Dogs 101

Give your dog a better life. You know you should.

Our Dogs 101 section is chockfull of helpful tips for taking your dog on a trip or choosing the best pet accessories for your home. We’ll steer you towards the best options for beds, collars, carriers and all sorts of dog gear, and assist you in everything from finding a dog-friendly business to decoding pet insurance lingo or choosing your next pet’s name! Read up on the documents you’ll need for your next international trip with your dog or get advice from the pros on taking the perfect dog picture. Your dog deserves the best and we’re here to help with Dogs 101.

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Dog Boarding Checklist

There are probably more good places to board your dog near you then you think, as the really good ones don't advertise a lot of the time. Before picking a new facility set up a tour and bring your dog(s) so you can see where the dog is staying, and how safe it is. A good kennel will have a plan for emergency vet care if needed. The last place I worked, our emergency vet was less than 5 minutes away. Dogs at kennels that allow for play time may get some bumps and scratches, but I never saw a serious injury happen at the places I have worked.

Lauren F., owner of a Labrador Retriever mix

Tips for Staying at a Hotel with Your Dog

Before arriving confirm the hotel allows pets. I think the simplest thing to do is call and ask. There shouldn't be any extra cost if the hotel is pet friendly. Personally, I would let the clerk know that I had a dog at check-in. I wouldn't try to hide the dog at a hotel that doesn't allow pets, as you could be asked to leave (probably with no refund), which would be a huge inconvenience, I'm sure. If your hotel is pet friendly, just make sure to take your dog out for walks often, since he may be disoriented from being in an unfamiliar place. I would also crate him if you're going to be leaving him in the room alone. In addition to the fact that he might be scared, he might take out any anxiety by chewing, peeing, etc. I've never had any problems staying in a hotel with my dog, but Shinji is a really easy-going, adaptable dog. He went out to potty as normal, slept as normal, and all was well.

Ashlie M., owner of a Carolina mix

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