With its fabulous sights, monuments and historical culture, France is a great destination for taking a break and enjoying some relief from the rush of everyday life. Family holidays are a great chance at spending leisurely quality time with the ones that you love, and that includes your dog too!
If you’re thinking of taking your dog to France but are unsure of how to go about it, here’s the complete guide to taking your dog to France!
What you need to prepare
Before setting out on this fun French adventure with your canine friend, there are some preparations to get out of the way. In order for your dog to travel with you, your dog must:
- Be microchipped. Not only does your dog need to be microchipped in order to travel, but microchipping is a legal requirement and is essential to every owner seeking to keep their pets safe and to make it easier to find them in case they wander or are lost!
- Have a passport. A passport must be issued for your dog at least 21 days prior to the date of travelling. The passport is usually given to you by your regular vet, and contains essential information about your pet such as their appearance, age, and vaccinations.
- Be up to date on vaccinations. Your dog should also have received all the necessary vaccinations required, such as rabies, at least 21 days before travelling.
Take your essentials!
Every dog owner should have their doggie essentials packed and ready to go. This includes a muzzle with a collar and leash and your dog’s treats and the specific food they’re used to. Your dog will probably also require a carrier crate for the flight and travel, so make sure you have one that is comfortable and not entirely foreign to your dog in order to keep them feeling safe and secure during the trip!
Booking the right place
If you are taking your dog to France, you should definitely look into dog-friendly accommodation which would allow you to keep your canine with you during your trip. Here are a few dog-friendly hotels in Paris:
Keep in mind that if your dog is well behaved and trained properly, taking them out and about in the city would be no hassle! Yet, places such as museums, galleries and the Palace of Versailles do not allow dogs inside, and so you should plan the places you’d like to visit before you commence your trip!
Most restaurants in France are in fact dog-friendly, however, you should look into dog-friendly restaurants and cafes around your area beforehand so you can take your canine friend with you to a fabulous French meal!
If you are looking to spend quality time with your pooch in the outdoors, look for parks and sites that are dog-friendly and where you can allow your dog to fully experience this trip, such as the Vincennes Woods, one of Paris’ major parks where you can enjoy a nice scenic walk in nature and allow your pup to explore!
Enjoy your trip!
Now that you have all essential knowledge at hand, you’re ready to take your dog on a fun French holiday adventure and enjoy quality time with the whole family!