Have Dog Will Travel: Business Trips with Your Best Friend

Going on a business road trip can be complicated for pet owners. Fortunately, it is a growing trend among hotels to allow pets in their rooms. This makes it much easier to take care of your dog’s needs directly instead of paying to board them.

You may be surprised to learn that some of the best business hotel chains like Hilton will even allow you to bring your dog. If you are unsure about which hotels will allow your pet or what the policies are, you can check with them individually.

Turning the Trip into a Vacation for Your Dog

Most travelers look into specific amenities and tourist attractions that are of interest to them, but there are also going to be places that are well suited to your dog’s interests. A lot of smaller areas will feature dog parks, but many of the major business cities have even more to offer for your four-legged best friend. The following list contains a guide to traveling with a dog in a few key business cities.

Business Trips with Your Dog

1. Houston

If you want to relax with your dog after a long business meeting, the concierge at one of the best pet-friendly Houston hotels recommends taking your dog to the Boneyard Drinkery. Not only will your dog get to enjoy the perks of running at a leash-free dog park, but you can enjoy the fully stocked bar. Houston also has over a dozen other dark parks, along with several parks that require dogs to stay on a leash.

If you happen to be in town for business on April 13, 2013, you may want to take your dog with you to the Houston Pet Expo. When it is time for dinner, you can head to one of the almost 150 restaurants that have pet friendly outside seating, including the Porch Swing Pub, Barnaby’s Cafe and Ziggy’s Healthy Grill.

2. San Francisco

The next time you are in San Francisco, head to the north end of Baker Beach to allow your dog to run free while you take in a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition to Baker Beach, there are over 50 different beaches and parks that welcome dogs. If you want to see the town from the water, your on-leash dog will be welcomed by the crew of the Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruises.

The famous Castro Street Fair, which takes place on the first Sunday in October, also welcomes dogs that are on a leash. There are almost 300 dining options for you and your dog to share, including Beach Chalet, Palomino and Mad Dog in the Fog.

3. New York City

Your dog will be able to get some exercise at one of the dozens of dog parks, including the Sirius Dog Run. Central Park also presents a good place to walk your dog, but they must remain on a leash. Eating out is simple with almost 300 options, including the Barking Dog Luncheonette, Shake Shack and Vero NYC.

If you want your dog to have something to do while you are stuck in business meetings, consider booking them for a day with Canine Country Outings for NYC Dogs. This group will pick up and drop off your dog, and they take them into the country for three hours of play and exercise.

As you can see, it is easy for your dog to have an enjoyable vacation, and you can have the benefits of having your dog with you instead of leaving them at home. With just a bit of planning, your next business trip can turn into a great bonding experience for you and your dog.

Guest Author : Shelby Warden spent many years traveling for business and has always felt the trips she took her dogs on were the best. The next time you are looking for business-friendly Houston hotels that will also welcome your “best friend”, you can end your search with the Hilton Houston Southwest hotel. Conveniently located near IAH and HOU airports and the best area attractions, you will enjoy their Texan-style guest rooms and spacious accommodations.

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