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Dog-friendly holiday

May 15, 2017

For many dog owners their pet is an important member of the family so when it comes to going on holiday, leaving them behind is not an option.

Thankfully holiday home owners are wising up to this fact and it is now so much easier to find fantastic dog-friendly accommodation in stunning locations around the country so our four-legged friends don’t have to miss out. But what is it that makes a great dog-friendly holiday home?
Having launched our own contemporary holiday home in north Cornwall in April 2017, we’ve compiled our top 10 list of what you should look out for when booking your family getaway.

1: There’s a big difference between ‘we accept dogs’ and ‘dog-friendly’ so it is wise to do your research. Call up the booking agent or owner direct and find out exactly what the dog policy is. How many dogs are allowed? Which rooms are out of bounds? And remember, if you allow your pet on the sofa at home they’re not going to stop when they’re on holiday, so check what the rules are with access to furniture.

2: Check what dog essentials are provided in your holiday home. Some will provide dog bowls, old towels to help rub down muddy and sandy paws, dog food serving forks, poop bags and even treats or balls. Also check if there are blankets or throws to help cover and protect furniture if needed.

3: It may be seen as a bit of a luxury but is there underfloor heating in your holiday home? Dogs love to curl up on a warm floor, and it’s also a great, effortless way of drying off damp paws quicker!

4: Consider your dog’s safety. Does the property you’re looking at have an enclosed garden or gates that can be closed to prevent escapes? When out and about exploring, be vigilant for potential hazards such as cliff edges, farm animals and busy roads. If in doubt, keep them on a lead.

5: Most properties will allow dogs on the ground floor but not upstairs. If the property is over more than one floor. ask if there’s a stairgate to help prevent our four-legged friends sneakily finding their way on to the bedspread for a snooze.

6: If you’re heading to the coast, make sure you clue up on which beaches allow dogs as the rules may change depending on the time of year. Tourist information offices are great places for finding maps of dog-friendly beaches, but if you’re lucky, there may be a map available in your holiday home.

7: Before you go, it is worth doing some research into which nearby restaurants and cafes allow dogs. You don’t want to spend hours trekking from pub to restaurant to find one that does. Similarly with tourist attractions, you don’t want to turn up only to find dogs are not allowed. Again, a good dog-friendly holiday home should supply such information and tips within their information pack.

8: Get to know where the nearest vet is in case of an emergency. While no one wants to think about things that could go wrong on holiday, sadly accidents do happen. Search online for the nearest dog to your holiday home and leave the address (or even better a map) in your car.

9: When travelling long distances with your pet remember to keep them secure and safe in the vehicle so they don’t distract you while you are driving or injure themselves if you need to brake sharply. When you arrive at your destination, take your pet out for a long walk so they can become familiar with their new surroundings. After a long car journey it’ll be good for the whole family to get a breath of fresh air!

10: Possible the most important message – and one which all responsible pet owners already know – is NEVER leave a dog in a car on a warm day as it can be dangerous and deadly. If you see a dog in distress in a car while on holiday, dial 999.

Gwelmor is a luxury, three-bedroom holiday home in Widemouth Bay, north Cornwall, which accepts up to three dogs. For details log on to Gwelmor or follow on Facebook: GwelmorWidemouthBay, Twitter: gwelmor and Instagram: gwelmor.

As featured on Good Dog Magazine

Fully enclosed garden at Gwelmor in Widemouth Bay, north Cornwall