Love Dogs, Must Travel: Pet Friendly Places In Missouri

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(KTVI) - The summer travel season kicks off this weekend, but what do you do with our four-legged friend while you travel?

First time author Justine Riggs says bring them. She shows you how in her new book, "Love Dogs, Must Travel: A Guide to Dog Friendly Hotel, Hikes, Restaurants and more in Missouri."

Justine talks about some of the most popular places for pets.

Be sure to visit Love Dogs Must Travel.com to get her book today.

Some of Riggs` tips for traveling with dogs:

·         Start Small    It`s best to begin by taking dogs on short errands like the bank or post office so they get a feel for riding in the car.

·         Call Ahead   There may be a hotel or attraction on your itinerary that either doesn`t list pet information on their website or has not updated details in a long time.  If there is a can`t-miss location on your trip, call ahead and confirm details.

·         Bring Cleaning Supplies    Some dogs have a tendency to roll around in and eat things they shouldn`t when they`re out of their element.  It`s best to have towels and other cleaning supplies along just in case.

·         Traveling Alone?  Plan Potty Breaks for Yourself    Most bathrooms do not allow pets to accompany their companions inside.  Have a plan for how to handle nature`s call if you`re traveling by yourself.

·         Be Conscious of Puppy Paw Pads    When walking in unfamiliar areas, you may encounter rough terrain or plant life that your pup isn`t conditioned to handle.  Be conscious of your dog`s tolerance for these unusual materials and consider bringing booties for hiking.

·         Plan to Make Friends!   Riggs says some of the best attractions in her book were found by talking with other dog owners.  She says there is a natural camaraderie among people who love their puppies - take advantage of their knowledge.

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