Find Out if They're a Traveler
Not every dog is cut out to be a rolling stone. "There definitely are dogs that would rather stay at home," says Ellis. She adds, "But no one knows your dog better than you."
Not sure? Here's how to find out: If your dog barks anytime a floorboard creaks, hotel living probably isn't for him. If they get carsick or nervous in new places, call in a qualified sitter. In fact, pet insurance company Trupanion says that 64 percent of the company's travel-related health claims are due to some sort of anxiety issue. Bottom line: If you can't leave your dog for long periods of time without coming back to shreds of upholstery everywhere, it's probably best to find a capable sitter. Search DogVacay.com for pre-screened dog-sitters in your city.