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Canine Critic

What makes a great Canine Critic?

Kate W 03 September 2020

Calling all travel-loving hounds! We’re on the hunt for our next Canine Critic – could it be you?

We were bowled over with applicants last year with a huge number of dogs and their owners applying for one of our prestigious roles as a Canine Critic. Thank you so much to everyone who entered.

After much deliberation, we narrowed it down to ten impressive winners, each representing their region of Britain.

Our 2020 Canine Critics have done a fantastic job travelling the UK and reporting back to Canine HQ, exploring the finest dog-friendly holidays and sharing their experiences - you can check out their marvellous adventures here

Barry, Daphne and Filey are all ready to pass on the mantle after a great year on the job

We’ve had such a fantastic response to our Canine Critic competition that we’ve decided to do it again, only this time it will be bigger and better than ever!

These ten have trailblazed their way across the UK, sniffing out the best places to go and things to do for dogs, and now it’s time to pass the mantle to our next set of adventurers.

This year, we’re excited to be on the hunt for another TEN top dogs to represent the best of Britain. Yes, we want to recruit ten playful pups to become our ‘paws’ on the ground, exploring the UK and taking in the best that our island has to offer.

And you could be one of them! To register, head over to our official Canine Critics page.

Register now!

What makes a great Canine Critic?

We’re looking for a diverse selection of ‘real’ dogs with character and a great story to tell. Personality is waaaay more important than pedigree for this gig! Successful applicants will love to travel, enjoy sniffing out new adventures and not mind posing for photographs. They’ll also need to have a willing human or two on hand to accompany them and document their adventures for our website.

Fredrick and Royston, Lucas, and Lunar, Summer, Nancy and Ethel were all part of our 2020 pack of Canine Critics

The role

You’ll be entitled to £1,000 to spend on a cottage holiday of your choice during the year with your owner, where you’ll be expected to act as property inspector and sniff out the finest dog-friendly pubs, attractions and walkies in the area.

We’re counting on our Canine Critics to have their paws on the ground and be ready for every adventure that comes their way. Are you and your human up to the challenge?

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Inspect our cottages for dog-friendliness
  • Visit dog-friendly attractions, events and days out
  • Handle walkies on lots of beaches, hills and towns
  • Review a selection of pup products
  • Always have your paws to the ground and be ready for adventure

Experience and requirements:

  • Must be a minimum of 6 months old (if you're a tiny pup, come back next year!)
  • A love of holidays, car rides, and walkies
  • Some experience with blogging/social media preferable
  • Flexibility to holiday at off-peak times

Your human is essential - you’ll need to call on them for the following:

  • Documenting all holidays through blog posts and social media
  • Transporting, feeding, and washing the sandy fur off the Canine Critic after beach outings
  • Tummy rubs and cuddles for the Canine Critic on demand
  • Aiding the application process to ensure all facts are correct before their paw hits submit
  • To converse with other humans at Canine Cottages HQ from time to time if needed

What Critics will win

  • Canine Critic welcome pack to include a selection of goodies for both dogs and humans
  • Full profile on our ‘Canine Critics’ web page with a link to your social channels
  • £1,000 voucher to spend on a cottage holiday 
  • Our guide to being a Canine Critic
Phil, Niko and Teddy, Ronnie, and Talyn have done a great job and are ready to see who our next Canine Critics will be!

How to register your interest 

The process is a walk in the park - just head over to our Canine Critics page and click ‘register your interest’. 

Good luck to every pup applying. We can’t wait to meet our new generation of Canine Critics.


Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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