Taking your dog on holiday in the UK.

Britain is famous for being a nation of dog lovers, we have over 7 million of them  and more and more places are becoming pet friendly. It used to be that you would have to go on a self catering holiday in a farm cottage or holiday let but now more and more of the big chains have pet friendly rooms available, Britannia Hotels, Warner Leisure Hotels, Haven Holidays and Hoseasons to name a few. In some cases it is a bonus to take your dog with you because these rooms tend to be ground floor rooms with doors opening straight onto the outside.

Things to consider when taking your dog on holiday.

  • Firstly check out the area – if you fancy a seaside break is the beach dog friendly. Some beaches only allow dogs on during the low season so you need to double check times etc.
  • What pet friendly accommodation is available? You also need to read up on each individual locations terms and conditions so me insist you provide evidence of worming, flea treatments and vaccinations and most require you to keep your dog on a lead when outside the room.
  • Check out the name and address and opening hours of a vet local to the area. Also its handy to have the names of a couple of boarding kennels in case you fancy going out for the day – you might be amazed at the amount of destruction a dog can do to a hotel room is left unattended for a day. It’s also worth getting your dog a sensibly sized dog cage  and get him used to it so you know you can leave him for a short while so you can go down to dinner or breakfast without being concerned.

Travelling with your dog.

  • Get your dog used to being in the car, take it out for short trips at first. Consider getting a dog harness or carrier so it’s not running loose around the car and being a distraction – dogs do get injured in car accidents by hitting the internal furniture of the car.
  • Make sure you pack the lead, if you dog likes cuddly toys put those in the car with him. Plan your journey and work in plenty of stops to let your dog burn off some energy and take a toilet break. Many service stations particularly in popular walking areas have doggy areas. If it’s hot don’t leave your dog in the car while you go and get a meal or a drink – consider having a picnic with your dog in the shade.

What to pack for your dog?

  • Obviously the usuals – food, favourite toys, cushion or blanket he sleeps on.
  • In addition it’s worth creating a doggy first aid kit including dressings and bandages and antiseptic cream.
  • DON’T FORGET THE POOPASCOOP BAGS! (It’s the quickest way to fall out with holiday makers if you don’t act responsibly even in wild areas too much dog pooh can have an impact on the natural fauna in the area.)

Finally some recommended dog friendly beaches – there are 351 totally dog friendly beaches in the UK and another 450 which allow dogs but some restrictions apply. Some of the best are:

Calgary Bay in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

Danes Dyke, Yorkshire

Padstow Beach, Cornwall.


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