More and more people are choosing to take their dog away on holiday with them. The vast countryside and coastal areas across Britain are the perfect places to enjoy long walks and a bit of exploring. At Country Hideaways we understand the needs of dog owners which is why we suggest you remember these five things before you plan your holiday.
Check the accommodation
Wherever you are looking to stay, your first priority should be to make sure that the accommodation is pet friendly. Turning up with your dog to find that the owners do not allow pets can cause unnecessary stress for you and your dog. If you are unsure whether the accommodation is suitable, enquire prior to booking. We have a number of holiday cottages that are pet friendly making it easy to take your pet away with you.
Take regular water breaks
This is something that is incredibly important. Long journeys in the car or walks across the fields will dehydrate and tire out your dog in the same way they do you. Always carry water and a bowl or container to put it in when you are travelling or on days out. You wouldn’t leave the house without a bottle of water or drink and your dog has the same needs. For long journeys make sure you take regular breaks where your dog can stop for water and to stretch its legs.
Pack a doggy suitcase
Planning your own checklist is essential but you should consider what your dog needs too. As well as water, food and other daily bits need to be packed. You should work out how much food your dog will need during your stay. It is always a good idea to locate a local supermarket near your accommodation in case you need any extra supplies. As well as the basics, taking a few home comforts for your dog will put them more at ease: their favourite toy, a blanket or bed, and some treats.
Find time to explore together
The whole point of a holiday is to have a fun time and if you are taking your dog away with you it is likely that you plan to get out and about. Taking your dog on holiday just to avoid arranging a kennel should not be the primary reason. Create special memories by finding time to explore together. As well as taking walks along the coast or across the fields there may be local outdoor areas that are pet friendly too such as parks and woodlands.
A collar and lead are essential when it comes to packing your dog’s things. It may be sensible to consider micro-chipping your dog if it isn’t already. Although it can be expensive, micro-chipping is a valuable solution for identifying your dog should they go missing. Being in an unfamiliar area can raise the likelihood of this and no one wants the heartbreak of a lost dog. If micro-chipping is too costly, at least ensure your dog wears a collar at all times with clear contact details, including your mobile number.
Come and visit the beautiful Yorkshire Dales today and experience Britain’s stunning landscapes. Many of our self-catered cottages at Country Hideaways are perfect for pet owners, providing the quality and comfort you and your dog need. Contact us today for more information about booking.
Written By Nadine Bell