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Top tips for taking your dog on holiday

Can’t bear the thought of leaving your best friend behind whilst you go on holiday? Then take them with you!

There are more and more dog-friendly businesses popping up, meaning taking your dog on holiday has never been easier. 

To make everything go smoothly, we’ve teamed up with our pals at PetsPyjamas to bring you a bunch of handy tips.

Choose dog friendly accommodation

No sneaking your dog into a hotel room and hoping the cleaners won’t notice the fur all over the bed – now there are dog-friendly accommodation options for every type of holiday. Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage or a luxury spa hotel, the team at PetsPyjamas have sniffed out the very best in the UK’s beauty spots, all you need to do is decide where to go!

When choosing your accommodation, make sure it’s suitable for your particular dog, such as having enough outdoor space or areas to exercise your dog safely.

Plan your journey around your dog

If you’re travelling a significant distance, plan your trip so there are plenty of opportunities to stop and let your dog relieve themselves, stretch their legs and have a drink.

woman with pink hair cuddling a dog

Pack a bag for your dog

To make sure your dog settles right in, fill a bag with all their creature comforts. Don’t forget to pack:

  • Their own bed and crate if they use one
  • Food and water bowls
  • Enough dog food for the trip
  • A selection of their favourite toys
  • A selection of their favourite treats and chews
  • A blanket that smells of them
  • Their lead, harness and collar with a tag with your contact details
  • A dog towel
  • A PitPat Dog GPS Tracker to track all those adventures.
  • A doggy first aid kit
  • Their insurance documents

Check your accommodation’s dog policy

Before booking accommodation, make sure you check their policy for dogs. Many places won’t allow you to leave your dog alone there, whilst others can provide dog day boarding so you can go out without them. Whatever their policy, it’s best to be prepared so you can plan your holiday accordingly.

Plan dog-friendly days out

Luckily the UK is full of dog-friendly days out – you might even be surprised at some of the places that welcome well-behaved dogs. Plan ahead to find days out that you can bring your dog along for, so they don’t miss out on the fun.

Man on a kayak with spaniel

Schedule in some down time

If you’re the type of person who has an itinerary for every day of the holiday, make sure you plan in some downtime. Dogs generally need a little more sleep than we do, so make sure they have ample opportunities for naps. You can even use a PitPat GPS or a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor to keep track of their rest so you can get the balance just right.

Find out where the nearest emergency vet is

Hopefully, you won’t need it, but it’s always a good idea to find out where your nearest emergency vet is, just in case your dog needs medical attention. You can also use video vet services, like FirstVet, as the first point of call. (Psst, did you know that PitPat LIFE members get access to FirstVet for free?)

Bringing your dog on holiday can be a wonderful experience for you both and knowing that you don’t have to leave them behind can be a relief. Start planning your holiday today with PetsPyjamas – and if you’re a member of PitPat LIFE™️ you can even get £50 off all holidays over £500.

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