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4 Tips for Taking Your Dog on Holiday

Our furry friends are part of the family and many owners can’t bear to go on holiday without them. Yes, you could put them in kennels or home boarding but many owners spend their holidays worried about their canine best friends instead of enjoying themselves. Then there is the cost; it can cost just as much, if not more, to board your dogs than take them with you. So, if you’re planning a trip with your dog, here are some tips for making it a success.
Plan Your Route
Although your dog may be an excellent traveller, the least amount of time spent in a car for a dog, the better. That means it’s best to plan your journey beforehand, so you can work out the quickest route. If you’re travelling for longer than an hour, you’ll need to make a stop along the way. This is so your dog can have a quick toilet break, some fresh air and walk if they need calming down. Take a look at where you’ll be able to stop and get out for a break. There may be some dog friendly restaurants along the way.
Pet Friendly Accommodation
If you’re staying away from home, you’ll need some pet friendly accommodation. There are plenty of pet friendly cottages available when you want a luxury stay in the Cotswolds. Check the size of the property is suitable for your family and dogs. You don’t want to turn up to a tiny space with three Great Danes. Read all of the small print before you make your booking. There are some hotels that won’t allow dogs in their gardens or there may be some restrictions as to which rooms dogs are allowed in.
Don’t Leave Packing Until the Last Minute
Just like packing for children, you need to pack for dogs in advance. It’s no good heading off on holiday and forgetting to take the dogs leads with you. Make a list of everything you might need to take with you on your holiday, so you don’t forget anything when you’re running out the door. It’s always wise to take some food, treats, blankets, leads and a doggy first aid kit. It’s likely you’ll be able to find things you need while on holiday, but take the essentials just in case.
Know the Area
If you’re taking your dogs on holiday with you, you’ll have to plan your activities around them. It’s a good idea to know of any good walks in the area in advance and what’s going on. Charities often hold events where you can include your dogs and you won’t have to look far to find a pub that offers dog meals and drinks. It’s also wise to have the contact number of the local vet to hand, just in case your dog needs attention for something.
Taking your dogs on holiday with you can be a wonderful experience, but preparation is the key to making a success of it. If you’re relaxed, they will be too.

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