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10 Tips To Make Traveling With Your Dog A Breeze

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Don't want to leave your pup at home for your next trip? These days it's so easy to find dog-friendly lodging and activities, it's silly not to! Nikki, an LA-based blogger and dog-mom behind the incredible travel site Where's The Frenchie, is sharing her pet-friendly travel tips. She has traveled so many times with her two frenchies, Weston and Fira, that they should have their own ready-to-go suitcases by now (be sure to also check out her darling doggie-filled instagram account @WTFrenchie). Here are 10 of her tried-and-true tips to ensure safe and smooth travels with your precious pooch. 
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Take Some Chewies With You

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'Where's The Frenchie' blogger and dog mom, Nikki, recommends always packing a couple Benebones for the pups to chew on when traveling. It gives them an activity to do when they're bored, relieves anxiety and is something from home.
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Have a Dog Pouch in Hand

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Stay organized, says Nikki. It's always a good idea to pack a small pouch with dog treats, extra poo bags and a lint roller (Frenchies are shedders like most other dogs)!
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Bring Your Pup's Favorite Blanket

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Don’t forget your pup’s favorite blanket! It’ll smell like home and keep 'em comfy in the car and hotel.
Photo: Nikki Star
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Carry Dog Wipes Wherever You Go

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Bring doggie cleaning wipes and/or washcloths for wiping dirty paws or cleaning up accidents (you'll never know if the hotel has white furniture like this one)!
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Pack Some Dog Food in a Resealable Bag learn more

Dog-mommy Nikki also has a pro-tip for bringing Fido's favorite food on the road: "Pack the dog food in a resealable bag and forego the bowls. Every dog-friendly hotel these days offer dog bowls or you can always call for an extra bowl or cup so there's no need to pack them."
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Research Dog-Friendly Hotels and Their Amenities

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Find a dog-friendly hotel and do your research. With more and more hotels welcoming dogs, it’s a relief to find a list of amenities for your dog(s). Ask what amenities are available for your pup, ask for a dog bed, bowls and if they have pet fees.
See a list of 20 Pet-Friendly hotels here
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Get Checked at The Vet Before Flying

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If you’re flying, make sure to go to your vet and get a health certificate about a week before you fly. This certificate just says that your pet is up to date on shots and is healthy to travel. It will take less than 10 minutes at the vet and they usually charge $50-80 (however much the vet charges for a typical office visit).
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Call Your Airline

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Also if you're flying, call the airline when you book your ticket to get a ticket for your dog (usually $125 each way). They only allow a limited number of dogs on board.
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Relieve Stress and Anxiety

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Nikki also encourages that you don't just bring those essential oils for yourself, but your dog buddy as well! "A calming lavender essential oil spray is nice to relieve stress and travel anxiety for you and your pup." 
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Just In Case of Motion Sickness

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"Motion sickness can happen. It hits me at times (especially if I’m on water!) and if it happens to your pup (you can usually tell that they’re nauseous if they start drooling a bit), ginger pills work like a charm. I always have some on hand when I travel. You can safely give your pooch a pinch of ginger powder or 1/2 – 1 capsule."

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