Thursday, April 19

Tips for dog holidays

Although the time away from your hectic life back home is always much appreciated, many know from experience just how heartbreaking it is to leave your pets with the local kennels. If this proved too much the last time, dog-friendly holidays always go down well if you've prepared for them. After booking your accommodation, you may think think the hard bit is over, but there are certain measures you can take to make sure everything goes smoothly. Here are the three main things to bare in mind.

Tire them to ensure they sleep

Short journeys aren't usually a problem with most dogs; however, the longer ones seem to bring out the worst in them. If they're not used to it - which most aren't - spells of hyperactivity or even travel sickness occurs. The best way around having to control your dogs whilst travelling is to either tire them out with a long walk before you embark on your journey or leave very early in the morning. Like ourselves, they're more likely to go to sleep when either tired or in the dark.

Check for hazards in your accommodation

When you arrive, let the dogs have a roam around the outside of your temporary home as you take the first look inside. As well as hazards for your pets, you need to remember to remove anything likely to cause an accident; making sure no vases or expensive looking ornaments end up in pieces on the floor after the first run-around. Making sure certain things are out of reach means you won't feel like you're babysitting on what's supposed to be your holiday.

Plan your days

Sounds obvious, but not all of the places you want to visit will take dogs in. Some will have certain sections for dogs, with the most under the impression that letting dogs in could only do harm, no matter how well trained they are. Although signs will be put up around the places you choose to visit spontaneously, virtually every single tourist attraction has a website, so check with them in advance to avoid being left standing outside. Although you should remember these three in preparation for various stages, you should leave certain sections untouched. When you arrive, always ask dog owners about places to walk, visit and sights to see. Prepare well, but leave gaps open for all kinds of surprises.

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