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Dog Travel Survey Reveals Surprising Results

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Dex is my road warrior sidekick.


As we continue our dog-friendly Fidose Across America tour, the timing of the second annual State of U.S. Pet Travel study** from DogVacay could not have come at a better time. Are you one of those people who likes dog travel? The survey reveals several surprising results around the impact sharing life with a dog can have on travel.

Here at Fidose of Reality, we only travel with our dog unless a business trip via air travel is required. Only in that rare circumstance does the dog stay with my spouse. Apparently we are not alone. The survey reveals that 46% of dog owners agree that worrying about their dog(s) while they’re away makes it harder to enjoy their trip. Dogs are members of the family and though it takes extra effort to plan ahead, pack properly, and care for Fido while traveling, the rewards are oh so worth it.

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Missing Moments

Have you ever passed on an invitation because you don’t want to leave your dog behind? Again, you are not alone. In the past year, 14 percent of dog owners have missed important life events, such as an out of town wedding or family gathering, because they did not want to leave their dog(s) behind.

Traveling Together

A total of 32 percent of dog owners take their pets with them in the car when they are away for two or more nights. This stat is provided courtesy the American Pet Products Association. According to the 2013-2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 82.5 millions homes. This means millions of dogs are taking to the nation’s highways and biways to trek across the country with their human pack mates.

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Skip the  Stress

Ask about pet policies and weight limits prior to booking a hotel room. Just because a travel book or website says it is so does not make it so; pet policies frequently change. Additionally, ask about pet fees and access to greenery for Fido’s taking care of business.

Speaking of Pet Policies

In the DogVacay survey,  a quarter (27 percent) say financial challenges such as kennel fees or paying a pet deposit at a hotel have impacted their vacation plans. I appeared on The Pet Stop with Dr. Brian Voynick and dished pet travel. Here’s the scoop on what you should know before you travel with a dog:

Fidose Across America

We’ve been from Pennsylvania to California and are touring the Grand Canyon before heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico. So far, so good, and we’ll have a complete road recap, photos, video, and recommendations. We gave away a prize to the first Fidose fan who stopped to say hi to us at the BlogPaws Conference in Vegas. Congrats to Fidose fan, Jan Todd, who won a limited edition Wigglebutt Biscuits Dexter print.

So now we want to know: Do you travel with your dog? If so, how often and do you think the DogVacay survey reflects your own pack and dog travels?

** The DogVacay survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of DogVacay from April 7 – 9, 2014 among 2,025 adults ages 18 and older, of whom 986 were dog owners.


A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the dog world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Melissa says

    We have always traveled with our dogs – except for one time when I left them with my husband for a girls weekend. I have to admit, it was really hard to leave them. They are our family so to leave them behind just doesn’t seem right.

  2. Aimee @ Irresistible Pets says

    Before Chuy, Frank and I would get in the car and just go without even having a plan. Now days, it’s takes more planning to do something like that! I refuse to leave him at a kennel or boarding place b/c he really hates it. I actually wish we would have introduced him to that when he was a puppy. Luckily, I have my Mom here locally and she is more than happy to watch her “grand dog” any time we can’t take him along! I have to say that’s one of the best parts of BlogPaws is getting to bring your dog everywhere! Can’t wait to here about the rest of your trip!

  3. M. K. Clinton says

    The conference was actually the first time that I wasn’t worried sick over leaving Bentley. He was staying at a pet resort and shared a private room with Pierre. Do I skip things that the boys can join me? Yes! We are going to purchase a new car next month and the main consideration is if it will be a comfortable ride for them. Bentley is be able to travel with us to Nashville! Bark More, Growl Less Barking from the Bayou!

  4. Catherine Armato says

    Great post & tips Carol. We take both our dogs with us everywhere. We also travel cross country with them twice a year and make a fun vacation out of it. If we ever have to board them we use the PetSmart Hotel because they know us and our dogs very well and have strict procedures and standards that all stores must comply with. Finding trusted canine sitters and getting the dog used to them will increase peace of mind. My little one fits under the airplane seat but I’d never fly my larger dog in the belly of a plane, too scary and unpredictable. She would stay with PetSmart and go to doggie day camp while we are away.
    – Catherine Armato

  5. Emma says

    We travel whenever Mom travels. Luckily, she traveled so much in her life she isn’t much for leaving home anymore. Now with the BlogPaws road trip I have 18 states under my belt and 5 countries. Bailie has 17 state and Katie has 11 states and 6 countries. We only fly if it is necessary like moving from Germany back to the US. We are great in the car and just like to be together. Enjoy your vacation!

  6. Terri Beach says

    We have 2(had 3 just lost one) Scotties and take them everywhere we go,except any air travel of course. We take them to Ocean City Md 1-2 times a year and to Outer Banks (very dog friendly area) every year and rent a house for a week or two. We traveled 13 hours to St. Louis to pickup a puppy. We took them to Myrtle Beach and then on to Georgia, then back up the coast with a briedfOuter Banks trip on the way home, in 2009. We love taking them with us.

  7. andrea says

    Yes my spouse and I do not leave our 3 pups at home however more frequently the teenage boys rarely travel with us lol. We do consider the importance of the event and other particulars before accepting invitations even for local events

  8. Linda - Alfie's Blog says

    Our Alfie is a seasoned traveller. We recently moved from the UK to San Francisco, and although I was really nervous about having him travel with the cargo he took it in his stride and seemed cool as a cucumber when we picked him up ‘on the other side’. I would never take him on a plane for just a holiday though. We definitely choose our holiday spots with him in mind, and prefer to rent a dog friendly cottage just so that he can come along!

  9. Kelsie says

    Our travel plans have definitely been impacted by our dogs. We have a really hard time leaving them. We don’t kennel them and finding someone trustworthy to live in our home to care for them is quite difficult (we’re military so no family nearby). Our relatives have dogs, many of which are not dog social, so we would have to do a lot of rotating the dogs and I feel like that would be more stressful for our pups. In a perfect world, we’d be able to easily take them everywhere with us. It’s hard leaving your furbabies with other people!

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