Five tips for dog-friendly UK holidays

Whether you’re craving long walks over misty downs or missing the feeling of sand between your toes (or paws!), we’re all dreaming of a summer holiday. With many of us planning UK breaks, here are our top tips for taking some relaxing time out with your favourite - and fluffiest - family members.

Get planning!

Make a packing list for your dog, well ahead of your holiday, to minimise any last-minute panics. Make sure you bring an ample supply of food, toys, poo bags, any necessary medication, and bedding to make sure your pup feels right at home during your vacation.

It’s always good to bring extras and spares, especially if you’re booking a dog friendly holiday cottage somewhere off the beaten track. Having familiar things around them when staying in a new place can help your dog to settle in and relax, while you unwind too.

Book your perfect dog-friendly cottage

A dream dog-friendly cottage is at the heart of any magical summer holiday. You deserve to stay somewhere special, without having to worry about your pup making a chew toy of any priceless antiques, or being bothered by noisy neighbours!

Finding dog-friendly accommodation can be a daunting, so we’ve done the leg work for you. With Dogs Trust Holidays, you can book pet-friendly cottages to suit both of you, while supporting us to care for even more dogs in need. Book your perfect hideaway today.

Plan your journey

Get your holiday off to a relaxing start by thinking through the travel from your dog’s perspective.

If you’re driving, take breaks so that they have an opportunity to go to the loo. Make sure your dog has a safe and comfortable set up in the car, especially if it’s a long drive. It’s a legal requirement for dogs to be safely restrained in the car, so be sure to have a dog seat belt harness, pet carrier, cage or guard.

If you’re taking public transport, make sure all elements of the journey are dog-friendly, and practice ahead of time if possible. If you need to get a cab at any point, it’s always good to book in advance and make sure they are dog-friendly.

Safety first

Once you arrive at your dog-friendly holiday accommodation, it’s a good idea to do a quick sweep through to check things like garden gates and fences are secure.

When travelling away from home, it’s really important to make sure your dog’s collar tag and microchip details are all up to date, with the relevant contact details. It’s also useful to have the number of a local vet, in case of any unforeseen medical issues during your stay.

Think about the weather

The UK climate is unpredictable to say the least, so it’s best to plan ahead for different kinds of weather. Rain means mud, so make sure you have a trusty supply of dog towels for that much needed post-ramble bath.

If it’s hot, think carefully about the time of day you walk your dog, always bring water, use dog sun cream, and never leave them alone in the car. Read more warm weather advice for dogs.

We’re all going on a Dogs Trust Holiday

Fancy getting back to nature to experience the sights, sounds and beauty of the English countryside? At Dogs Trust Holidays you can book a trip for you and your family to visit some of the UKs most picturesque places - the best bit, pooches can come along too! Whether it’s a cosy country cottage, or a luxurious lodge you’re after, there’s something for everyone and thousands of pet-friendly options available.

Treat yourself to a guilt-free break, knowing that 10% of the accommodation part of each booking is donated directly to Dogs Trust to help us look after the wonderful canines in our care. Happy holidays!

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