Considering the fact that nearly half of the UK’s population own a dog, it would be almost silly not to accommodate this member of the family at your holiday park. Bringing along your furry friend doesn’t have to be a chore, but it pays to be as prepared as possible. Choosing the perfect location can be difficult. A number of holiday parks offer dog friendly accommodation and here at Hill Brothers we boast a number of them, such as River Dane and Park Lane.
The most important thing to remember is food. This may seem like an obvious thing to bring, but even the simplest of things can slip the mind. You may not be able to get your dog’s favourite treats where you’re staying, so it’s best to stay stocked up to reward them for good behaviour around the park. As well as food, packing their own food and water bowls will not only give them something to eat from, but the familiarity will help ease your dog into its new environment, especially if it’s their first time away from home.
When packing a first aid kit for your family, don’t forget about your dog. In fact, have a completely separate dog first aid kit. Make sure you are prepared for any accidents and in case of an emergency, check beforehand where the nearest veterinary clinic is from your holiday park. It would also be a good idea to make a visit to your local vet ahead of the trip to ensure your pooch is healthy and ready for the drive with all the necessary vaccinations.
Before you begin your holiday, it’s a good idea to get your dog used to travelling by car, no matter how long the drive will be. If you’re thinking about how to travel with a dog in a car, then take some time encouraging them to get in and out of the vehicle. You can even go on short drives around where you live so they can get used to the motion. If your dog seems nervous after these trials, let them travel with their favourite toy for a bit of home comfort. When travelling long distances, make sure you take a few rest stops, so not only you can stretch your legs, but your dog can too. This is a great trick for tiring out excitable dogs to keep them calmer for the rest of the trip.
Dogs are incredibly clever, but even the smartest of the bunch can get lost in foreign locations. At our dog friendly holiday homes, like many others, we do have a rule of keeping dogs on a leash, but we do understand that accidents happen and dogs can be let loose, which is why we advise a tracking device be considered, whether that be a GPS tracking collar or having your dog microchipped. Whatever option you prefer, it’s recommended to keep any contact details on the collar to be reunited faster should your pooch run out of sight.
These are just a handful of tips for travelling with a dog, but if you have any more questions don’t be afraid to contact the park you’re staying at and they’ll be sure to give you the answers you need!