As summer approaches, many dog owners’ minds start turning to the holiday season, and thoughts of where they might go for a getaway or short break with the family.
If you have a dog, this of course comes with the added challenge of having to decide what to do with your dog while you’re away. Perhaps checking them into boarding kennels, booking a pet sitter, or leaving them with trustworthy friends or neighbours for the duration.
However, while these are all sound suggestions, that thousands of people make use of every year, there is of course another option; taking your dog on holiday with you! While this does mean that you may be a little more restricted in terms of the types of holidays that are suitable for dogs, banish any thoughts of miserable rainy days in a tent or caravan sitting bored with an equally frustrated dog. A great many different venues and organisations now welcome canine guests, so don’t rule the idea out!
For dog-owning families that enjoy involving the dog in everything they do, and like to spend plenty of time outside exploring and walking, a holiday cottage may be the perfect solution to holidaying with your dog. In this article, we will share some tips and advice on the type of things you should take with you to a holiday cottage, and how to find the perfect spot.
What to look for in a holiday cottage
First things first, while a large number of cottage holidays will permit dogs, not all of them will. So when you first begin narrowing down your search, remember to look for pet-friendly options and landlords that will accept canine tenants!
Once you have found a few options, look into them in more detail to find out the precise rules and guidelines that accompany holidaying with your dog-for instance, do you have to advise the landlord first if you are taking a dog with you, and is there an additional charge or security deposit if you take your dog?
Also, read the fine print of the details of the cottage, looking for things like what type of flooring materials they have, if they have a safe enclosed garden, if dogs are allowed in every room of the cottage, and what is around the local area do do with your dog, as well as any other relevant points.
Try to choose somewhere that has lots of safe walks and activities nearby that you can do with your dog, because there are few things more frustrating than taking your dog on holiday with you, only to find that there is nothing that you can do with them in the surrounding area! This extends to beaches and other public spaces too, as many parks and popular seaside resorts have a no dog rule during peak season, or at certain times of the day.
What should you take with you to a holiday cottage?
Packing to go on holiday can be rather time consuming, and especially if you are taking your dog as well, there is a fine line between taking everything that you need and being totally overloaded with things that will not even be unpacked!
Think about what your dog needs on a day-to-day basis at home, such as food, bowls, a bed, toys, a crate, their collar and lead, and anything else, such as covers for seats and other equipment.
Additionally, make sure that your dog is up to date with their vaccinations, and are covered by recent flea and worming treatments. If your dog has an ongoing health condition and takes medication regularly, ensure that you get enough to see you through with an extra buffer in case of unforeseen circumstances, and ask your vet to provide a copy of your dog’s notes to take with you in case you need to visit a different clinic while you are away.
Finally, look up a veterinary clinic in the area you will be visiting ahead of time and make a note of their details and how to get there, just in case of any emergencies while you are away!