Welcome to our holiday series, dog holidays, where we tell you how you can successfully take your dog on holiday!
Whether you stay in the UK or go abroad, count on us to help you get there in our dog holidays series!
There are lots of locations all around the UK to stay, so you don’t have to travel too far! If you plan on taking your dog abroad we can help with that too, you can also read our recent articles on ‘Pet Passports‘ and ‘What to Pack‘ for some more easy guidance!
Let’s start with the UK, you’ve got lots of options available, you could stay in a dog-friendly caravan park near the beach or an attraction, you could also visit somewhere new! Maybe you’ve never been to Scotland or Cornwall!
Personally, we love to take a break to Cornwall or Devon, for its beautiful beaches and incredible fish and chips! You can find lots of accommodation if you want to stay overnight, for example, you’ll be able to find lots of dog-friendly cottages, or if you have kids there are so many holiday parks that allow dogs too!
Why not try the Peak District for amazing scenic views and lots of walks! Your canine friend will be amazed by all the new scents and long walks around the beautiful National Park! If you’re stuck on where to walk, eat or stay then this ‘Dog-Friendly Peak District‘ website might come in handy!
Also, here are some great dog-friendly days out which you find might near to you on your holiday…
- Scarborugh Castle – Stay locally in Yorkshire and take a trip out to the stunning location over the incredible Yorkshire coastline for the perfect dog-friendly family day out
- Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall – Set in Northumberland, England this outstanding heritage site takes you all the way back to the Roman Empire, and don’t forget about the long walks for your pooch! They’ll enjoy the day exploring the plenty of open space surrounding.
- Beeston Castle – In Chester, you’ll find Beeston Castle, a medieval site with spectacular views, and the best bit is – there’s an adjoining woodland park which is perfect for canine companions
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Now for abroad. Going somewhere abroad with your dog can be tricky, but if you’re organised and get it right it should go smoothly!
So here are 8 things you need to consider FIRST before finding a trip away…
- Plan Ahead – Unfortunately when you take your dogs abroad you can’t just plan a last minute quick trip away, it requires safety and lots of documentation before letting your canine friend become a jet-setter!
- The Microchip – All dogs MUST have a microchip before travelling abroad, this is for identitifacti0n purposes, this should also be done before a rabies vaccination so that your dog can have a unique microchip code on their pet passport. The Microchip can be done through your vet, so check with your local vet as soon as possible about it.
- Rabies Vaccination – Whether your dog has them or not, this is another must. This process can be very long and confusing as you’ll have to wait up to 21 days until you can leave or return to an EU country. More information on the rabies vaccination can be found here…
- Passports – Like we’ve talked about in our previous article, once your dog has had all of their vaccinations above and their micro chip, they can be issued a Pet Passport.
- How To Get There – There’s only certain travel companies that will actually allow dogs on, this can vary from ferries to Euro Travel (Eurostar etc.), planes or trains. Some companies may require a statement from your vet to state that your dog is ‘fit to travel’, and might need something such as an authorised pet carrier to keep your canine friend secure and safe, if there are in a pet carrier you should allow them time to get up and walk properly in required areas.
- Hot Weather – This one may seem obvious, but it needs to be clear. Some countries may be hotter than the UK, which is what your pooch is used to now. To help this, you should avoid taking your dog on walks or lots of exercise at the hottest times of the day to avoid heatstroke and make sure you’ve always got lots of shade and plenty of water. Some holiday locations just aren’t appropriate such as a beach holiday in the ehat of the summer.
- Food and Drink – You’ll need to remember that you may not be able to buy your dogs’ usual brand food over abroad so you should take sufficient supplies and research where you can purchase it.
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Now, where to travel? Especially if it’s your dogs’ first time on a plane or abroad it might be worth taking your dog somewhere near, with a flight time of no more than 2/3 hours.
- Greece – You could try Greece? Your four-legged friend will love the sea and sand! Although, we don’t recommend going in the Summer for this one, try the Spring for the cool breeze as your dog will greatly appreciate that! Most holiday lettings are air conditioned which will give you a great chance to cool off!
- France – In France your dog will be allowed almost everywhere! The French love dogs just as much as we do so they’ll be welcomed with open arms, which means there will be a bowl of water and maybe a treat at most tourist or local attractions and restaurants! Many restaurants and tourist attractions wil allow your dog to join in on the holiday fun too.
- Switzerland – Although Switzerland isn’t a part of the EU and it won’t be exactly the same scheme, they have the same general rules when travelling with dogs of their borders. Dogs can actually travel on their Swiss public transport by bus, boat or train – they even have a day pass for dogs! Also, most Swiss restaurants allow a well-behaved dog too!
- Austria – Want to visit Austria? There are some rules that apply first. Your dog must have an ISO microchip, there’s a three animal limit per person and your pooches vaccination details must be in German or have a translation copy attached. Though, Austria is a very dog-friendly country and will allow your four-legged canine friend into most restraiunts and on public transport. Your dog will love all the amazing walk in the beautiful mountainous scenery.
- Spain – Relax by the pool with your best friend at your side and take a dip in your dog-friendly holiday letting in Spain. The larger cities in the easy-going country tend to have dog toilet areas and exercise areas, what more could you want?! Though, it might not be the best of ideas to bring your pooch in the height of summer as it can get very, very hot. When you do go it may still be very warm so make sure they’ve always got a supply of water nearby!
And that’s about it from us! There are so many more locations around the UK and EU for you to explore but these are our favourites!
You may have heard about the travelling with pets but have you heard about the Gencon? If you find it a nightmare taking your pooch on a walk when they pull every time, this will be a treat for you! This is also perfect to take with you on holiday as it’ll be your go-to!
Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking.
The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.
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Did you know?
The Gencon dog head collar is recommended by The Guild of Dog Trainers
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