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Pooch-Friendly Paris

dogs-in-parisAs well as being “The City of Light,” Paris is also one of the most pet-friendly cities in the world.

Read on to learn about the practicalities of going to Paris with your beloved pooch.

Eurostar?

Since you can’t take your dog on the Eurostar, having your dog with you in Paris is mostly likely going to be a situation where you’re flying in or you’re doing a European road trip. However there are a couple of other options.

Where to Go

Paris has an abundance of pooch-friendly green spaces, many surrounding the main tourist attractions! Provided your pet behaves and remains under on a leash, there is little of Paris that is off-limits to you. Combine some sightseeing with doggy exercise at the likes of the Jardin du Palais-Royal, opposite the Louvre, Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens) and Jardins des Champs-Élysées near the Place de la Concorde. Look for the special dog entrance at Luxembourg Gardens, as dogs are only allowed at one area.

You are also welcome to take your furry travel buddy to many Parisian cafés, restaurants, bakeries, shops and bars. Small dogs, meaning handbag-sized, can also be taken on buses, trams and the metro. Large dogs are permitted on the Regional Express Network (RER), but you must purchase a discounted child’s ticket on your dog’s behalf. Dogs also must be muzzled and leashed.

To help avoid any issues throughout your holiday, keep your eyes peeled for signs saying “Pas de chien, même tenus en laisse”, which means “No dogs, even on a leash”.

Where to Stay

Paris is great in the sense that it has an abundance of pet-friendly accommodation options available, catering for all different budgets and across many different locations. Some of the in-house pet-oriented services hotels offer include pet beds and toys, special pet-food menus, and dog-walking and dog-sitting services. In fact, your dog will probably be as taken care of as you! In terms of specific hotels in Paris that are renowned for their pet-friendly reputations, three of the best include the Novotel Paris Créteil Le Lac, Kyriad Paris – Clichy Centre and the Hyatt Regency Paris Charles De Gaulle. If you have a specific location preference, search for suitable hotels online. If you can, choose something near some parks so you can take your pooch for his or her daily exercise.

Tips for Taking Pooches to Paris

The bottom line is, if you adhere to responsible pet ownership practices, you shouldn’t have a problem. Here are some recommendations surrounding this concept:

– Keep your dog leashed. Although there aren’t any specific rules surrounding keeping dogs on leashes in Paris, it is recommended you do so.

– Always carry plastic bags. Do your bit to keep Paris beautiful by disposing of any messes your dog may leave behind, regardless of whether or not you find locals doing the same.

– Be considerate. If you are unsure if dogs are allowed, ask someone who appears to be in a position of authority. Most people will respect the fact that you asked.

– Conduct refresher training. Before you take you four-legged friend away, put some time and effort into undertaking some refresher behaviour training to ensure your dog listens and obeys. It will make your holiday much less stressful, and you’ll better enjoy your pet’s company.

– Pack wisely for your pet. Consider your pet’s levels of comfort at being taken on a plane and to a foreign place. You can help minimise his stress by taking familiar toys, blankets and bowls with you. Also ensure you have enough supplies of any required medication to last you through your journey. Packing a pet first-aid kit isn’t a silly idea, either.

– Pay a pre-trip visit to your vet. Take the proactive approach about ensuring your pet’s health is at an optimal level. If you are unsure of anything, it’s best to leave him behind.

Dog in Paris photo credit: emilstefanov / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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