Is it a good idea to bring your dog with you on a city break?
Taking your dog on holiday is an exciting way to add some extra fun to your holiday. Plus, it eliminates the stress and worry of having to put them in kennels, which many dogs find distressing. Dogs love to explore, and their adorable demeanours will win the hearts of everyone you meet, so they’re a wonderful companion for solo travellers. And for families, not having your pooch in tow can feel like you’ve left a family member behind.
But is it a good idea to bring your dog with you on a city break? Yes – so long as you take the appropriate steps, and plan effectively to ensure your dog will be happy and accommodated on your trip. Here we take a look at some vital tips for visiting a bustling city with your best furry friend by your side.
Whenever you take your dog anywhere, it’s crucial to have a safety net in place just in case they get lost. Be sure they have a properly fitted collar and that their tag has your up-to-date contact information on it. It’s also a good idea to double check that their microchip has your current details on it, too.
If you’re travelling by car, be sure to fasten them in with an appropriate seatbelt harness and stop regularly so they can have a drink and stretch their legs. You could also take a train, as some railways are happy to accommodate pre-booked dogs. Just be sure to take your dog for a test run on a train before your trip to ensure they feel confident travelling this way.
If you live in the countryside, your pup may not be used to navigating the streets of a busy city, and may become anxious or frightened if they’re suddenly put into an entirely unfamiliar environment. The best way to prepare for this is to take your dog on day trips to a nearby city, and train them to behave in a respectable manner around large groups of people – and other dogs.
Depending on the size and activity level of your pet, you may need to plan how you will exercise them effectively throughout your trip, or perhaps invest in a doggy pushchair or carry case if you plan to walk many miles and they are likely to struggle.
Be sure to check with your accommodation provider before you show up that they are happy for you to bring your dog. There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels, cottages and bed and breakfasts available, but it’s important to do your research to ensure that the accommodation is the right fit for you and your pet.
Some places may have restrictions on the breed or size of dog they allow, or there may be extra charges. Be sure to read the fine print and also check reviews from other dog owners who have stayed there before you book.
It’s always good to plan for the worst and hope for the best, and travelling with your dog is no exception. Be sure to pack a dog first-aid kit, and have the numbers of veterinary practices in the area you’re visiting saved to your phone, just in case. With a little extra planning, you can easily enjoy the excitement of a city break with your pup.