Taking Your Dog On Holiday

For many pet owners, leaving their furry friend behind while going on holiday or vacation can be a difficult task. Thankfully, more and more people are realising that it is possible to bring their dogs along on their trips. If you are planning on going on holiday with your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some tips to make your trip enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.

  1. Research pet-friendly accommodations and before you book your accommodation, make sure that it is pet-friendly. There are plenty of holiday cottages, hotels, bed and breakfast places that now welcome pets, but not all do. Do your research ahead of time and make sure that you understand the pet policies, fees, and any restrictions that may be in place.

  2. Pack for your dog just like you would pack for yourself, make sure to pack for your dog as well. Bring along enough food and water for the duration of the trip, as well as their favorite toys, bedding, and any medication they may need. Don't forget to bring along poop bags, a leash, and any other supplies that your dog may require. We also find it helpful to bring a crate or carrier for our dog. This means if you need to leave your dog in the accommodation, they will be safe.

  3. Plan ahead for travel whether you are traveling by car, plane, or train, it is important to plan ahead for your dog's travel needs. If you are traveling by car, make sure that your dog is properly secured in a harness or crate. If you are flying, be sure to check the airline's pet policies and requirements, and make sure that your dog is comfortable and secure in their travel carrier.

  4. Keep your dog's routine. Dogs thrive on routine, so it is important to keep their routine as consistent as possible while on holiday. Stick to their usual feeding and walking schedule, and try to maintain their usual bedtime and wake-up times. This will help to reduce stress and anxiety for your dog, and make the trip more enjoyable for everyone.

  5. Be mindful of your surroundings When you are out and about with your dog, be mindful of your surroundings. Keep your dog on a leash at all times, and be aware of any potential hazards, such as busy roads or areas where dogs are not allowed. Respect other people's space and keep your dog under control at all times.

Going on holiday with your dog can be a lot of fun, but it does require a bit of extra planning and preparation. By following these tips, you can ensure that your trip is enjoyable and stress-free for both you and your furry friend.

Gardeners Cottage is a large dog friendly holiday cottage in Blakeney on the North Norfolk coast.

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