on Sat. 19 May., 2012 at 12:12:50 AM
In reply to: BirchRose "We travel with our little dog all the time."
We just got back from 2-days in Banff, and it went well.
We tried leaving him in his crate the first night while we went for dinner (on the property), but he kicked up a fuss, so we got room service, instead. He might have settled down after a few minutes, but the hotel has rules about barking, so we didn't want to push our luck. However, the next day, we left him for a while to go to the hot tub, and he was fine. We stood outside the door for a few minutes to make sure. The weather was nice enough the next morning that we ate breakfast in the park. We picked up gourmet sandwiches for lunch, and they were big enough to do us for dinner, too, so it was all good.
When we go to Kelowna, we will want to leave him occasionally. When we go to the beach across the street, dogs aren't allowed there, and there are a couple of places we want to go for lunch or dinner. But we'll know not to try it on the first night. There's a great walking path near the building, and my DH and I have walked along it every morning on other trips, so this year we'll take the pup along on those walks, and we'll also do the walks in the evenings. He's a short-nosed dog, so we won't take him out in the heat of the afternoon, unless we go someplace where he's allowed in the water. There's a dog beach outside of the city, apparently, so we'll give that a try, but not every day.
He sleeps in his crate at night at home, so he slept in his crate in the hotel, too. He has a mat that he's accustomed to in his crate, and we put a couple of familiar toys in with him. We also brought a couple of new toys to play with in the hotel room, as we thought those would keep him interested longer than the same-old, same-old. It seemed to work.
We were pleased with how well he did. We never let him off leash outside except in our own yard, anyhow, so he had to be on leash at all times outside, but he did fine with it. (It's national park regulations, anyhow.) He's only 6 months old (in two days), so we didn't know how he'd do in a strange place, and we didn't know how he'd fare with carpeting, which we don't have in our place. He was excellent, though. Of course, it didn't hurt that we spent a LOT of time walking and hiking with him. *g*
One question I had, if you are eating in the car, do you feed your dog then, too? When we had breakfast in the park, he hadn't eaten. He's not a morning dog, and he doesn't normally like to eat until 10:00 or 10:30. We didn't want to have to go back to the hotel after breakfast to feed him, so we bought him scrambled eggs (which he gets once in a while at home, for his coat) and a sausage patty. At home, we don't feed him while we're eating, and he gets only limited people food (egg, pumpkin, ground bison, low-lactose yoghurt, and the occasional carrot). However, if we are on a fairly long road trip, we'd probably need to feed him when we stop to eat. Is that what you do? Do you feed her in the car?
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