Stats: 37% of Dog Owners Have Skipped Vacation to Stay With Dog

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Travelers will go to great lengths to hit the road with their dogs, according to a new report from pet sitter and dog walker network Rover. The report, which is based on a survey of 500 dog owners, found that 37 percent of respondents have chosen not to travel so they could stay home with their dog.

Additionally, some pet parents will do just about anything to bring their pups on vacay rather than missing out:

  • 38 percent have driven instead of flown to their destination
  • 10 percent have hidden their dog in their luggage to sneak them into a hotel
  • 3 percent have tried to disguise their dog as a baby when boarding a plane (seriously!)

Here are some more highlights from the survey:

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  • Young dog owners (ages 21-24) go the extra mile when it comes to staying connected and pampering their dog when they travel:
    • 27 percent schedule day and evening care while 17 percent create a music playlist.
    • 22 percent of dog owners ages 21-24 and 11 percent 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 percent of Baby Boomers make homemade treats for their dog to enjoy when they are away and a whopping 75 percent 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 percent of paw-rents 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 percent 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 percent of pet parents have dressed their furry friends as service animals when they’re really not service pets when traveling together

Source: Rover

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