It is no surprise that more and more people choose to take their dogs on the family holiday, it’s almost easier to bring them along as opposed to having to sort alternative arrangements, and almost any destination isn’t out of the realms of possibility, especially with a pet passport!
That being said, more and more people are opting for a holiday a little closer to home, and with so many UK destinations being ideal for dogs, it’s easy to see why. With larger outdoor spaces and an array of new smells and places to explore, the UK has a whole host of staycation potential. When travelling with pets, preparation is key, so here are some top tips for taking your beloved dogs on your holiday.
Choosing the right destination
When picking the right destination for your holiday, there are some important considerations you should be making. Try researching some dog friendly locations, which will provide plenty for both you and your pet to do and see. With the demand for pet friendly spaces growing stronger by the day, the market has responded in abundance so you can easily find houses and cottages which are suitable. For example there’s a huge variety of Dog Friendly Cottages in the Lake District, which would provide an excellent location for a break with your pet.
Some key things to consider when choosing the right property are:
- Are there any restrictions on where dogs are
allowed in the house and garden?
- Can dogs be left in the house whilst you go out?
- Is the garden enclosed and are there any main
- If you’re dog is particularly active, is their
enough space for them to play?
Safety is a priority, so it is best to check where the closest vet is and make a note of their contact details. It is unlikely you will need them; however, it is best to be prepared. It’s also important to make sure your dogs are up to date with their vaccinations and worming before taking them away. When taking your dog on holiday, check that your contact details are up to date and visible on their collar.
Start your packing by making a checklist of everything your dog needs daily, that way you know for sure that you’ve got everything. On the list should be necessities such as food, treats, poo bags and medication. If you are wanting to pack light, check if there are any local pet stores where you can easily pick up things like treats and food. Remember to take more medication than they need, just incase you lose any.
Sometimes new environments can be unsettling for dogs, so make sure to bring some home comforts such as their bed, blankets and toys. This will help them to settle in quicker.
To make sure the journey runs as smoothly as possible, plan it in advance. If your dog is not used to long car journeys, ease them in by taking them on shorter journeys. Pack refreshments for the journey, as you would for yourself, such as water and treats. Dogs aren’t used to being in cars for extended periods of time, so make sure you plan some stops along the way to let them get out and stretch their legs.
Planning your itinerary
When taking your dog on holiday you want to make sure they can accompany you on your day trips. Many places will allow dogs now, but it is best to check in advance to avoid any surprises. Start by looking into local visitor attractions you may want to visit and be sure to check out the local pubs and restaurants.