Thursday, 26 July 2012
No regrets when traveling with pets: AAA
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
As the number of people who consider bringing their pets along on vacations rises, so too do the concerns of those travelers.
More than half (51 percent) of travelers with pets would have their furry friends accompany them on every vacation if they could, a AAA/Best Western survey of people who traveled with their pets in the last year revealed.
However, many factors need to be considered before committing to the idea, not least of which is choosing the right accommodation.
Finding places that accept pets remains the obvious priority for guardians (95 percent), followed by properties with appropriate policies such as size limits and fees (49 percent) and available pet services (22 percent).
As well as cleaning up after their pets, owners need to be mindful of how much noise their dogs are making, ensure their pets are on leash (when necessary), are well trained and of course, not aggressive.
According to the survey, 93 percent of guardians said their pets made for good travel companions, saying they:
The top vacations enjoyed with pets were visiting friends and family (78 percent), road trips (50 percent), beach excursions (33 percent), camping (27 percent), city tours (23 percent) and hiking (17 percent).To make travel less stressful for your loved one, pet expert Cesar Millan suggests taking your dog for a walk before departing, not feeding your pet in your car, making sure your pet is securely fastened within your vehicle, never leaving your pet in a car when it’s warm outside and bringing your dog’s scent and favourite toy.