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Welcome advice for our furry friends

Travelling Dogs

Date Posted: 03-03-2016

Let’s face it. Some of us cannot bear the thought of being parted from our furry and loyal friends. And the same happens to them – separation can be a stressful time for dogs. When planning a holiday we want our pets to have the best time ever, but deep down we know that our desires are confined by the restrictions around dogs and where can they go. It all ends in a tug of war between our hearts and our wallets! Dog owners – we’ve all faced the same conundrum: we can’t leave them behind, the boarding kennel is almost unaffordable, and we convince ourselves that taking them will be even more expensive and too much of a hassle for everyone. Or is it?

With an average cost of £15 – £50 per day at a good, clean kennel, it is no surprise that recent surveys show that more and more people are finding that taking their dogs with them on holiday is actually cheaper than leaving them behind. Thanks to a more pet friendly attitude, the nation’s tourism sector is getting increasingly pet-savvy. To the point that today you can find hotels offering room service for dogs and spa retreats with spiritual dog trainers.

At our Days Inn Hotels our view is that if your pet won’t eat another guest, then it’s welcome. We offer dedicated pet-friendly rooms where you and your pooch can relax after a long day cooped-up in the car or out in the countryside.

To help you get started on your planning, here’s a list of things to keep in mind to make the holidays a fun time for all. We know a lot of you are seasoned travelers, so feel free to use this list as a checklist.

  1. This may sound obvious, but it’s important to make sure your pet is fit to travel. If necessary, ask your vet for advice before beginning the journey. This is particularly important if you’re planning a long holiday.
  2. A restrained dog is a safe dog. This is specially the case while you’re all in the car – restrain your pet so they cannot distract or injure you or themselves. Seat belt harnesses are particularly good options. Check the RSPCA for more information.
  3. Your pet will travel better if it doesn’t have a full stomach. To help avoid any carsickness, avoid feeding your dog just before the start of your trip.
  4. Some pets can get anxious when traveling. To help them cope better, take them on short trial journeys and introduce them to their harness.
  5. Bring their favourite toys, blankets and lead. It’s a holiday!
  6. Take regular breaks at pet-friendly locations. Let your dog run around, stretch its legs, and have a light snack and fresh water.
  7. Check for any signs of overheating such as faster, heavier panting, increased activity or unexplained barking or whining. In situations like this, it is better to check-in at a hotel for the day and give your pet the chance to recover.
  8. Remember to keep some plastic bags in the car for when your dog has a toilet break. You can be fined if you don’t clear up your dog’s mess properly.
  9. Providing enough ventilation is essential, but make sure your pet cannot escape through open windows.

No matter what kind of break you’re planning, if you’re a pet lover looking for pet friendly service areas or hotel accommodation with dedicated pet-friendly rooms throughout the UK, look no further. At Welcome Break we’ll welcome you and your pets with a smile and work hard to make your stay an enjoyable one.

So don’t leave your pet behind – plan your comfort breaks or book overnight accommodation using our journey planner. After all, why should your beloved pet miss out on all the fun?

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