While here at Canine Cottages we take care of much of your holiday for you, helping you to find the perfect place to stay in the UK with your four-legged friend, there are a number of things you need to remember to ensure your pet enjoys its stay just as much as you do. We’ve created a handy checklist so that all bases are covered and you can all enjoy a truly pawsome time away!
Collar and name tag
A collar and name tag is essential in the event of your dog going missing while on your travels, and they help your pet to be easily reunited with you. Before your holiday, get an extra name tag engraved which includes the address of your holiday accommodation as well as your mobile phone number – that way your beloved companion can be traced back to you even quicker. If the collar is easy for your dog to escape from while out on a walk, it may also be worth considering a harness for added security. It is now a legal requirement for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped.
Lead (long and short)
While a long lead is great for letting your furry friend explore and roam through the wide open spaces, make sure you also pack a shorter lead so your dog can be kept closer to you when necessary. Many dog-friendly attractions require that your pet is kept on a shorter lead in order to better keep them under control.
Let your dog ‘lead’ the way on these scenic walks throughout the South West.
One of the guidelines of bringing your canine companion to our holiday cottages is that their bed or basket must be brought with you for them to sleep in. It also gives your dog a sense of familiarity and reminds them of home, which can often help them to settle down to a good night’s sleep even in a different place.
Dog food and food bowl
Though many of our dog-friendly cottages are within easy reach of a shop where you can stock up with supplies, they may not sell your dog’s favourite food. Make sure you take enough food for the entire stay, as well as a few treats of course! You’ll also need to bring the food bowl to serve the food in, as well as a plastic mat if they are a messy eater.
Bottled water and travelling water bowl
Travelling water bowls are ideal both for car journeys and for long walks, keeping your dog hydrated while they explore their exciting new surroundings. As they are collapsible, they are easy to store and use on the go. Make sure you also have some bottled water handy as they could get ill from drinking water out of puddles or streams.
The coldest months of the year can be some of the best for a dog-friendly holiday, as many dog-friendly beaches, which do not allow dogs in the summer, become free to roam. If you’re planning your travels for this time of year, make sure you bring your dog’s jacket to keep them nice and warm while out and about (especially if they have fine and short hair). It will also keep them lovely and dry should a sudden downpour of rain occurs.
Getting wet and muddy is one of a dog’s favourite things to do (often much to our dismay!) so make sure you pack plenty of towels to wipe off those dirty paws before they return inside.
There’s no avoiding it: at some point during your holiday you’re going to have some dog mess to clean up. Any fouling on the grounds of our holiday cottages must be cleaned up without delay, so pack plenty of poo bags to make sure nothing is missed; fragranced nappy sacks work well. Dog mess should also be cleaned up while you’re out and about so that our beautiful outdoor spaces remain just as pleasant for everyone else to visit as it was for you.
Unfortunately, your dog can’t take a break from taking the medicines they have been prescribed, so make sure they are one of the first things you tick off your checklist. Ticks may also be a problem in certain areas, so pack some tick-removing products just in case for your dog to remain happy and healthy.
Even if your dog is normally toilet-trained and well-behaved, little accidents can still happen if your dog is unsure about their new surroundings. Stain remover should clear up the problem in a jiffy.
Pet hair roller or lint brush
If your furry friend can’t help but shed a ton of fur everywhere, a pet hair roller is ideal for removing pet hair from where it shouldn’t be in no time.
Your dog will love a little bit of pampering during their time away! It’s also a good idea to pack a brush for after a rainy day walk, as brushing can stop your pet’s fur from becoming matted.
An old sheet
Perfect both for in the car and in the holiday cottage, laying down an old sheet means that floors will no longer get covered with dog hair. We do not allow dogs to lie on beds or chairs in our properties, and any hair must also be cleaned up before you leave the cottage.
These are super handy for keeping everything you need for your waggy-tailed buddy close to hand, while still having your hands free to fully enjoy everything around you.
In the case of anything bad happening, be it accidents, illness or property damage, having pet insurance can give you peace of mind. For a week-long break, the cost of pet insurance should be relatively low.
Useful contacts and addresses
Be prepared for the worst and keep some useful contacts close to hand that you may need on your holiday. Two useful ones would be your accommodation, so that you can easily locate it and tell others where you are staying, and the nearest vet, in case of a medical emergency.