Forget kennels and sitters – it’s now easier than ever to holiday with your pet!
A recent survey has revealed that almost 20% of dog owners admit they rarely go on holiday due to not wanting to leave their pets behind.
Close to a third of owners surveyed by The Hatchbag Company said they take their pets on holiday, something that has not been easy until recently. Historically, holiday lets that welcome pets were limited, and were limited and sometimes less than high-quality. The recent demand for pet-friendly accommodation means that high-quality hotels and self-catering rentals are now embracing the family pet.
Dog friendly accommodation
There are now so many pet-friendly options available it can be difficult to choose the right one. Nicky Burton, founder of pet lifestyle site All Four Paws, explains the importance of finding accommodation that genuinely welcomes dogs:
“Venues that truly welcome dogs are vital to us. They should welcome every member of the family with open arms so that everyone is at ease, can relax and have a wonderful time together.”
Here’s what to look for:
- Distance: Long journeys can be stressful for dogs and multiple stops may be required for your dog’s comfort. Try and find the smoothest routes possible—winding roads could make your dog travel sick.
- Surrounding area: Ensure that there are pet friendly amenities nearby, such as pubs, beaches, restaurants.
- Reviews: Reading about other pet owners’ experiences can be useful to gain a realistic insight of the accommodation.
What to pack
Food and bowl
Ensure you bring enough of your dog’s regular food to last the duration of your stay. Swapping food brands could result in an upset stomach.
Bed and toys
Packing familiar items will help comfort your dog, as Nicky explains:
“We find that dogs like to have some familiar smells and some beloved items with them to help them relax in their new surroundings. Our spaniel guru Rigby loves to have a taste of home with him, whether that’s his bed, the blanket he loves to snuggle in or his favourite toys.”
A wipe clean bootliner will ensure the boot of your car is safe from travel sickness, muddy paw prints and wet dog hair.
Ensure you bring details of your policy away with you as a precaution—they will be needed if your dog requires medical assistance while away
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