13 reasons why you should take your dog on holiday with you

They are great companions while you travel.

Dogs are the perfect travel companions — they’re always up for an adventure and they love spending time with their humans. They’ll also help you meet new people while you’re on holiday as most dog owners are happy to stop and chat when they see you out and about with your pooch. After all, who doesn’t love a cute puppy?

Kids in Tsomoriri Lake, Ladakh, became best friends with Alzu, my golden retriever pup (let us go only after a promise from me to get a new Alzu for them❤️)
Kids in Tsomoriri Lake became best friends with Alzu (let us go only after a promise from me to get a new Alzu for them❤️)

It’s a fantastic opportunity for your dog to get some exercise.

If your dog is used to spending most of their time indoors, taking them on holiday is a great opportunity for them to get some exercise. Just make sure you research the area beforehand to ensure there are plenty of places where your dog can run around and explore.

You can use it as an opportunity to bond with your dog even more.

Pets provide us with companionship and love, so it only makes sense to include them in our holiday plans. Your dog will love all the new smells, sounds and sights on vacation. Dogs are social creatures and love being around people. A vacation is the perfect opportunity for them to meet new friends (both two-legged and four-legged).

Alzu (my pet golden retriver) & I posing after a long day playing near Pangong Tso, Ladakh
Alzu & I posing after a long day playing near Pangong Tso

You won’t have to worry about your dog when you travel alone

You’ll never have to worry about your dog getting homesick. Your pet will love spending time with you and will be by your side throughout the entire trip. You can bond with your furry friend while exploring new places together. Your dog can act as a natural alarm clock, so you’ll never oversleep again!

It’s a lot easier than leaving them at the kennel.

You can avoid leaving your dog in a kennel. If you’re worried about leaving your dog in a kennel while you go on holiday, taking them with you is the perfect solution. That way, you can rest assured knowing that your furry friend is safe and sound and having just as great a time as you are.

You’re likely to have more fun if you bring Bruno along.

Dogs are great at helping us relax and having fun. Studies have shown that petting a dog can lower our blood pressure and heart rate, and that playing with a dog can help reduce anxiety and improve our mood.

Alzu (my golden retriever pet) & me chilling near river on our drive towards Manali
Alzu & I chilling near river on our drive towards Manali

Dogs are not allowed in a lot of hotels, but they are allowed in most vacation rentals.

You can find pet-friendly accommodation and activities easily these days.Thanks to the rise in popularity of pets, it’s now easier than ever to find pet-friendly accommodation and activities when you’re on holiday. So there’s really no excuse not to take your furry friend with you. I will share a list of pet-friendly hotels I stayed at during my travels in the next blog post.

They’re happy to go anywhere and see anything.

Dogs are known for their love of adventure, and there’s no better way to explore a new place than with your furry friend by your side. They’ll be happy to go anywhere and see anything, and you’ll love having their company.

You may be able to bring them along on some activities.

Dogs love being active, and there are some activities that you can bring them along on, such as hiking or swimming. You’ll both love getting some exercise, and it’s a great way to bond with your furry friend. You can relax knowing they’re with you.

Your dog will be exposed to new sights and smells, which is great for their mental health.

Dogs love to explore and taking them on holiday is a great way to ensure they get plenty of stimulation. You can take your dog to the beach. One of the best things about taking your dog on holiday is that you can take them to the beach with you. Dogs love playing in the sand and water, and it’s a great way for them to cool off on a hot day.

Alzu, my golden retriever pet, playing in the grasslands near a frozen lake in Ladakh during our road trip
Alzu playing in the grasslands near a frozen lake in Ladakh during our 2022 road trip

It gives you an opportunity to reflect on your relationship with your dog.

Spending time with your dog in a new environment can give you a fresh perspective on your relationship. It’s the perfect time to reflect on how far you’ve come together and to think about what you want for the future. It’s a bonding experience for both of you.

Dogs love travelling, it should be a no-brainer!!

Your dog will love it. Travelling is great for dogs — it broadens their horizons and helps them socialise with new people and other animals. They love car rides, new smells and being in different places. It’s also a great way to tire them out (which means they’ll be less likely to bark at the neighbours when you get home).

And finally… the most important reason of all — taking care of your pooch will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside ❤️

Dogs are known for their ability to love unconditionally, and there’s nothing quite like being loved by your furry friend. So if you’re looking for a way to add some love and happiness to your holiday, taking your dog with you is the perfect solution.

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Shivani Bohare | Travel Blogger

Shivani Bohare | Travel Blogger

Solo traveller who switched from full-time “9–5” to “road trip with her pet golden retriever Alexis🐕”! I can teach you how to make your travel dreams true.