Taking a Staycation With Your Dog

As more people are continuing to holiday here in the UK, there’s the added bonus of being able to take your dogs with you. Whilst many places allow pets to join you on your holiday, there’s a few more things to consider when booking your accommodation. Also nobody likes to be stuck in a car for long periods of time, so our dogs are no different. To help you enjoy your break we’ve put together some handy tips for you to consider when planning a staycation with your dog.

Check Your Accommodation is Suitable

  • Often accommodation providers will charge an additional fee for bringing your dog, this is quite common, however it’s also important to check the terms and conditions relating to your deposit, just so there are no hidden expenses.
  • If there is no mention of it on the website, it’s worth checking with the accommodation provider if they provide any facilities on-site such as water bowls, gates, etc. This could help you save on packing space in the car!

  • Double check that your holiday accommodation is secure, and that your dog will be safe at all times.

Plan Your Journey

  • Be sure to plan your journey so that you consider suitable places to stop and break up the journey.
  • Keep things like dog food, water, leads and poop bags handy for the journey.

  • Dogs like their routine so try to keep with the same walking and feeding routine that you would at home. Packing familiar bedding and their favourite toys can also be a big help.

  • Walking your dog as soon as you arrive will also help familiarise them with new surroundings.

Organise A Health Check Before You Go Make sure your pet is up to date with vaccinations and flea/worming treatments. Being away from home and in unfamiliar surroundings it’s a good idea to have your dog microchipped for added safety. If your dog is already chipped, don’t forget to make sure the contact details are up to date, as well as on their collar if they wear one. Pack any health insurance documents or have policy details easily to hand in case of emergencies. Where To Go and What To Do Don’t forget to to check when planning your holiday itinerary that what you want to do is suitable for dogs and what their rules are surrounding bringing pets. Many places in the UK are dog friendly and encourage taking a staycation with your dog, however it’s still a good idea to check in advance. For more tips and advice please check out our Guides.