5 Things You Need for a Dog-Friendly Holiday

February 25, 2019

We all need a break once in a while and the same goes for your dog. If you’re planning a getaway, you can treat your pup to an adventure too by planning a dog-friendly trip. As well as avoiding having to board your dog, taking them away with you can help to socialise them.

Of course, you’ll want to ensure you’ve got everything that you (and your pup) need before you depart. Before you finalise your vacation checklist, take a look at these fivethings you need for a dog-friendly holiday:

1. The Right Destination

If you’re going to take your dog on holiday with you, it’s important to choose the right destination. Air travel is out, particularly if you’re going for a short break and don’t want to put your dog through the stress of flying and quarantining. However, domestic travel or even travelling by boat or the Channel Tunnel could be viable options.

Once you know what country or region you’re heading for, be sure to choose the perfect destination for you and your pup. Busy city breaks probably aren’t the best option for a dog-friendly holiday, as there will be plenty of places your dog can’t go. However, a rural escape with plenty of fields, forests or beaches is perfect for a pup-friendly getaway.

2. Pet Passport

If you’re travelling with your dog to Northern Ireland from the mainland or any country outside the UK, you’ll need to take certain documentation with you. Since Brexit, ‘pet passports’ issued in Great Britain are no longer valid, so be sure to check exactly what’s required, depending on your destination.

As well as showing your pet’s animal health certificate upon arrival, you may also need proof that your dog is microchipped and has had a rabies vaccination, as well as tapeworm treatment. If your dog requires any vaccinations before travelling, these may need to be carried out days or weeks in advance. To ensure your travel plans go without a hitch, check exactly what treatment or documentation your dog will need well before you’re due to head off.

3. Dog Food

Your pup won’t thank you if you forget to take its food with you, so be sure to stock up before you go! Travelling to a new location can cause a little anxiety for your dog, so keeping them on their usual food can be a good way to ensure they don’t experience any upsets.

Of course, you’ll want to ensure you’re giving your dog the food that’s best for them. Many people choose to give their dog a raw food diet, as it can help to aid digestion and provides optimal nutrition. With Bella & Duke’s complete raw dog food, for example, you can ensure your dog is getting everything she or he needs to thrive. What’s more – a recent survey found that 82% of their customers said their dog’s skin was less itchy, which means it could be a great choice for dogs who are prone to irritated or uncomfortable skin.

4. Long and Short Leads

If your dog has good recall, you may let them off-lead when you’re out and about at the park or walking in your usual spots. When you’re on holiday, however, it’s better to be cautious and use a long lead. If your dog is getting used to a new environment, there could be a variety of things which trigger them or make them panic. As a result, even the most confident dogs can bolt when they’re in a new place.

Furthermore, if you’re not familiar with the area, you may be unaware of potential dangers and hazards. By taking a selection of long training leads and short leads with you, you can enjoy the terrain with your pup and keep them safe at the same time.

5. Bed and Blanket

No matter how luxurious your accommodation is, your dog will be grateful to have his or her own bed to retire to at night. It will provide an added sense of comfort and help your dog relax while you’re away, so it’s well worth putting it on your list of essentials.

Remember – you’ll need to bring a selection of blankets for your dog, depending on how long your trip is. If you’re heading to the beach or the countryside, your dog may get muddier than usual, so having extra supplies is never a bad thing.

Planning Your Next Dog-Friendly Trip

Travelling can be a great way to bond with your pup and it helps to keep your dog active and entertained. As more and more dog-friendly hotels, B&Bs and self-catering cottages open their doors, it’s getting even easier to find the perfect accommodation for you and your pooch. With a little planning and preparation, you can look forward to your next dog-friendly adventure.

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