When we go on holiday as a family, pets can often get put into kennels or left with trustworthy family and friends. But have you ever considered taking your dog on holiday with you? This year, with the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are considering staycations that are closer to home and a dog-friendly holiday is suddenly an option for us. But planning a holiday with your dog can take a bit more work. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you along the way.
First and foremost, you need to make sure that your dog is able to go on holiday as safely as possible. There are precautionary steps you should take well in advance of heading away, even if you’re not heading far from home. First, you need to make sure that the details listed on your dog’s microchip is up to date. It should have your current name, address and contact number. This means if your dog gets lost, people will be able to get in touch to return him or her. You should also make sure that your dog has a secure collar with up to date dog id tags. Generally, an ID tag should have their name and your contact number. Make sure that they are up to date on all of their vaccinations and immunisations, flea treatment and worm treatment. This should be something that you do anyway, but is particularly important if you’re heading somewhere new.
Finding Dog Friendly Accommodation
The next step in your planning journey is to find and secure dog friendly accommodation. Increasing numbers of places are accepting dogs. Some will charge an extra cleaning fee, while others are specifically designed to be dog friendly and won’t have extra fees attached. Read reviews and, if in doubt, contact the establishment to ensure that the space is dog friendly.
You shouldn’t leave your dog unattended in a new or unfamiliar location. They could get anxious or scared and may bark, disturbing others. If you’re taking your dog on holiday, you need to be committed to taking them with you wherever you go. So, it’s important that you make sure you know what you’re doing in terms of meals. Very few eateries will accept dogs on premises. You may want to opt for accommodation where you can cook your own meals. You may want to scout out dog friendly cafes and restaurants. Make sure you are able to eat with your dog.
Finding Dog Friendly Activities
Next, you should plan dog friendly activities. If you want to spend your days at the beach, ensure that the beaches you’re planning on visiting allow dogs. If not, find other dog friendly beaches in the area. If you’re planning on visiting parks or other natural sites, ensure dogs are allowed too.
These are just a few suggestions, but each can help to make your holiday with your dog as enjoyable and seamless as possible. Hopefully, the information and advice will help!