Have you ever had awesome summer plans, but were worried about leaving your dog behind? According to a new survey of dog owners from Rover, 37% of pet parents have chosen NOT to travel so they could stay home with their dog.
On the other hand, some pet parents take the opposite approach. They’ll do just about anything to bring their dogs on vacay, rather than miss out:
- 38% of pet parents have driven instead of flown to their destination
- 10% of pet parents have hidden their dog in their luggage to sneak them into a hotel
- 3% of pet parents have tried to disguise their dog as a baby when boarding a plane (seriously!)
In a Nutshell
- Millennial pet parents go the extra mile when it comes to staying connected and pampering their dog when they travel:
- 27% schedule day and evening care while 17% create a music playlist.
- 22% of dog owners ages 21-24 and 11% ages 25-34 have hidden their dog in their bag or luggage compared to 7% of dog owners ages 35-44
- Baby Boomers are more likely to take their pet with them when they travel (42% of dog owners ages 55-64)
- If they do decide to leave their pet at home, 25% of Baby Boomers make homemade treats for their dog to enjoy when they are away and a whopping 75% leave behind an article of clothing with their scent on it.
- Females are more likely to take their dog with them when they travel (25%) compared to men (14%)
- 15% of pet parents arrange special play dates for their dogs with other dogs when they’re away; the same amount schedule video call sessions with their pup when they’re out of town
- Don’t forget to remember me: 3% of pet parents have left an enlarged or over-sized photo of themselves that their dog(s) can see when they’ve been away from home
- 7% of pet parents have dressed their furry friends as service animals when they’re really not service pets when traveling together
And remember, for those who may not be willing to try the trust-me-this-is-a-baby-not-a-dog trick, Rover has the world’s largest network of 5-star sitters and walkers who can give pet parents peace of mind when they head out on a trip.