Many people don’t realize that taking their dogs on vacation can be fun. When you bring your dog with you on a trip, you will find you get more exercise. Your dog will want to get out and explore because the new sights, sounds, and smells are stimulating to him. And of course, dogs have to go out for potty breaks. This means you’ll be more inclined to get outdoors and explore. Dogs don’t allow us to be couch potatoes. Even if they were welcome there, dogs don’t enjoy lounging around a hotel pool.

Having your dog with you makes you feel more at home when you’re traveling. It’s surprising how much we miss our dogs when we’re away from them. Our pets are a more significant part of our lives than we sometimes give them credit for, they give us a feeling of safety and comfort.

Thinking of traveling with your dog? Here are the top five (5) dog-friendly summer vacation spots:

1.    Portland, Oregon

Portland may be a hotspot for human summer travelers, but it’s also a dog-friendly location. You can enjoy the sights and smells of a pub at the Lucky Lab Brewing Company. Your dog can also take in many of the most popular Portland attractions right along with you, including hiking by the river, the Hoyt Arboretum, the Rose Gardens, and more.

2.    Paris, France

This is easily the most pet-friendly city in Europe. You can dine at any of the thousands of sidewalk cafes in Paris, and you will see pets sitting by their owners or under the tables in nearly all of them. Paris is the city of lights, where pets can dine in the same restaurant as their owners. Visit the Montmartre district where artists have set up their easels on the sidewalk. For a few francs, an artist can create an original painting of you and your pet.

3.    Chicago, Illinois

Chicago may be one of the hottest cities in the world for travel and fun, but it’s also one of the most dog-friendly summer vacation cities in the United States. If your dog loves the outdoors, Chicago offers plenty of parks for your furry friends. Take a visit to Puptown Park, OzPark or Brant Bark Park. You and your furry friend can also splash around at Dog Beach or Montrose Dog Beach.

4.    Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is beautiful with plenty of dog-friendly beaches such as Hadden Park, and Fraser River Park. You can go jogging on the beach with your dog and watch the sun set. The two of you can also enjoy some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park, as well as the Hell’s Gate Airtram.

5.    Madrid, Spain

The city is one of Europe’s oldest and worthy of a ranking in our top five dog-friendly summer vacation. This is a city of plazas with fountains and statues everywhere. Take your pet on a walk to the Plaza Mayor. Plaza de Oriente is also next to the palace you can find the modern Almudena Cathedral and Opera House.

All things considered, bringing your dog this summer will enhance your vacation experience. Also, remember to bring a pet activity tracker, like Poof, to track all the activity during the vacation and also share pictures of adventures via the Poof app. The bond between you and your dog will grow even stronger.