Traveling with Your Dog
Sunriver is a veritable playground for our four-legged friends. With miles of trails to explore, winding rivers to splash through, and enough pinecones to fetch for the rest of eternity, the dogs who visit here have nearly as much fun as their human counterparts. Whether you are hitting the road with your Dachshund, Dalmatian, or Dane, here are some special considerations to keep in mind while traveling with a pet.
1. Bring all the accoutrements! It’s better to be well prepared than poised to fail. Don’t forget the leash (which is required on all paths), water bowls, day trip travel items for hikes, special bedding, and clean up bags.
2. Get your dog groomed before you head out. This will help keep your pooch stay clean while playing outside as well as reduce the fur left in your car during the drive… not to mention a reduction in the amount of fur left in the hotel room or vacation rental. The resort staff will thank you!
3. Pack your dog’s food by the scoop. If you feed twice per day, pack a bag with the number of days times two scoops. This avoids having to drag along big bulky, unreliable bags of food.
4. Bring lots of treats—it’s their vacation too! 5. Check the pet fee guidelines to avoid any surprises.
6. Research pet sitters in the area prior to your trip if you plan on spending time apart from your pet. Most hotels have rules against leaving a dog alone in the unit, and your dog will thank you for providing an extra companion.
7. Switch up your dog’s regular routine one week prior to the trip. This will acclimate him or her to change and will ultimately make the trip less stressful.
8. Wear them out before you go! Get in some good exercise before packing your dog in the car or crate. Your dog will then be more inclined to relax during the drive.
9. Do a perimeter check of the unit when you arrive, making sure there are no food items or other dangers that could be hazardous to your dog.
10. Once unpacked, go on a long walk around the property so your dog can get familiarized with the surrounds and settle in to a comfortable understanding that this will be ‘home’ for a while.