Taking the pooches on Holiday too
We know dogs are much-loved members of the family and there’s usually no reason to leave them behind when holidaying in the UK, especially if you’re staying with us at The Park. Here's an update on a few tips with travelling with your beloved pooches.
We always advise planning ahead. Make sure that before you book a property that you check that it is genuinely pet-friendly (online reviews can be a good start). Also, clarify if it doesn’t have any restrictions regarding the size and breed of dog accepted.
All dogs are different so its a good idea to ensure that the property is suited to your dog’s own particular needs, and ask about any rules to do with dogs within properties. Always a good point is to choose a dog-friendly location. We say that not just in terms of beaches to play on and/or walks to take them on but also a place with a choice of restaurants, cafés and pubs that welcome dogs.
If you can, we suggest getting your dog micro-chipped at your vet if you haven’t already done so. A good all round general health check-up is one to tick off the list. We love a good list...so make a packing list of your dog’s essential items, which will include some or all of the following:
Their regular food to last the trip
Food and water bowls along with their lead, collar and ID tag.
Their own bed and usual blankets together with a few old towels, dog shampoo, dog-waste bags, treats and favourite toys.
If your trip is a fair distance, make sure that your dog gets used to travelling by car. We suggest starting with shorter journeys and gradually building up to longer ones.
Crates are a favourite with us or even harnessing, which them is essential for their and your safety.
Stopping for a comfort break or to stretch their legs on a long journey is essential...2 hours works well.
Once you arrive at your destination, it's great to take your dog on a long walk to get used to their unfamiliar surroundings. This helps with relaxing them after they’ve been sitting still in the car for a while.
Don’t leave your dog alone for too long at your new destination, in case this confuses and unsettles them.