Now that summer is just around the corner, it's time to start planning those family adventures. If you have dogs, you're probably planning for them too. If your summer vacations have never involved dogs before, this is going to be a new experience. Don't get too worried. Here are three simple steps you can take to get your dogs ready for the fun.

Find Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals

When it comes to dogs, the most important step you'll need to take is finding pet-friendly vacation rentals. The last thing you want to do is show up at the resort, only to find out that they don't accept pets. While you're planning your summer vacations, take the time to find out about pet accommodations. Many resorts and private home rentals will cater to your family pet. If you're planning a beach trip, make sure the lodging you choose has access to a dog beach. That way, your canine family member can enjoy the water too.

Make Travel Arrangements

If you're going to be traveling any distance for your vacation, you'll need to make travel arrangements for your dog. This includes preparing things for either car or airplane travel.


If you're going to be taking a road trip this summer, make sure your car is ready for your dog. You'll need a comfortable place for your dog to rest, as well as water containers. One of the easiest ways to keep your dog hydrated during a road trip is to place several water bottles in the freezer. While you're in the car, your dog can stay hydrated by licking the exterior of the bottle. Once you stop, you can pour the melted water into a bowl.


If you're going to be flying with your dog, you'll need a dog crate that's certified safe for air travel. You'll also need to include a soft blanket that your dog can cuddle with during the flight. If you plan on carrying a small dog on board with you, you'll need to contact the airline for specific restrictions involving pet travel.

Send Them on Their Own Vacation

If you're concerned about how your dog will handle the travel arrangements, this might be the perfect time to send them on their own vacation. Instead of bringing your dog with you this summer, send them to a local kennel like the Houston Dog Ranch. They'll be taken care of, and they'll spend their vacation time getting pampered by the staff. When you drop your dog off at the kennel, be sure to bring a few of their favorite toys and snacks. That way, they won't get too homesick while you're away.