• Russell Levinson

Road trips with your dog - How to do it

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

Personally, I view most of my vacations as time off from my dog. I go away and I leave her with a friend. But I have done a few road trips with the dog now and have some tips.

If you are driving, bring the pet bed if you have one. My dog did much better with that than sitting on the car seat alone. If you are taking public transit, consider a pet stroller. These will allow you to bring the dog anywhere, as long as you close it up. It gives ample room, has extra space below for personal items. If you want to walk the dog to the train station, you can set your backpack in the stroller and let Fido walk until not allowed. I was able to do this on my way back home too, in Penn Station without anyone saying anything. Use elevators, avoid stairs and escalators!

To find hotels that will allow dogs, start here: You can also choose "pets allowed as a filter on most of the large chain sites such as Marriott, Hilton, etc. Filters are generally available at the top of the page. I recommend starting with bringfido and then going to the hotel site for the best price.

Next, you will have to verify pet fees, which is quite easy on, (assuming it has the correct info) but you will have to jump through a few hoops to find the policy on the individual hotel sites. Below, you can see Marriott's website. You must click through to the individual hotel website, then scroll down to the amenities, then click on hotel details and scroll down to the bottom to see the pet details.

Fees can range from $50 to over $250 depending on hotel policy and length of stay, as well as the size of the dog. The fee will be listed as a non-refundable deposit, and you will have to sign a form to possibly pay additional fees for any damage to the room. I was able to find two hotels with no pet fee in Manhattan.

  1. Don't forget to bring all the food, toys, leashes for the length of your stay

  2. Be aware of the hotels rules which may include using separate entrances and not being allowed to leave the dog in the room alone. Housekeeping can also be an issue. I always skip it entirely for stays of 3 days or less.

  3. Remember that your fido probably won't love the changes and you should plan accordingly. Find the dog park and don't leave them in the room for too long.

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