Tuesday, 1 August 2017

We're all going on a Doggy Holiday!

Summer has rolled around again, and for many it’s time to start thinking about going on our jolly holidays. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of planning a holiday, but what about your four-legged friend’s holiday needs? Well, lucky there’s this post to tell you more …

Staycations are as popular as ever, and with the beautiful countryside, gorgeous beaches, and plenty of places to explore all over the UK, it’s easy to see why. What’s more, taking your dog along for the ride is now easier than ever! Searching the internet for “Dog-friendly holidays” brings up a lengthy list of possible options, from campsites to cottages; We Accept Pets is a great site. Imagine all the adventures you and Fido could have!

With some helpful hints and tips from the RSPCA, mixed in with our own doggy smarts, we’ve compiled a useful guide on what to consider when holidaying with your canine companion!

Before you go

Do your research
Will there be enough activities to keep your dog happy? Will the weather be of concern? Make sure to plan your days around your pet and the weather forecast to maximise the fun!

Vet Check
Despite what your pooch may think, it’s wise to have your vet give them the once over before your travels. Also, it’s worth snooping around for details of a vet local to your vacation destination.

What to pack in their doggy suitcase

All the necessities
Leads; collar – both regular and LED for those night-time strolls – & ID tag; favourite toys; chews; enough food and medication if needed), for the whole trip; familiar-smelling items – and their own familiar bed!; treats; towels.

The journey …

Make sure you pack enough fresh water, food and treats to satisfy your dog whilst on the road. It’s advised that you give pets their doggy dinner two hours before travelling, or no less than eight hours before if they suffer from motion sickness.

Safety First
Will they be secure in their harness or carrier? Make sure to allow plenty of ventilation, but discourage rebel antics such as sticking a head out of the window! Fun it may be; safe it is not!

Plan to take regular breaks to allow Fido to stretch his legs. Walking the dog has some great information on country walks alongside motorway services, but more on that later …

"You have arrived at your destination”

Roam free
Once you arrive at your home away from home, it’s natural to want to have a nose around, so let your dog do the same! He’ll also need time to rest, once all the excitement has passed!

“There’s no place like home!”
To help ease your dog into holiday mode, make the place seem as homely as possible. Remember those familiar-smelling items you packed? That’s where they come in! Plus, everyone loves to sleep in their own bed.

Routine is key
We all know that everything can go to pot due to ‘holiday mode’ when it comes to us humans, but it’ll be a huge help for your pooch if you could stick to their normal routine as much as possible, diet included! Just because you’re having a few cheat days, doesn’t mean your dog should, too!

Bonus! “It’s a dog eat dog world out there …”

The main thing to remember for the whole holiday? Stay. Safe! Walk your dog on the lead, unless you are certain that it’s ok to do otherwise. Keep a close eye on your dog’s behaviour and fitness – every dog acts differently on holiday! And, as always, never leave your dog in a situation in which they’re uncomfortable – especially in a vehicle.

Now, you may think that you are all set to go, but not before we tell you that in August's edition of Animal Magic, you can have the chance to win three great Hubble & Hattie titles that would make the perfect travelling companions. Along with a copy of the previously mentioned Walking the dog, we also have a copy of Dogs on wheels, and Emergency first aid for dogs, for one lucky reader! So, make sure you're subscribed to Animal Magic to find out how to get your paws on these fantastic books!

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