Activities For Dogs In Turkey

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Introduction

If you are planning a trip to Turkey with your dog, you will definitely need a good list of activities for you and your pup to do. If you are lucky enough to already live in Turkey, then you may be interested in some new fun things for your dog. For either situation, this list is where you should begin! These adventures will excite you and your dog and are things you can only do in Turkey!

Hiking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 - 2 hrs
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Fresh Water
Water Bowl
Leash
Collar
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
If you and your dog love to walk and hike then you definitely need to plan a few hiking trips while in Turkey. There are many fantastic trails that are dog-friendly and also have spectacular views for you both to enjoy. Most trails are free to park and hike but some may require a small entrance fee which is definitely worth the price of admission! Try to schedule your hike for days when it is not raining or too hot or cold - mild weather is best but you can also always dress your pup for the occasion with a doggy sweater or raincoat! You don't want to miss out on the fun!
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Cappadocia
With rock churches, fairy chimneys and beautiful natural rock formations, Cappadocia is the perfect place to go hiking with your dog. The trails are fairly flat and pup-friendly and the sites are out of this world - you will never see things like this anywhere but in Turkey! The valley trails are of varying lengths so you can choose how far to go. A perfect place to bring your dog for a hike!
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St. Paul Trail
Another fairly flat trail to hike, this route was made famous by Saint Paul who traveled and explored Asia Minor hundreds of years ago. While on this trail, you will pass through rural villages, by ancient historic landmarks and see some breathtaking views of mountains in the distance. This trail is a true Turkish delight!
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Yenice Forest Trail
This trail is a little lesser known than some of the more famous hiking spots in Turkey but it is a fantastic place to bring your dog. Not only does the dense forest protect you from the strong sun rays but it is also an even, flat trail that won't be too much of a challenge for your dog. While hiking this trail, you will see canyons, people riding horseback and the beautiful forest and fauna of Turkey.
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Luxury Hotels

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Expensive
Easy
12 - 24 hrs
Items needed
Collar
Water Bowl
Dog Food
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Every dog deserves a luxurious night away from home and Turkey is the perfect place to go to give your dog just such a relaxing night. Book a luxury hotel in Turkey where dogs are allowed and enjoy a fun, comfortable, exciting night out of your house. Many hotels have spas where you can be pampered or you can just choose to order room service and enjoy a good meal with your dog! Cuddle up together in a big hotel bed and watch a few dog shows on TV before drifting off to sleep. Why not also splurge for a room with a view so you and your dog can see beautiful Turkey when you wake up? Sure, it may be a little pricey but everyone needs a nice night of being spoiled every once in a while.
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W Hotel Istanbul
The W Hotel in Istanbul is the perfect luxury hotel to choose for you and your dog. The hotel allows pups for a small extra fee and has a weight limit of 16 kg (sorry big dogs, you'll have to skip this one!). With stunning views of the city and proximity to the shore, you and your dog will have plenty to do and see around the hotel when you aren't lounging on the big fluffy beds!.
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The Four Seasons at Sultanahmet
This hotel is the definition of luxury and luckily you can share it with your dog! The hotel allows as many pets per room as you'd like so you can bring all your dogs! However, only small pups can stay so if you have a big dog, look to our next option on the list! However, this hotel does offer beautiful views, all the amenities you could need and so much more. A definite must when you are in Turkey!
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Holiday Inn Gazientep
The last pup-friendly hotel on your list may be the best one. The Holiday Inn at Gazientep allows big dogs and multiple dogs per room (yay!). There is a small pet fee but hey, you are spending a night in luxury right? What is a few more dollars? You are going to love the Holiday Inn and definitely have one of your best nights in Turkey yet when you choose to stay here!
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Safety

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
24 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Tags
Leash
Collar
Vet
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You may or may not be aware of the stray dog issues in Turkey. In the past several years, the street dog population has increased which means there are many owner-less dogs roaming the streets. This can lead to issues in local communities and it can also mean potential issues for your dog while you visit Turkey. However, there is no need to be too worried, all you need to do is be prepared and aware of the situation. If you follow these simple steps, it will ensure that you and your dog have a great, safe time while in Turkey
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Collar, leash, chip
While you may never intend to let your dog off the leash while in Turkey, you must take measures so that you are prepared in case they somehow get loose. Always be sure your dog is wearing a collar with their name and your phone number clearly visible. This will ensure that people know your pup is not a stray and be able to contact you. If your dog is micro-chipped, make sure the chip is registered and working before heading to Turkey. Identifying your dog as domestic is key!
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Vaccines
Before traveling in Turkey with your dog (or if you already live in Turkey), make sure your dog is up to date on necessary shots. Rabies is a problem with the street dogs in the country so a rabies shot is very important for your pup to get before visiting the country. Make sure your dog has all of their flea and tick medicine and is healthy! Preparing your dog to stay healthy and safe throughout your trip will make you much less stressed if a street dog starts hanging around your pup!
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Food
When in Turkey, be sure that your dog is eating healthy, dog-friendly food. With many stray dogs, that also can mean a lot of "street" food (aka trash) that may attract your dog. You also can't always be sure what spices and ingredients are mixed into the food you may be ordering and eating on the go while in Turkey - you don't want to feed your dog something that may be dangerous to dogs! Keep your dog well fed with healthy dog food while in Turkey and prevent them from eating anything crazy.
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More Fun Ideas...

Swimming

There are plenty of coastal locations where you can bring your dog to swim (and you can jump in too!). Plan a beach day with your dog and take in all the beautiful ocean views in Turkey.

Dog Dining

Bring your dog to a pup-friendly restaurant while in Turkey. While you can taste some of the local specialties, your dog can enjoy a nice bowl of water and many pats from people in the restaurant!

Conclusion

As you can see, there is a lot you can do with your dog in Turkey. So, if you are planning your next trip to this amazing country, don't leave your dog at home! They want to go too! If you already live in Turkey, get out and bring your dog on a special adventure. Turkey is a beautiful country that has many inviting places for dogs to visit and see. A Turkish adventure awaits!