The Ultimate Guide to Holidaying with Your Dog

The Ultimate Guide to Holidaying with Your Dog

We've teamed up with our friends over at Kennelstore to provide you with the ultimate guide for taking your four-legged friend on holiday.

As we enter into a new season, more and more opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life will soon arise. For dog owners around country, the big question is wondering how a holiday fits in when you have a dog? 

As per Kennelstore, around 40% of UK households have pets - because of this, a holiday without your faithful companion is not really a holiday, is it? However, there are a few things which will need to be considered when taking your dog abroad.

1) Where can you actually go?

It wouldn't always be the first thing which springs to mind, but there are some restrictions on travelling with pets in certain countries around the world. Please see below the countries in which pets are allowed to travel to:

Taking Your Pets Abroad - List of EU Countries

Taking your pets abroad - outside of the EU

Countries inside and outside the European Union in which pets are allowed to travel. Image courtesy of Kennelstore.

Despite allowing pets to enter, most of the countries listed above will have very strict rules and regulations surrounding this. It's important to familiarise yourself with legislation from the country you are planning to visit - failure to do so could lead you into some serious hot water with local authorities!

2) How can you travel there?

The next step after deciding where to go, is actually how and if you can get there. Luckily, there are several transportation options available to you:

  • Travel via car
  • Travel via train
  • Travel via ferry
  • Travel via plane

The best tip when it comes to deciding which travel method to take is to assess all the options available. There are different rules and policies on travelling abroad with pets from all different travel companies, so these will need to be factored in. It is also important to consider additional factors, such as; time and cost. However, the most important decision-making factor should ultimately be your pets safety and comfort. 

Travelling is tough at the best of times for humans, so it can be a traumatic experience for animals. To ensure optimum comfort and safety, owners should invest in a portable dog carrier to suit whichever travel method you choose.

3) Dog-friendly accommodation...

Okay, so you've decided where you're going and how you're going to get there. The next stage is to identify the dog-friendly accommodation on offer in the area. 

It's important to remember that this side has to be of benefit to both you (and other members of your party) and your dog - after all, it is a family holiday! 

Investigating accommodation abroad can be a minefield. We'd recommend to not only rely on online reviews and website information. Do ensure you ring ahead to the accommodation of interest to check their policies which may affect you upon arrival. These may include the size or number of dogs you are allowed to have with you.

For the rest of the guide, please visit Kennelstore for more handy tips and tricks when it comes to taking your dog on a well-earned break.

Thanks for reading,

The Scruffs Team

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