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Tips on How to Take a Vacation with Your Dog

We all love the idea of a good holiday, don't we? Whether it's a cosy weekend away in the mountains or a sun-soaked cruise to a far-off island, planning the trip can be just as exciting as the actual getaway itself.

So, it's no surprise that you want to bring your dog along on your holidays. Some pets love a good adventure, while others might find it all a bit much! These tips will help you make sure your holiday with your pet is a paw-some experience.

The Pros and Cons of Leaving Your Dog at Home

Holidays are meant to be relaxing, but let's face it – the thought of leaving your dog behind can make your trip feel a bit less exciting. Maybe the hotel you've booked isn't pet-friendly, or maybe you're planning on activities that aren't suitable for them. Whatever the reason, leaving your pet at home while you go off on an adventure can be tough.

So, is it best to find a pet sitter or pack them in the car? Let's look at the pros and cons of leaving your dog behind:


  • No Travel Stress: Let's be honest, travelling with dogs can be a bit of a headache. From the car ride to the unfamiliar smells and noises, it can be stressful for them. Leaving them at home means they can stay in their comfy, familiar surroundings.
  • No Need for Pet-Friendly Places: Not every hotel or holiday home welcomes pets. And even if they do, you might have to pay extra for the privilege.
  • A Home Away from Home: While you're off exploring, your pooch can be chilling out in their own space with all their favourite toys and the comforting scent of you.
  • They're Used to You Being Out: Think about it, your dog is probably used to you going out to work, popping to the shops, or meeting friends. A holiday isn't that different, they're used to you being gone for periods!


  • Missing Each Other: A part of you might already be feeling a bit sad about leaving your dog! They're loyal and loving family members, and the thought of them being lonely can be tough.
  • Looking After Costs: You'll need to find someone to check in on your pet, whether it's a friend, neighbour, or a professional pet sitter, and that'll cost a bit of money.
  • Extra Tests and Checks: If you choose to board your pet, they might need extra vaccinations or tests before they can go. That's another thing to add to your holiday to-do list!

So, there you have it! It's up to you to decide whether the benefits of leaving your dog at home outweigh the drawbacks.

Don't Forget the Essentials

We all know the feeling! You're excited about your holiday, but then you realise you've forgotten something important. To avoid that moment, it's best to make a list of everything your furry friend will need.

Here are some must-haves for your pet's holiday:


  • A lead or harness - To keep them safe on walks, of course!
  • Water bowls - Dogs need to stay hydrated.
  • Waste bags - For those “accidents” that happen on walks.
  • Toys - To keep them entertained and happy on the journey and at your destination.
  • Food - Make sure you have enough to last the whole trip.
  • Treats - For rewards and to make them feel extra special.
  • Collar and ID tag - Just in case they get lost.
  • A torch - For those evening walks when it gets dark.

Maybe You'll Need These Too:

  • A brush - To keep your pet's coat looking its best.
  • A blanket or pet bed - To make them feel cosy and at home.

Safety First!

Before you set off on your adventure, it's a good idea to think about safety. Look up some vets in the area you're heading to - you never know when your dog might need some extra care. Jot down their addresses and phone numbers, and check out their reviews online to make sure they're reputable. 

It's also a good idea to take your pet to the vet for a checkup before you travel, just to make sure they're fit and healthy for the trip. And remember to check their microchip is working properly, and make sure you have their vaccination records to hand, just in case!

Packing the Right Food for Your Trip

When you're on the road, stick to your dog's usual food routine. Sudden changes can upset their tummy and lead to accidents, and no one wants that! Make sure you're feeding them good quality food, and a handy tip is to grab some sample packs of their favourite brand from the pet shop. They're perfect for travelling and won't take up much space in your luggage. 

Always remember the treats, of course! And most importantly, keep your furry friend hydrated. Travelling can be tiring, so make sure they have plenty of fresh water throughout the day.

Finding the Perfect Pet-Friendly Place

Before you book your accommodation, it's important to check if it's pet-friendly. Find out if there are any extra fees for bringing your pet, like a pet deposit or a cleaning fee. Some places might have limits on the number of pets you can bring, or they might have weight or breed restrictions. 

It's a good idea to pack your dog's crate in case you need to leave them in the room and don't forget to bring their favourite things, like a bed or toys, to help them feel at home.

Travelling with a Senior or Disabled Dog

If you're travelling with a senior or disabled dog, there are a few extra things to keep in mind. Make sure you pack any medications or supplements they need, and if they have any incontinence issues, don't forget to bring along some pet diapers or puppy pads. And if your furry friend uses a wheelchair, be sure to add it to your packing list so you don't leave it behind!

Trust Your Instincts

The most important thing to remember is to know your dog. You know them better than anyone, and you know what will make them feel happy and safe while you're travelling. Your bond with your pooch is truly special, so use it to anticipate their needs and make sure they feel loved and cared for. Relax, breathe deep, and enjoy your vacation together!


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