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A Perfect Dog Holiday

With the summer months approaching, thoughts turn to the family holiday. Many of us want to go on a real family holiday, one where the whole family are invited and welcomed.  This includes bringing along our much loved family pet dog, after all, why should he be left out of all the fun and games?

It’s the small touches like doggy treats and doggy blankets that really show that your host loves dogs as much as you.

There are lots of places to go on holiday, featuring a lot of different types of accommodation that really do welcome you and your dogs. Sorting the wheat from the chaff in terms of the perfect place to stay can be a daunting task. However, we believe there is a difference between ‘dog friendly’ and truly welcoming your four-pawed friend. After all, their happiness and comfort is important! If you are not sure what the accommodation offers in terms of home from home comforts for your dog, check first before booking.

10 Top Tips to help you book the perfect dog holiday:

  1. Do you have more than one dog? Will you host be happy for you to bring multiple dogs? Before booking, it is best to check. Is there a charge for extra dogs?
  2. Does your host offer secure outside areas where your dogs can exercise, play and generally have fun and of course to go to the toilet? Is there somewhere to dispose your doggie’s number twos?
  3. Is the accommodation set up with dogs in mind? Are there throws to protect the sofas and places for your dog to relax with you. After all, you want to enjoy your time together.
  4. Following on from number 3; does your host request that your dog is only able to inhabit one room? Would you be happy to shut them away while you relax in the lounge? If not, then this is another question to ask your host before you book.
  5. Is there good dog walking nearby? Does the location offer variety of places and spaces. From open moorland, woodland and dog friendly beaches. Having lots of options to take your dog on lovely long walks is important. Has your host gone to the trouble of recommending certain walking trails to go out and explore?
  6. Is there somewhere to wash your dog off if you have stomped around on a muddy walk?
  7. Does the accommodation boast a room where you can leave muddy boots, wet coats and towels to dry?
  8. Are there any local pubs and eateries that allow you to take dogs with you?
  9. Does your host offer any other services? For example; dog training or grooming. Pamper your pooch whilst on holiday!
  10. Can your dog be left at times in the accommodation or with on-site pet sitters?

It goes without saying that holidays should be enjoyable for all involved. Therefore we highly recommend that you run through our top 10 tips and use them as a guide for asking questions before making a booking. Holidays are a special time and if you would like to bring your dog along it is so important you have everything you need so that your dog is comfortable and happy in a new place. Happy Holidaying!! Check out more of our Thursday Training Tips HERE.

kelly-murrellAbout the Author: Kelly Murrell helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She used to work in the office at East Bowerland Farm, but recently moved to Vancouver Island, Canada with her husband. She is an avid dog trainer and regularly posts dog training tips for Devon Dogs, Bowerland and Progressive Paws.

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