Heading on holiday together as a fur-family is really important to us; making sure that those paws don’t get left behind and we have the chance to make memories together.
Dog-friendly stay-cations are wonderful, but sometimes you want to venture beyond your home with your pup. Here are some of our tips on how to do it best.
It’s about preparing for the holiday and what it will bring. Having everything ready can help the trip run smoother, meaning you’ll have the best time with your dog. Make sure your accommodations are dog-friendly. Tell them how many dogs you’re bringing and know what rules they have. Dog-friendly accommodations can be very different from place to place. Generally, we love self-catering places for our own space, but you can get some wonderfully luxurious hotels that cater to dogs, too.
Sometimes the journey can be a long way in the car, so finding places to stop where the dogs can run around and take a break is essential. Getting them used to the car and making sure they’re secure and safe is also really important.
Packing for a dog holiday is close to packing for when you take the kids away. There is a lot to bring, but remembering those essential items can really make sure the holiday runs smoothly. Food, medications, a bed, treats, leads/collars, and other accessories are a must. Additional items that may make the trip even better include chews and toys to keep them entertained and blankets to cover furniture if they like sofa surfing.
PLAN YOUR DAYS
It can be really good to look ahead and plan your days, even roughly. Knowing places that are dog-friendly to eat, visit, or dog beaches that would be good for a swim is all very helpful information.
It can be frustrating and annoying if you don’t know a place that is dog-friendly, as many places aren’t. However, we always love and celebrate where we can visit with the dogs and make it the best day out.
It is really important to keep everything as normal as possible. It will help elevate any stress or worry and make the holiday more enjoyable for both human and hound. Keeping food times the same and having their own bed from home can help. There will be so many new walks, smells, and things to do, so keeping the other things stable and “normal” can really help.
PRACTICE BASIC COMMANDS
It’s easy to forget, but it’s great to practice those commands before going on a dog-friendly holiday. Things like sit, stay, heel, and settle will allow the time in public to be controlled a more enjoyable for you both. Everyone loves a pup when they’re well behaved, and showcasing that dogs can come on holiday is great for other people to see.
Have you ever taken your dog on holiday? We’d love to hear about where you’ve visited.
Hi! I’m Steph, a dog-friendly, lifestyle blogger and content creator for @SpanielLife. Together with my husband and two Spaniels, Sev and Lily, we adventure and explore the UK and beyond.