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Top Tips for enjoying a happy holiday with your hound

How to have a relaxing holiday with your dog.

Holidays are a time to relax, explore new places, and make happy memories with loved ones. And who better to share these joyful experiences with than your furry companion? Taking your dog on holiday can be an incredibly rewarding and heartwarming experience for both of you. From scenic hikes to sandy beaches and cozy pet-friendly accommodations, there's a world of adventure waiting for you and your four-legged friend. However, getting it wrong could lead to a stressful holiday for all.

Where to go.

There are lots of dog friendly destinations in the UK as a nation of dog lovers, you really have plenty to choose from. When deciding where to go you need to think about what your dog likes and there needs to ensure a wonderful time all round. For example, there is no point choosing somewhere that is very beach orientated if your dog hates being on the beach, or if they get nervous in crowded areas it’s best to look for places off the beaten track. Consider your dogs needs, if they are young or elderly, they might not be able to do long walks or manage lots of steps so checking out your likely walks before you go is a must as well as taking this into consideration when choosing your accommodation.

When looking for dog friendly accommodation be sure to check out what they actually mean by dog friendly as it varies widely. Some places just accept dogs, meaning they are confined to certain areas, not allowed upstairs, not allowed on the sofas etc which is perfectly okay if you and your dog are happy with that. Many places that are pet friendly have secure gardens for your dog to roam free which is great, especially for that late night toilet visit but if not be mindful.

There are other places that are truly pet friendly where your dog can go anywhere in the house including on the beds and they provide you with a basket, throws, spare leads, treats and much more on your arrival. One such place that springs to mind is East Ruston Cottages, they are winners when it comes to dog friendly holiday accommodation

Travelling abroad?

Travelling overseas with your dog has got a little bit harder since Brexit but it’s still possible but you need to ensure you follow the requirements carefully to avoid any issues. In general, you will need to ensure that your dog has: -

  • A microchip
  • A valid rabies vaccination - your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated
  • Tapeworm treatment (if needed) some countries insist on this
  • An animal health certificate (AHC) – this needs to be issued within 10 days of the date you are set to travel

Be sure to check out the country’s requirements in plenty of time.

Before you go.

Find out where the local vets are to where you are staying and their operating hours, emergency cover etc, hopefully you won’t need it but better to have the details before you go than end up in a panic if something should happen.

Remember to pack everything for your dog, which will probably be more stuff than for yourself! Food and extra to normal as they will probably be on the go more and need a little extra, same goes for treats. Remember to pack some extra special high value treats, while your dog may have super recall at home the excitement of being somewhere different may result in them going a little deaf at times!

Packing list.

  • Collar, lead & name tag – along with spares
  • A longline if you think it’s needed
  • Bed, blankets, and toys – lots of them
  • Food, treats and bowls
  • Bottled water and travelling water bowls
  • Drying coat and towels
  • Poo bags and plenty of them, you don’t want to run out!
  • Any medication
  • Dog brush
  • Tick remover
  • Spare throws or blankets in case you need to cover the sofas or similar
  • Your dog’s rucksack to carry everything
  • A copy of your pets’ vaccination certificate and insurance details – just in case

And don’t forget the dog!

The journey.

Time to go, remember to plan your journey to include stops if you are going a long way, just like us your dog will need to stretch their legs and have a toilet break. Remember to have water handy as well, if your dog is prone to travel sickness speak with your vet for advice beforehand and see what they can suggest to help. Always make sure your dog is safe and secure in the car.

You’ve arrived.

On arrival it might be easier for just one person to empty the car while the other looks after your dog or take the dogs bed/crate in first and check out the area they are going to be sleeping in, make sure it’s safe and set it up for them, then let them in and leave them there securely while you get everything unpacked. Always remember to check everything is safe for your dog and be aware of any restrictions there maybe like no dogs upstairs or on sofas etc and always check for potential escape routes in the garden. If your dog finds it hard to settle in unfamiliar places, ensure you have their favourite bed or mat and a few frozen Kong’s on hand to help them feel at home.

Adventure time.

Time to explore and have fun with your dog, remember to check the local regulations and guidelines regarding dogs in public spaces if you are new to the area. Enjoy your holiday, having fun with your dog, exploring new areas, and visiting dog friendly cafes and pubs.

Taking your dog on holiday opens up a world of adventure that you might have otherwise missed. Dogs adore exploring nature, so consider planning your holiday around activities that cater to their interests. Hiking trails, lakeside walks, and beach escapes are just a few examples of outdoor activities that both you and your dog can enjoy together.

Taking your dog on holiday can be a rewarding and unforgettable experience for both of you. From creating happy memories and exploring new destinations together to strengthening your bond, the benefits of taking your dog on holiday are numerous.

Top Tips.

  • Do your research before booking to ensure the accommodation is what you need and research the local area to see where the dog friendly places are for walking and eating.
  • Make sure you have the numbers of a few local vets just in case.
  • Make a list of everything you need to take for your dog and always take more food than you think you will need; all those extra walks will require more energy from your dog.
  • If it’s a long journey plan it in advance and find out the best places to stop for a quick comfort break for you and your dog.
  • On arrival check the house is completely safe before allowing your dog to roam free.
  • But most of all have a wonderful time!

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