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Dog friendly holidays

With today's economic climate and general doom and gloom, taking a holiday here in the UK suddenly seems more appealing. The Pound has steadily fallen against both the euro and the dollar, meaning taking a break in this country makes perfect sense.

People often forget that there are plenty of exciting and lovely places to visit in this country. Furthermore travelling in the UK makes it really easy to take your dog with you. The majority of dogs love to travel and to experience new places. An important thing to bear in mind is that some dogs who have never travelled in a car before can suffer from travel sickness. It is a good idea to take a few short journeys with your dog before you go on holiday, just so they get used to travelling in a car.

There are a few simple things that you can do to make the trip as trouble free and pleasurable as possible. There are many good dog carriers and dog car crates on the market these days. These enable you to keep your dog secure whilst travelling. These can also come in useful for trips to the vets etc. It is a good idea to provide your dog with access to water whilst travelling. You may have seen the ‘Road refresher non spill water bowl’ product on Dragon's Den. This product helps to avoid water spills whilst travelling in a car.

Another thing to remember when travelling is that a dog will as a rule prefer having a regular routine. This means it is a good idea to bring your dog's favourite items with you. If your dog has a beloved toy or blanket, it's a good idea to bring this along.

It is essential that you remember when going on holiday with your dog, to bring the right amount of pet food that your dog will need. Continuing to feed your dog his regular dog food is a must whilst on holiday. If a dog suddenly changes diet this can cause stomach problems, which is definitely not what you want when you're trying to relax and enjoy yourself. It may also be a good idea to bring a few treats with you too, which can be given to your dog whilst travelling to ease some of the boredom. It is important to take regular stops during the journey, ideally every hour of two. Dogs just like humans need to stretch their legs and use the toilet.

One final thing is to make sure your dog has clear identification usually in the form of an id tag. This should have your Name, Address and telephone number on in. This means that if your dog should become separated from you, then you are easily contactable. (The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner on it. You can actually be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag whilst in public)

Traveling with your dog can be a pleasurable and exciting experience. Dogs love discovering new places and spending time with you. Let's just hope we get some good weather this summer.


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