If you are lucky enough that your regular hike passes through a cornfield or a bean field you may notice an extra spring in your dog's step when you reach the crops. Is there a more natural vacation destination for your dog than a working farm or ranch? These days farms offering city folk a chance to experience the rural life can be found just about anywhere in the United States. But do your research before you pack up your grungiest jeans and old work boots - that “genuine farm experience” can range from picking a few eggs and touring cropfields to birthing lambs and branding cattle. It is critical to know what life on the farm you want for you and your dog before making reservations. Agritourism is still in its infancy and policies regarding visiting dogs have not been chiseled in stone at many farms and ranches. Talk with an owner of a farm you are interested in and discuss the accommodations for your dog. Your dog may have to sleep in the barn, you never know.
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