While many holiday properties are pet friendly, it’s still important to first check that your accommodation are happy with accepting your dog(s) before you book. Rural Retreats identifies dog friendly properties here.
Pick your base carefully
Think about comfort for you and your dog when deciding upon a place to stay. Most dogs will love somewhere with home-comforts and room to roam (somewhere that has a garden with dog-proof fencing would be ideal). If possible, pick a base close to dog walking trails to save you having to bring a tired or potentially soggy dog miles when returning home at the end of day.
Plan your journey
A long trip can be a real ask for a dog so it's important to plan your car journey with your dog in mind. To stop them getting restless, plan regular stops for a quick walk so you and your dog can stretch your legs. Keep windows open for ventilation and bring water and a bowl. If you think your dog might get bored along the way, bring along some chew toys too.
Be aware of dog bans
Most UK holiday destinations provide lots of wonderful locations for days out to excite and interest you and your dog, but it’s important to be aware of dog bans in place, particularly in parks, public spaces, or on some British beaches. A quick bit of research beforehand to check out where dogs are permitted should stop you getting in any hot water. The Good Beach Guide is a great place to start looking for dog-friendly beach spots.
Consider your walking routes
Avoid wasting crucial holiday time finding good walks by planning your routes in advance, ideally whilst you're still at home. For some great ideas on where to stroll your pooch, have a look at www.ruralretreats.co.uk and www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
There's more holiday and travel tips in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.