

  • Call your respective airline in advance to check on their restrictions.
  • Give yourself plenty of extra time to check-in to your flight.
  • Give your dog the opportunity to drink before check in.
  • Exercise your dog before leaving home and right before check in.
  • It is not recommended that you sedate or tranquilize your dog before flying because it is a health risk.
  • Print a copy of your airline’s pet policy, so that if a dispute arises with a ticketing or gate agent, you will have the actual policy to refer to.
  • Use a sturdy carrier with enough room (see below)
  • Get your pet used to its carrier before the flight.
  • Purchase flights with fewer connections or layovers.
  • Pick departure and arrival times to avoid extreme heat or cold. For example, planning a nighttime arrival to a hot destination may be better for your dog.
  • If your pet is allowed in the cabin, check in as late as possible to reduce stress.
  • If your pet is traveling as cargo, check in early so he can go to the quiet and dimly lit hold of the plane.
  • Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar. The collar should have rabies tag and identification tags with the dog’s name, your name, and your home phone number. If you plan on being away for a while, consider a second I.D tag with your vacation address.

Pet Carriers

If your dog is traveling as cargo, ensure he is in a sturdy container with enough room to stand and sit, to turn around normally while standing, and to lie down in a natural position.

Also check that the carrier has:

  • A leak proof bottom covered with absorbent material.
  • Ventilation on both sides.
  • Your dog’s favorite toy or blanket inside.

Dog Friendly Vacations

Some tour companies are catering to dog owning travelers who wish to adventure with their pooch. Walking tours of Britain and Europe, white water rafting adventures or dog friendly vacation packages – with our list of dog friendly vacations and tour companies, the world just got bigger for you and your dog.

Dog Friendly Hotel Chains

Hotel chains all over the world are rolling out the red carpet for you and your best friend. We’ve done the leg work to find the 22 most dog friendly hotel chains in Europe, USA, and all over the world along with their pet policies. You never know, your favorite chain might be on the list!

Dog Friendly Cruises

There’s nothing quite as much fun as exploring new lands on a boat. We think your dog will agree! He can cruise between New York and England on the Queen Mary 2, explore Germany and the Netherlands on a dog friendly riverboat, cruise down Norway’s Fjords, sight see the coast and waterways of the United States, ride ferries between Italy and Greece, Spain, France and England and explore the Greek Isles. Read our list of dog friendly cruises, and start planning your next adventure!  

dog leash
Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar with identity tags.

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Dog Friendly Vacations


 


Taking Fido on Vacation

While on vacation, pet parents can go through as much separation anxiety as the pets do, worrying ourselves about how our pet is coping without us. We speak from experience! The solution? Take Fido on vacation!

Research shows that almost a third of holiday-makers base their trip on how suitable it is for their dog. Cruises, ferries and airlines are all accommodating certain pets on board now. Greek ferries even have dog friendly cabins. Some cruises have a dog ‘nursery’ with activities and play space. There is also a growing list of dog friendly hotel chains, and dog friendly cottages through Air Bnb.

If your dog is vaccinated against rabies and has a microchip and health certificate, the world is his oyster because dog friendly vacations abound.

Dog friendly vacations

Dog Friendly Hotel Chains

Hotel chains all over the world are rolling out the red carpet for you and your best friend. We’ve done the leg work to find the 22 most dog friendly hotel chains in Europe, USA, and all over the world along with their pet policies. You never know, your favorite chain might be on the list!

Dog friendly hotel chains
The Kimpton Hotel chain is dog friendly

Dog Friendly Air BnB

With so many rent-by-owner listings, hotel chains are no longer your only option. For dog owners, a house in the countryside might be more suitable for your pooches, with a veranda to hang out on, a garden to play in, and hikes and country walks at your doorstep.

To find out if an Air BnB listing is dog friendly, scroll down to the House Rules section of the listing’s description. If it’s dog friendly it will state that here. It is also a good idea to contact the host about your dog because some have restrictions.

To find listings where dogs are allowed:

  1. Go to airbnb.com and click Homes
  2. Click More filters at the top of the page
  3. On the More filters page, scroll to the bottom of the page and under House rules, check the Pets Allowed box
Dog friendly vacations

Dog Friendly Cruises

There’s nothing quite as much fun as exploring new lands on a boat. We think your dog will agree! He can cruise between New York and England on the Queen Mary 2, explore Germany and the Netherlands on a dog friendly riverboat, take in Norway’s Fjords, cruise the coast and waterways of the United States, ride ferries between Italy and Greece, Spain, France and England and explore the Greek Isles. Read our list of dog friendly cruises, and start planning your next adventure!

Pet Holidays and Tour Companies

Some tour companies are catering to dog owning travelers who wish to adventure with their pooch.

Contour Walking Holidays in the UK have dog friendly walking tours of Scotland, Wales and all over England including the Cotswolds, the South West coastal path, a coast to coast walk in the North, and the Yorkshire Dales to name but a few. Walks range from an easy day walk to multi-day treks. Your dog will love you for it!

US-based Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours creates great travel experiences for humans and their dogs. They ensure that all places and activities planned are safe and dog-friendly making it easy for you to take your dog on life-transforming and amazing adventures.

Dog Travel Company is another US-based companying offering dog friendly vacation packages within the United States. They can also book your dog friendly sea, air, train or bus journey.

Top Dog Pet Travel is a more adventurous dog vacation travel agent offering amazing experiences like white water rafting, charter cruises, tours of Europe, the Bahamas and the best of the U.S.

Dog friendly vacations

Flying with a Dog

Flying with your dog is not as difficult as you might think. Read all about pet passports, dog friendly airlines, and travel tips in our article, Flying with a Dog.

Dog Friendly Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés

We list some amazing Dog Friendly Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés around the world so you can hang out with your dog while on vacation with him.

Record your dog’s travels with our free WAGSTA walkies, weight and wellness tracker. Save memories and optimize your dog’s health by joining the pack today!

 

Dog Friendly Cruises


 


Most of the international dog friendly cruises listed here will require your dog to be micro-chipped, vaccinated against rabies and have documentation to prove it. Your vet can guide you through this process and give you an estimate of the cost.

Best Dog Friendly Cruises:

Queen Mary

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is the only major cruise line that allows pets, and only on certain transatlantic sailings — those between New York and Southampton, either direction. Book well in advance because the ship only accommodates up to twelve animals. Dogs are confined to their own digs in an onboard kennel on Deck 12, where crew members feed, walk and clean up after them and give them treats and toys. There are organized play times and visiting hours so you can check in on your pooch. Feeding bowls and beds are provided. Food can also be provided on request, but most people provide their own.

Be prepared to pay almost as much for your pet to cruise as you’ll be paying for yourself. Prices range from $500 to $1,000 per dog and from $1,000 to $1,600 per cat. (Cats need two kennels — one for the litter box.)

Dog Friendly Cruises
The New York to England route on Queen Mary 2 is now dog friendly

Rødne Fjord Cruise, Norway

Rødne offers four dog friendly cruises of Norway’s beautiful Fjord landscapes. They typically last for 2 to 3 hours. If there are passengers on board with allergies, your pet will have to enjoy the cruise out on the sundeck. Some of the tours charge a fee for your dog, but guide dogs for the blind always travel free. The two Preikestolen Cruise & Hike packages are not dog friendly cruises because of the restrictions imposed by the bus company.

Dog Friendly Cruises
Cruise the fjords of Norway with your dog.

Ferries – Italy, Greece

Nearly all of Greece’s ferry lines, including the inter-island ferries and the Italy to Greece ferries, are dog friendly.  Some provide special areas for dogs, for which you will pay a small fee. Often, you will be responsible for your dog’s welfare. Some ferries have dog friendly cabins, which are at no additional charge. Dogs are not allowed in the common areas and must have health certificates to prove they are vaccinated and rabies-free.

Dog Friendly Cruises
Explore the Greek Isles on dog friendly ferries

Riverboats – Germany and Netherlands

The MS Normandie has three dog friendly cruises.

  • Cruise the Rhine for 4-days and see ancient castles, vineyards, and medieval villages with your dog.
  • Explore Netherlands and its windmills and tulip fields for eight days. Your dog is even allowed to join you in the common areas (the salon, restaurant, reception and decks) if on leash.
  • Cruise the Moselle for eight days. Wind through majestic scenery and brightly colored medieval villages.

The ship docks several times a day so you can walk your dog on land. If poochie needs a break between shore visits, there’s a pet relief area set up on the “Sonnendeck”.

Dog Friendly Cruises
Some Moselle River cruises are dog friendly.

Dog Friendly Ferries – UK, Spain and France

Le Boat in France will rent you a canal boat and dogs are welcome aboard. In France, every town you go to will be dog friendly because France is a dog friendly place all around.

Brittany Ferries has dog friendly cruises. The pet friendly cabins can comfortably fit two small to mid sized pets. There is also a private exercise area on deck 10 but your dog isn’t allowed into the internal common areas of the ship.

Their dog friendly cruises include:

  • Portsmouth (UK) to Bilboa (Spain)  on the Cap Finistère which is equipped with 17 pet friendly cabins.
  • Portsmouth to Le Havre (France) on the Etretat, which has 13 pet friendly cabins
  • Portsmouth to Bilbao and Santander (in Spain) and Le Havre (France) on the Baie de Seine, which has 14 pet friendly cabins.
Dog Friendly Cruises
The large Brittany ferries have dog friendly cabins.

USA dog friendly cruises

New England

  • Acadian Nature Cruises operates out of Bar Harbor, Maine, and have two-hour scenic cruises along the shoreline.
  • Downeast Windjammer Cruises in Cherryfield, Maine offers sightseeing cruises and fishing excursions on Belfast Bay and around Bangor Harbor.
  • Hy-Line Cruises allows dogs on Cape Cod Canal and Hyannisport Harbor cruises.
  • Dog Gone Sailing Charters in Provincetown, Massachusetts offers dog friendly cruises that can accommodate up to six humans.

Maryland

  • Watermark Cruises in Annapolis, Maryland, provides 45-minute, dog-friendly cruises around Baltimore’s inner harbor and Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse.
  • Cruises on the Bay in Annapolis & Baltimore, Maryland, are dog-friendly and dogs ride free.

Florida

  • Scenic Cruise St. Augustine, Florida has a variety of scenic cruises and they are all dog friendly.

Chicago

  • On the dog friendly Skyline Queen, you and your dog can enjoy a ride alongside Chicago’s skyline as guide highlights the city’s dog-friendly places and elaborates on the history of Chicago.

Dog Friendly Cruises
Skyline Queen of Chicago is dog friendly.

Texas

  • BayWatch Dolphin Tours in Galveston, Texas, have dog friendly sightseeing cruises out of Galveston Harbor.

Arizona

  • Dolly Steamboat operates out of Apache Junction, Arizona, cruising along Canyon Lake’s waterways and the Apache Trail. The nature and astronomy cruises are dog friendly.

Seattle

  • Seattle’s Argosy Cruises has a dog friendly Christmas cruise and festival which has become the largest holiday floating parade in the world. Dogs and their humans enjoy champagne toasts, doggie hors d’oeuvres from The Dining Dog Café, and pictures with Santa Paws!

San Diego

  • San Diego’s Hornblower Cruises are dog friendly. It’s famous for its brunch buffet for humans, but they also have a doggie buffet.

Dog Friendly Cruises
Sightsee the United States on a dog friendly cruise

Flying with a Dog

Flying with your dog is not as difficult as you might think. Read all about pet passports, dog friendly airlines, and travel tips in our article, Flying with a Dog.

Dog Friendly Places

Find dog friendly restaurants, pubs and cafes in our article aboutDog Friendly Places.

Dog Friendly Vacations

Some tour companies are catering to dog owning travelers who wish to adventure with their pooch. Walking tours of Britain and Europe, white water rafting adventures or vacation packages – with our list of dog friendly vacations and tour companies, the world just got bigger for you and your dog.

Dog Friendly Hotel Chains

Hotel chains all over the world are rolling out the red carpet for you and your best friend. We’ve done the leg work to find the 22 most dog friendly hotel chains in Europe, USA, and all over the world along with their pet policies. You never know, your favorite chain might be on the list!