Pet owners want safe, convenient and effect travel items that will make both short and extended trips easier and more enjoyable for all involved.
For so many people, pets are important family members, and including pets in excursions outside of the home has become the new norm. As a result, sales of travel items continue to rise, according to industry insiders.
“Sales of travel products have increased year after year,” said Leslie Stewart, owner and buyer for Southern Barker, which has three locations in Kentucky. “The acceptability of traveling with pets has become more prevalent.”
According to Neil Werde, managing director of canine toys and accessories for Worldwise, which is headquartered in Novato, Calif., “Over 50 million Americans travel with their pet every year—daily, on plane trips, in the car, on the train, etc.”
These on-the-go experiences range from quick trips to the store or veterinarian to weekend getaways and extended vacations.
“In greater numbers, owners are taking their pets with them on the road, on short jaunts to dog parks, doggie day care, agility training and even to the owner’s workplace,” said Michael Leung, co-founder and lead product designer of Sleepypod in Pasadena, Calif. “The fun does not stop there, though. More and more often, pets are included in short day trips and extended vacations.”
Norm Shrout, co-owner of Long Leash On Life in Albuquerque, N.M., agreed.
“We’ve also seen a huge spike in the purchase and/or rental of RVs among our customers so that they can accommodate their pets on their vacations or during cross-country trips,” he said.
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