Staycation: The Doggy Way

As uncertainty still looms on overseas travel, it is staycation season, and Brits up and down the country will be on the move.

There will be no kennels for these pooches this summer as there are plenty of dog-friendly locations so your furry friend (or friends) can join in on the fun!

To make sure you are all prepared for your staycation, here are a few things to help you and your dog have a fantastic time.

Research your location
Ensure you have checked your accommodation is dog-friendly and the surrounding area is safe for your dog. 

Some holiday home sites may charge extra for pets, so be aware of hidden charges when booking. You also need to check the area is suitable for walks and is safe should you decide to take your dog off the lead. You should also look into other dog-friendly locations nearby.

One essential piece of research is finding where your nearest vet is and make a note of their details in case of an emergency.

Planning
Now you have done your research, it is now time to put the plan into action. First, make an itinerary of dog-friendly activities. These could include local attractions and restaurants or pubs your dog will be welcomed.

Nothing worse for a dog than being stuck in an unfamiliar hotel room, caravan or holiday home. Keep them happy, active and with you as much as possible.

Vet check & Microchip
As you may be venturing far from your home, make sure to take your dog for a health check at the vets to ensure their vaccinations are up to date. We would also recommend doing the same for worm and flea treatments. 

You should also check your dog’s details are correct on their microchip and if they have not been microchipped, look into it before you depart should they go missing in an unfamiliar area. You should also take your pet insurance documents and see if your policy covers if anything happens away from your home.


Ensure you have the essentials 
Most dog-friendly accommodation will have the essentials, such as bowls, but this is not always the case. So it is always best to check with your accommodation provider before travelling or bring your own. 

We would also advise bringing toys, blankets and their bed so your dog can feel more at home and relaxed with a few comforts.

Routine
Just because you are away from home does not mean you can neglect your dog's routine. Our furry friends rely on their routine, and being in a new place has already caused disruption. 

Try your best to keep to your walk and feeding schedule (although more walks are good) to help your dog settle in its new surroundings. 

It is also essential to show your dog their new holiday home and go for a walk to make them more familiar with the area. Also, after a long car journey, they need a good walk to stretch out.

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