Do’s and Don’ts When Taking Your Dog On Holiday

Oh sure, you could leave your dog in the kennels when you go away on holiday, but not only can this be expensive, but it also means the four-legged member of your family misses out on some much-needed r&r with the rest of you. 

So, if it is practical for you to do so, why not take your dog away with you? By doing so, you won’t start to pine for your pooch when you’re away, and there will be no need for your dog to pine for you either.

Still, to ensure your dog is a happy dog, there are some do’s and don’ts that you should adhere too if you do decide to take him with you.

Do choose a dog-friendly destination

Your dog won’t be very happy if he is forced to stay cooped up inside during the duration of your holiday, so choose a place that is perfect for walks and play with your dog, and choose somewhere that is safe. You might consider the Lake District, for example, due to the many walking opportunities and the chance for you all to splash around in one of the many fabulous lakes. Or what about Devon, with its golden beaches and coastal walks? Check out All Four Paws’ guide to dog-friendly Devon to learn more. So, think carefully before you decide on a destination, and ask yourself: Will my dog enjoy this holiday as much as I will?

Don’t forget to pack your dog’s essentials

If your dog was given free rein to pack his own bags, the only things you would find in his suitcase would be a scrappy old chew toy and a tin of his favourite food. Your dog needs more than that, of course, so don’t forget to pack everything he needs before you leave for your chosen destination. The obvious things are food, toys, and bedding, but if you’re going somewhere hot, you should also bring a doggy tent and other items to keep him cool. If you’re going abroad, you will need a pet passport. And there are all kinds of other things you should consider, as you can see in this packing checklist for dogs. So, don’t leave home without any of your dog’s essentials, as both you and he will struggle if you forget something important.

Do keep up with your dog’s routine

Dogs can become anxious when travelling somewhere new, so to keep them as calm as possible, try to stick to their normal routine. This means feeding him at his regular meal times, and it also means taking him for his usual quota of walks. We appreciate this can be difficult, especially when travelling in anything other than a car, but when you get to your chosen destination, try to bring about a sense of normality. If your dog had been feeling nervous, he will soon start to regain his usual composure when there is a sense of familiarity, and he will start to enjoy the holiday as much as you will. 

Those were just a few do’s and don’ts that you should consider, but there will be many more, so have a look online for some other tips if you are taking your family companion away with you on holiday this year. 

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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