Taking your dog on holiday with you matters especially if like us you see your pets as part of the family. Holidays are times to make treasured memories and they can be enhanced if you have man’s best friend along for the ride.
It is so worrying to leave your dog behind. Kennels can be far from perfect and even family and friends may not look after your dog exactly as you would wish. We know how much exercise our dog needs and what food works best for him. If your dog is with you, you can leave these types of worry behind along with the heavy financial costs that can come via kennels and dog-sitting.
Having said all that it is important to be honest with yourself when planning your holiday. If you intend to visit lots of famous sights, some of them many not be open to dogs. Stately homes and museums are unlikely to allow dogs inside although some will let you take them in the grounds and special areas. Research is important as many holiday accommodation providers will not want you leaving an animal unattended in their property. Doggy welfare should come first and obviously leaving them in warm cars is unacceptable too.
The perfect holiday with your dog
This is likely to take full advantage of the beautiful areas of the UK that you can explore in fun walks with your pet. We have stunning countryside and glorious beaches. Again, it is about researching where you can safely exercise your dog and be assured of a warm welcome. If you are like us when planning your adventures you will also want to check out genuinely dog-friendly pubs and eateries.
Where to stay
Check that your accommodation is genuinely pet-friendly perhaps by checking out some reviews online. Also make sure you are aware of their rules around pets and that what they offer fits in with you and your pets’ needs. Camping is an option but I tend to prefer a holiday cottage and remember a particularly lovely time on the Gower with our dogs.
You may want to check out Powells Cottage Holidays as they provide self-catering cottages across Wales with over 150 to choose from.
- Ensure you have details for the local vets just in case
- Pack the things your dog will need – food and water bowls, bed or blanket, toys, any medication
- Plan your holiday route and your days out so you know where you can stop to give your dog a break from travelling
- It should go without saying that you wipe up any dog mess so have those poo bags at the ready
Do you take your pets on holiday with you? What are your top tips for dog-friendly adventures?