Thanks to blogger Aurora James for creating this post. Aurora believes there are no bad dogs. She created DogEtiquette.info to share her dog training tips and advice to dog owners everywhere.
When planning vacations, people often want family and friends to tag along, so it comes as no surprise that dog owners want to bring along their dogs too. After all, many people consider their dog to be a part of the family and a best friend. If you’re planning a trip with your dog, there are some important considerations to make and steps to take to ensure your dog is safe and comfortable on vacation.
You should first consider how much traveling your dog can handle. This will help you choose a location. If flying is out of the question, some vacation spots may be eliminated. In order to fly, your dog should be the appropriate age and in good health. Also, certain breeds cannot travel in cargo, such as snub-nosed dogs like pugs. If you’re on a tight budget, consider that there are fees for flying with pets.
Flying can be pricey, but that doesn’t mean all dogs are up for a road trip. Before taking her on a long trip, ensure your dog does well with shorter drives. Are you willing to plan ahead for every stop? You’ll need to locate rest areas for your dog and dog-friendly hotels. Also, consider what you would do with your dog if you need to stop for food.
Once you come up with the distance you can travel with your dog, determine the type of vacation your dog will enjoy. You have to put her interests first. For example, if your dog doesn’t enjoy the great outdoors, a camping trip may not be a good idea. On the flipside, if she loves going for swims and rolling around in the leaves, a stay in a lakeside cabin with an itinerary full of outdoor adventure is a great idea. For example, New York is home to Cayuga Lake Cabins, which is surrounded by vineyards and forests, so you can hike, kayak, fish, take a wine tour, and more. And best of all, it’s dog friendly.
Before any trip, take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup to ensure she’s in good health and up to date on vaccinations. Ensuring you have all of the necessary pet supplies is also essential. Bring all medications, such as flea and tick prevention (especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors), a crate, toys, leash, and more. Have a health certificate and medical records on hand, as well as a record of rabies vaccination and up-to-date ID tags.
Follow the rules of etiquette when traveling with pets. Have your dog groomed right before the trip, and bring along supplies to help her stay clean. For example, pack wipes to clean dirty paws after walks and a spare towel for a wipe down. Don’t forget to bring dog poop bags so that you can properly clean up after your dog.
In addition to distracting the driver, an unrestrained dog that’s freely wandering the vehicle is more likely to be injured in an accident. Keep your dog safe in a car by restraining her in the backseat with a pet harness/safety belt, travel crate, pet vehicle seat, or pet barrier. Don’t allow your dog to stick her head out the window, as this can cause ear damage or lung infections. Stop every two to three hours for her to exercise and use the bathroom.
When leaving for a trip, be sure to double-check your home security to prevent break-ins while you’re away. A security system and wireless cameras prevent break-ins and give you peace of mind. Be wary about how much information you give on social media as well. “There have been documented cases of thieves using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to discover when their victims will be gone,” warns Redfin. Instead of hiding a spare key, give it to a trusted neighbor. Lastly, become knowledgeable on why and how criminals break into homes.
If you consider your dog a member of your family or your best friend, you may want to bring her along to enjoy your vacation with you. However, a vacation isn’t the same as a short trip to the dog park; you’ll need to adequately plan for a pet-friendly vacation. Following some advice on planning and preparing for a trip with your dog ensures that the experience is enjoyable for everyone, including you, your dog, and other travelers.
Cayuga Lake Cabins is the perfect home base for exploring the Finger Lakes this fall.
Here are our top 10 recommendations to make your visit memorable!
Leaf Peeping – Go Anywhere! You’ll be surround by brilliant foliage everywhere you turn. While each year is different peak fall foliage season is usually late September to mid-October.
Wine Tasting – harvest is in full swing & this is the busiest time of year at the wineries. All 16 wineries on the Cayuga Wine Trail are open for tasting and are dog friendly too!
Hiking - Taughannock Falls State Park has the tallest freestanding waterfall on the eastern seaboard & hiking trails. Ithaca truly is “Gorges” – there are over 100 waterfalls within 10 sq. miles of Ithaca (http://visitithaca.com)
Don’t miss the 35th downtown Ithaca Apple Fest (9/29-10/1) and Cider Week Finger Lakes (9/29-10/8) celebrating the current cider revival in the USA, events happening throughout the Finger Lakes.
Visit Lively Run Goat Farm & Creamery in Interlaken, one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country offering tastings, tours & a gift shop.
Check out Iron Kettle Farm located in Candor, about 1 hour south of the cabin. With pumpkin displays, hayrides, corn maze, and more it’s fall fun for all ages.
Visit a local U-Pick Apple farm – Indian Creek Farm (Ithaca) & Kingtown Orchard (Trumansburg) offer picking through Nov.
Experience farm-fresh local food prepared by a Finger Lakes chef paired with premium wines at the Knapp Winery Restaurant’s monthly Harvest Dinners.
It’s a stone’s throw to the Boathouse Beer Garden, 1 mile no. of the cabin, with 24 on-tap brews and ciders and wine by the glass. Live music every Friday and Saturday with food for sale. The BBG’s 3rd annual Beer Fest happens 10/7.
Wind down your fun-filled day with a relaxing campfire at the Cayuga Lake Cabins firepit.
Cayuga Lake Cabinsis proud to announce a new discount open to all veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military.
The offer is good for 10 percent off the rental rate for our log cabin vacation rental property. Minimum 2-night stay. To qualify, veterans and current members of the armed services will need to present Cayuga Lake Cabins with a copy of their military ID or other proof of service (DD214 or similar document).
To receive your discount, call 607-738-9288 or book the cabin directly on line. We have 2 cabins for rent, each listed separately on the VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) & HomeAway site – Cabin A and Cabin B.
Once you’ve confirmed your military/veteran status, you’ll be eligible for the discount. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Based on availability. Requires signed rental agreement and security deposit. Fees and taxes will be applied to rental rate.
This offer comes on the heels of Cayuga Lake Cabins’ announcement that it was contributing 1 week free lodging to this year’s Vacations for Veterans program, which offers veterans free stays to Purple Heart recipients from Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns.
“Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” - John Muir
We love walking in this peaceful preserve, located just ½ mile north of Cayuga Lake cabins and our home. Our cabin guests love it too, and it’s a great place for dog walking too. Dogs go crazy with discovering all the new sights and smells!
VanRiper Conservation Area
On the west side of Cayuga Lake, in the town of Romulus, lie these magnificent natural areas that together comprise approximately 1,900 feet of peaceful lakeshore, woods, and gullies. A parking area on Route 89, located just ½ mile north of Cayuga Lake Cabins, connects to a footpath providing easy access to the lake, especially nice for people wanting to launch a canoe or kayak. A lovely trail through the woods provides an opportunity for an easy loop hike. Stand along the water’s edge at this wide part of Cayuga Lake, and you are likely to see interesting water birds, boats, and the quaint hamlet of Aurora on the far shore.
Photos taken in late November at VanRiper Conservation Area and Whitlock Nature Preserve
The log cabin is a unique American dwelling – it claims appeal as a basic form of shelter and also a creator of memories, good times, laughter shared among friends and family. Intimate and simple, the Log Cabin is a trusted American icon. Cayuga Lake Cabins invites you to enjoy our unique form of retreat - whether for a romantic couple’s getaway, a family reunion, a birthday celebration for friends, a writers’ retreat, or any occasion, elaborate or simple.
In 2014 Jim and Cheryl Santos envisioned a place for quiet respite and celebration of this beautiful area of the country, and we began the construction of cabins that we ourselves wanted to retreat to. Our goal that we carried out was to develop wonderful inviting cabins that provide all the amenities and comforts of home, spaciousness, coziness, and the feeling of really getting away from it all.
Here in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY, on the west shore of Cayuga Lake, take in the serenity of shimmering lake views, sunrises & sunsets, admire flocking geese and white tailed deer, rejoice about pristine forests, vineyards and waterfalls. Retreat into unspoiled natural beauty, explore hiking gorges and trails, dine in wonderful restaurants where you will indulge in the fabulous local food fare this region is known for. Love the wines of the Finger Lakes? Cayuga Lake Cabins are centrally located on the Cayuga Wine Trail in a wine region that garners raves for its Reisling, Gerwurtztraminer, and Sparkling dry rose wines.
Our guests rave about our location – close to wineries, hiking trails, attractions, yet far away crowds, noise and traffic. They tell us they love the locale, the quality of the cabin construction, the privacy and quiet and the personal experience the cabins offer compared to impersonal hotel rooms. Create a gold mine of memories with your cabin stay. Enjoy the best that log cabin vacation rentals can offer in our contemporary vacation rental log cabins (we have 2 nearly identical cabins, each sleeping up to 6 guests). Cayuga Lake Cabins is your Finger Lakes getaway dream come true. You don’t have to search for a better place to stay.