Many people want to take their dogs on holiday with them and Independent Cottages has over 650 dog friendly holiday cottages throughout the UK to choose from.
Taking your dog away on holiday can help to reduce any anguish and costs associated with putting your loved one in a kennel and it often makes for a very enjoyable holiday, for both yourself and your dog, if planned well.
Obviously it depends on the type of holiday you are planning. If you are intending to do lots of sightseeing and visit attractions, then it may be inhibiting to take your dog away with you as many attractions (e.g. museums, stately homes etc) may not welcome dogs. Generally, holiday cottage owners will not allow you to leave your dog in the cottage unattended and it is also not recommended that dogs are left in cars. However, there are plenty of enjoyable things to do on holiday with your four legged friend.
The wonderfully diverse landscape in the UK provides fantastic walking opportunities and the climate generally lends itself well to this type of holiday. There are also plenty of dog friendly beaches, pubs, attractions and even restaurants who welcome well behaved dogs.
To help you get the most out of your holiday with your dog, here are a few tips:
- When you are in the process of booking a ‘dog friendly’ holiday cottage, make sure you notify the owner of your intention to bring your dog and if you have more than one dog, confirm the exact number. Also make sure that you discuss any ‘pet rules’ that the owner has put in place to ensure that the cottage is suitable for both you and your dog/s needs prior to booking.
- Many owners have ‘pet rules’ that you should be aware of and will need to agree too, prior to booking and staying in the cottage. These rules are put in place to protect your dog, yourself, the holiday cottage and future guests.
- Do your research about the surrounding area – find out what pubs, beaches, attractions etc welcome dogs – this will help you to get the most out of your holiday. Also find out about walking opportunities in the local vicinity along with any restrictions due to livestock, wildlife etc. It is also worth noting the telephone numbers for local vets and veterinary hospitals for while you are away.
- Be sure that all your dog’s basic necessities are packed for the journey, the stay and your adventures whilst on holiday. The more comfortable your dog is, the more quickly he/she will settle and relax in the new environment so take along favourite toys, treats, blankets etc – after all, it is also your dogs holiday!
- Make sure your dog is used to travelling prior to going away and ensure comfortable facilities are provided for the journey, along with many breaks along the way.
- Always make sure you clear up after your dog wherever you are – with more places becoming dog friendly, it is really important that we all do our bit for responsible dog ownership.
- Never leave a dog unattended in a holiday cottage. Not only will you often be breaking rules, put in place by the owner, but however well behaved and well trained your dog may be, you can never be 100% sure how he/she will behave in new surroundings.
Taking your dog away with you can be incredibly rewarding and enjoyable and with a little thought and planning, both you and your dog should have a relaxing, enjoyable holiday.