Dog Friendly Holiday – 10 tips for taking the dog

Taking your dogs on holiday in association with Harbro Country Stores.

Here are our tips for the perfect dog friendly holiday. Bringing your dog on holiday can be a joy, enhancing your experiences away from home, sharing in fun and new adventures with your four-legged friend. Besides, the alternatives are not that great – kennels are expensive, friends and family are not always an option, and either of these can be stressful for both you and the dog, leading to a holiday filled with worry, affecting your valuable leisure time. No one wants that!

Dog Friendly Holiday - Photo by Karen Appleyard Photography

Photo by Karen Appleyard Photography

A much better option is to take the dog with you. At Cottages & Castles 75% of our holiday homes welcome pets, and in 2018, we helped over 1800 dogs have a dog friendly holiday with their favourite humans. So many of our reviews come back saying how much fun was had watching the children and the dogs enjoy themselves, especially in the homes that had big enclosed gardens.

“Had a great break here with our two dogs. The garden is lovely and the area is so quiet. It was a relaxing break away.” Mrs Murphy. Tomachlaggan Smithy (sleeps 4)

Dog Friendly Holiday - Cottages and Castles - Tomachlaggan Smithy sleeping 4

Tomachlaggan Smithy | Sleeps 4 | Nr Tomintoul

Dog Friendly Holiday - Karen Appleyard Photography

Westie at the Seaforth Pub, Ullapool. Karen Appleyard Photography

But the key to a smooth holiday with your dog is to be prepared. We’ve compiled a handy list of how to make your Dog friendly holiday stress-free, in association with Harbro Country Stores.

Our Dog Friendly Holiday List:

  1. Travel Safely. First things first, it’s important to make sure that your dog can travel safely. Whether you want to use a dog seat-belt, a car harness, a hammock or a crate it is vitally important that the driver stays distraction-free and that the dog is safe and secure.
  2. Get Tagged. If you are going away to a strange place, ensure that you have a tag with your mobile number on it, or even better the address of the property you are staying at. If your dog’s collar isn’t secure, why not get a harness for your holiday for added security? A missing pup is the last thing you want!
  3. Basket/Bed. To help dogs settle quickly into your home away from home, it’s a great idea to bring a bed or basket that your dog is used to. If your normal dog bed is too cumbersome to bring, why not try an alternative, more portable bed – just be sure to buy it a couple of weeks before you go, so it smells familiar to your dog by the time you head off on hols.
  4. Long & short leads. Whether you’re used to running a short or long lead, it’s a good idea to have both options with you on holiday. Some visitor attractions will only allow entry if you keep your dogs on a short lead, and some open spaces may just be too open to let them run riot so your longer lead will come in handy. It is important to remember to keep your dog on the lead when you are walking in amongst livestock, especially in the more rural, countryside setting.
  5. Food & water. Ensure you have fresh water available at all times. Tuck a travel bottle into your rucksack before you head for a day out, stock up on favourite food and treats before you go and if your dog is a messy eater, a feeding mat might save you some cleaning!
  6. Poo Bags. No explanation needed. Where ever you in Scotland you will always find a dog littering bin and it’s made easy and convenient for you to be able to clean up after your dog wherever you are.
  7. Medical Supplies. Does your dog need worming before you go? Are they due their flea treatment while you’re away? Every Harbro Country Store has a qualified animal advisor in store to give you advice on animal health. If you are worried about travelling anywhere new with your dog they are there to answer any queries you may have.
  8. Toys & treats. Bring some favourite toys and anything else that is going to make them feel at home. You could even go that extra mile and get the dog some new ones, but like the cushion, make sure you do this in enough time so they recognise their scent.
  9. Pack it away. To make sure that you remember everything for your dog, why not pack all their kit in one separate bit of luggage? While it might seem extravagant to have a case for your dog, it will make it easy to identify anything you’ve forgotten.
  10. Relax & have fun! Plan and organise to the best of your ability so when the time comes all you have to think about is your adventurous itinerary and the much needed ‘down time’.
Dog Friendly Holiday - View across Ardmair Bay - Karen Appleyard Photography

View across Ardmair Bay – Karen Appleyard Photography

Whether you are going to be walking all day, chilling in pubs or adventuring in the car, you want to be prepared for everything. These are 10 great tips to keep in mind when preparing and planning for your self catering holiday with the pooch. Find everything you need for your pet from Harbro Country Stores – With 21 stores over Scotland, you will be able to sniff one out easily! Follow them on Facebook @harbrocountrystores for all updates, offers and product news!

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