dog friendly vacation rentalsIf you hate to go on vacation and leave your furry best friend behind, then you'll be glad to know that it's possible to book dog friendly vacation rentals. Not only will you both have a great time, but you'll be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your dog is happy while saving on those expensive kennel fees.


When you're searching for dog friendly vacation rentals, keep in mind that the best dog friendly vacation rentals are houses with their own yard. In some cases, an exterior kennel or a fenced in yard may be available. Inside the home, expect to find hard floors that are easy to clean just in case your puppy gets a little nervous in a new environment and has an accident or two.

Don't expect lavish furniture in dog friendly vacation rentals. The furniture will be clean and comfortable, but not so fancy that you'll be afraid to let your dog curl right up beside you in the evenings. If your rental house comes furnished with kitchen supplies, food and water bowls will probably be available, but you might want to bring your own just in case. Besides, a few things from home will make your pet feel more comfortable.


Read carefully through the details of any dog friendly vacation rental before booking it for your stay. While many homes will allow just about any pet, some restrict usage to just one small dog. Sometimes, the owners will even want you to crate it. If that's not your idea of fun, keep looking. It can be a challenge to find a rental that will allow a cat or other types of pets, but it's fairly easy to locate one that will allow up to two dogs of any size. The house may have a special rule that says all dogs must be housebroken, and almost all dog friendly vacation rentals will require the renter to clean up all solid waste from the yard before they check-out.

Extra Fees

Although you will be saving on kennel or dog-sitting fees, many dog friendly vacation rentals do charge extra fees for your pet to come along on your trip, such as an extra clean-up fee and/or a per-dog damage deposit. The clean-up fee covers any extra wear and tear or damage to the home. It will also cover any flea treatments. In some cases, your damage deposit may be returned if you leave the home in the same condition that you found it.

Never try to stay in a rental that doesn't allow pets or neglect to disclose that you will be bringing your pet. Either situation would be grounds to ask you to leave immediately. Most fees are minimal, but it's something to consider before making a reservation.

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Hit the Beach

Certain types of destinations naturally lend themselves to dog friendly vacation rentals. Beaches are a great choice. To cut down on the sand, most homes have pet-friendy interiors and take advantage of it by advertising as a dog friendly vacation rental. Instead of choosing a tourist trap with huge crowds, pick a secluded beach with long stretches of unspoiled coastline. While most beaches will require a leash of some form, some will allow your dog to roam free as long as the beach is fairly empty. The Outer Banks of North Carolina are famous for unspoiled beaches that allow your dog to roam free. For your best chance of a private strip of sand, make sure look for the 4-Wheel drive areas.

Don't wait to spend a little quality time with your pup. Book your dog friendly vacation rental today!

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