5 Cool Dog-Friendly Vacations That will have tails wagging
Dog Scouts of America, St. Helen, MI
Take your dog to camp! In St. Helen, MI you will find the Dog Scouts of America. Hang with fellow dog lovers and participate in all kinds of dog activities. For $750.00 a week for one camper and $400.00 per each additional camper, Meals and all activities are included, you can enter your dog in all kinds of sports and activities. Compete to earn badges and move up the ranks from Pup Scout all the way to the coveted Dog Scout title. If you bring 0ne dog it is included in your fee, each additional dog you bring is $50.00. With over 100 different merit badges you can earn this camp will keep you busy from morning until night. To give you an example of what types of things your dog will need to learn to achieve PUP Scouts status and the first badge on their road to achieving the Dog Scout title your furry friend will need to be able to pass each of the following tests:
- wear a bandanna
- understand the reward/memory marker (clicker, if used)
- respond to “sit” and “down” on cue
- stay quiet when alone for a few minutes
- allow grooming & handling of feet and ears
- interact safely with friendly dogs & people
- perform 1 additional trick or behavior (handler’s choice)
Some other fun badges you and your dog can work towards include DOGA exercise, Scrapbooking at Dog Scout Camp, Pho- DOG- raphy, Canine CPR, Dog massage, the all dog band, Dog painting, and dog acting. The camp is held two weeks in the summer. Check the official Dog Scouts Of America web site for more information.
Breathless Rivera Cancun Resort and Spa, Cancun, Mexico
Not into “ruff-ing” it? Then Breathless Resort, an adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort may be more your speed. Order room service, frolic on the beach, and then at night, your best friend will have his own luxury pet bed to curl up in. The resort can offer you recommendations on the best places in the area to take your furry friend, or just take in the beautiful sunset over the ocean from your private balcony. The only downside? This resort only caters to pups under 30 lbs.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
Located half-way between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks you will find The Ranch at Rock Creek. This all-inclusive Dude Ranch welcomes your friendly and well behaved best friend. While he may not be able to ride the horses, there is still a ton of other dog-friendly activities he can participate in. With over 20 miles of hiking trails, you can both take in the majestic wonder of the mountain views. In the summer take a dip in the lake (sorry no dogs in the pool). Fly-fishing, yoga, and photography classes are just a few of the other activities your pooch can tag along on. At night get to know some of your fellow guests around the campfire, just skip the chocolate on Fido’s s’more.
Austin is home to all sorts of dog-friendly establishments. For starters, you can head over to the Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park. Chase some balls and mingle with the other dogs in this ½ acre fenced off-leash park. When you need a break head over to the Drinkery, inside this enclosed park, and you and your buddy can cool off with a refreshing beverage from the bar. The bar has indoor seating with TV’s so you can watch the game as well as other traditional bar type activities. The décor is geared towards dog lovers and of course, your pal is welcome inside. After a fun day of making new friends, you may want to head over to the Four Seasons Hotel where pets are always welcome. With advance notice, guests traveling with pets receive a variety of complimentary add-ons, from plush bedding and a Four Seasons bandana to food bowls filled with their house-made gourmet dog biscuits. Pets also have access to a special room service menu and can join you for dining outside at the Hotels TRIO patio restaurant where pets get their own special menu. After all that you might want to relax and unwind a bit at Austin Doga where you and your dog can find your zen in one of several yoga classes designed for you both to renew your mental and spiritual self and reconnect with each other.
Woofstock, Toronto, Canada
What is Woofstock, you ask? Only the largest dog festival in all of North America. Attracting thousands of dogs and their human counterparts this festival is Disney Land for dogs. Participate in tons of different activities like best dressed Fashion Show, try your paws at Lure Coursing, watch the Stunt Dogs show, trick training workshops, off-leash play areas, and more!! Plus, if you are looking for any hard to find doggie items this is the place to shop. This event attracts hundreds of vendors from across the globe, so you should be able to find everything on your dog’s wish list. Tired out after a full day of puppy fun? Be sure to book a room at the official hotel of Woofstock, The Westin Harbour Castle by Marriott. Your pet will be welcomed with open arms by the staff and your pup will have use of his own special doggie bed, food and water bowl, and complimentary pickup bags. Not only that but the chef bakes special dog cookies for all their 4-legged guests. Want to know where else you and your pet can be welcomed around town? Just ask the concierge and they can give you a list of all the dog-friendly places nearby.
Do you have any favorite places to travel to with your dog? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.