Our Top Ten Dog-Friendly Vacation Resort Areas in the
-Which Vacation Resort Areas welcome you and your pup!
|DogFriendly.com announces its
2007 List of the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Resort Areas to Visit In
The United States.
DogFriendly.com announces its Fourth annual
list of the Top 10 dog-friendly resort areas in the United States. Last month we announced the Top 10 dog-friendly large cities to visit in the U.S. and Canada. The rankings are determined by the DogFriendly.com staff and take into account the number and quality of dog-friendly accommodations, interesting things to do with your dog,
beaches, parks, nearby attractions and outdoor
restaurants that allow dogs.
ME - This dog-friendly town has it all. Walking
tours, cruises, beaches, parks and islands to visit. A number of off-leash dog parks. Nearby Boothbay
is worth a visit.
CA - Dog-Friendly Carmel City Beach, trails, shopping,
outdoor restaurants and quaint lodging. Carmel and
Monterey are easy areas to walk around.
Ridge NC - Walk the Asheville Urban Trail. Visit
the grounds of the Biltmore Estate or shop at Biltmore
Village. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway.
West FL - Quaint B&B's, lots of outdoor
dining. Charter a boat, walk the charming village
VA - Visit Monticello and Red Hill Estates grounds,
dog-friendly wineries, shop at the historic downtown
mall. Visit dog-friendly Shenandoah park nearby.
Hills SD - You can see Mt. Rushmore from the pet
area. A number of other attractions, hiking trails and
parks. If you have kids visit the Flintstones
Tahoe CA/NV - Visit the dog-friendly village and
gondola at Squaw Valley. Rent a boat on the lake, swim
at one of four beaches for dogs. Cross country skiing
May NJ - Visit Historic Cold Spring Village. Whale
watch or charter boats. Visit wineries, parks, beaches
and take the ferry to Lewes, DE.
Canyon AZ - Dogs can walk along the rim and view
the canyon with you. If you and your dog are up to
hiking down the canyon try the Havasupai Reservation.
Hills OH - Dog-friendly accommodations and
dog-friendly parks. Don't miss the caves and scenic
hikes of Hocking Hills State Park. Rent a canoe or
Honorable Mentions - The following five places are also
excellent vacation spots to visit with your dog -
Dutch Country, PA
Well Behaved Dogs Welcome: Just what does this mean?
a Well-Behaved Team
When reading about places you may want to go with
your dog you will often run across the words
"Well-behaved dogs allowed". On
DogFriendly.com many of our listings say that dogs
must be well-behaved. Just what does this mean? And is
it really mostly about the dog, or the owner? Since we
started DogFriendly.com nine years ago, in 1998, we
have talked with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of
people at various pet-friendly establishments.
Here is what we think it takes to have a well-behaved
The phrase "Well-behaved dog" applies
equally to the dog and the owner. Dogs must be kept on leash in all
public places (sidewalks, malls and parks except for
designated off-leash areas). Even a very well trained dog
must be kept on leash at these places. Some people,
and certainly the business owners, may not be
comfortable with a dog off-leash roaming around people
and children. They do not know your dog or how friendly and
well-behaved they are. If people violate the leash
requirements almost certainly a "No Dogs
Allowed" sign will follow.
The second requirement of a well-behaved dog is for
their owner to choose appropriate places for their dog
to go "potty". A well-trained dog does not simply
"go" where ever they are, indoors, on public sidewalks, at a restaurant,
in transportation vehicles or even on dirt or grassy
areas inside a museum area. Ideally, a dog should be
given the opportunity to go at the appropriate place
by the owner before visiting such an establishment. Of course, when they do go the owner should
promptly and completely clean up after the dog. Failure to train dogs to go where
and when they should or to clean up after them
will also cause dogs to be banned from many places.
Before you take your dog to public places you need
to know how they will get along with other people and
dogs. Unless you are going to an off-leash dog park
then getting along with people and especially children
is the most important thing. Children will, in public
places, run up and pat your dog. Sometimes our dogs
have been surrounded by 5 to 10 kids at a time. How
will the dog handle this? They cannot be aggressive in
any way towards the children. A well-behaved dog will
need to handle this sort of situation. A leash is
helpful as well to get the attention of your dog or to
remove them from a threatening situation before
Dogs are pack animals and when off-leash with other
dogs they will sort out their pack order. If all dogs
are on leash and controlled not much can happen,
although a dog can bark quite a bit. Problems arise if
one or more dogs are off-leash and some dogs are on
leash. The off-leash dogs may run up to an on-leash
dog who feels somewhat defenseless since they are
leashed and the other dogs are not. This is
another reason that all dogs should be kept on leash
in public places. At an off-leash park or a doggy
daycare, care must be taken when introducing a new dog
to the existing group of dogs that have already sorted
So how about barking? All dogs will bark once in a
while. Sometimes, its to say "hi". Sometimes
its a warning that someone is about to open your hotel
room. Sometimes it's part of playing. A well-behaved
dog should not bark continuously as that will annoy
the rest of the people in a public area. An occasional
bark is usually okay.
The "well-behaved dog" is really a catch
phrase not just entirely for the dog but for the owner and
the dog together. A well-behaved team does not create
problems for the other people around them. The well-behaved
dog does not have to be perfect. Each of us, dogs
included, have our faults. You should never
leave a mess in a public place and you should always
obey leash requirements. It is important to remember
that when you take your dog to public places that are
not specifically created for dogs, you represent, to a
degree, all dog owners and future dog owners who would
like to visit that place.
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the Mid-Atlantic States.
DogFriendly.com has added hundreds of
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