Top tips for taking your furry friend along on your summer staycation.
No one should be left behind on a family holiday, so finding a dog-friendly option this year is a fab way of keeping everyone together to enjoy the perfect getaway.
With plenty of options available all over the country; from hotels, B&Bs and self-catering cottages, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
However travelling with your four-legged companions can be challenging, so we’ve put together some of the best tips to make your staycation go as smoothly as possible.
Do your homework
Just because more and more places are allowing you to bring along your furry friend, don’t assume everywhere will. Before booking that last minute deal, double check that pets are accepted and that you know the additional cost if applicable.
The last thing you want is to arrive after a long drive and be turned away because dogs aren’t allowed or to be hit with an unexpected bill.
In addition to this, ensure that the accommodation is big enough for everyone, the outdoor area is secure and that there’s plenty of suitable walks in the surrounding area.
Plan your journey in advance
Traveling with your dog(s), especially long distance, is not as simple as getting in the car and driving. They will need more regular toilet breaks than us and to stretch their legs - roughly every two hours, so make sure to factor this in.
If your companion isn’t used to long journeys, then try to get them used to shorter car journeys in the weeks leading to up to your staycation.
Top tip – Before you head off, make sure that your dog is tuckered out by taking them for a long walk, playing a game of fetch or just letting them run circles around the garden. Also, letting them have a chew bone will keep them occupied and content until they drop off to sleep.
Stock up on supplies
Make a list of everything that your dog might need for your holiday so that there’s no chance of running out of food, treats, medication, waste bags or tennis balls.
Also, don’t forget to pack their lead and collar with an up-to-date tag info just in case they get separated from you.
Getting settled in
Unfamiliar surroundings can make your dog feel unsettled, so make it a home away from home by bringing their bed, blanket, toys and anything else that will put them at ease.
Letting your pet investigate and have a good sniff straight away is also a great way of letting them relax.
Dogs are creatures of habit so try to keep to your usual routine as much as possible eg. walks, meal times, bedtime, etc.
Track down the local vet
Hopefully, you won’t need to pay the vet a visit but it’s always good to have one on hand in case of emergencies.
It’s also worth checking with your insurance company to know what your policy covers in case anything does happen.
Consider your pet in the planning
This holiday is just as much for you them as it is for you so make sure to plan lots of exciting activities that everyone can get involved in – from lovely long walks to a relaxing pub lunch.
We understand that they won’t be able to go everywhere with you, but try not to leave them all day alone in your rental home, then everyone is happy.
Enjoying lovely walks through the countryside or along the coast can be both exciting but also dangerous if you don’t know the area.
It’s important to stay super vigilant in case of wildlife, cliff edges or quick flowing streams.
We’d love to hear your tips for travelling with your pets so drop us a tweet or Facebook message let us know what they are. Our favourite ones will be added to this article.
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