Dogs need holidays too
It’s not just humans who need a break. I’m sure most of you will agree, our dogs enjoy a pet friendly holiday just as much as we do.
Contrary to what many dog trainers and other behaviourists will tell you, dogs are more like humans than we give them credit for. Like us, they can sometimes feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed too and a holiday is a great way to alleviate stress – for both us and our dogs.
Some of the most common behaviour problems I encounter can be a result of boredom, or loneliness. And it’s no secret that if they’re kept cooped up for too long, dogs can go ‘stir crazy’. That’s quite human-like, isn’t it? Most dogs are at their happiest being active, preferably outdoors, with their families. They love to spend time with us and a holiday is the ideal scenario for that.
A holiday doesn’t just help your dog mentally either. Sadly, many dogs can suffer from lack of exercise too, to the extent that over 60% of vets say obesity is the biggest health and welfare concern for UK pets, according to figures released by the British Veterinary Association. So a majority of vets think that obesity is a bigger worry than cancer, heart disease and everything else combined. Blimey!
Happily, a holiday is the perfect time for your four-legged friend (and you!) to get some exercise in the great outdoors.
Finding a great dog holiday
If you’re thinking of taking your dog away, it’s worth bearing a couple of things in mind. Make sure you’re picking the right accommodation, set within a location with plenty of walks and dog-friendly attractions nearby. It’s a good idea to think about distance too: You don’t want to be traveling too far if your dog isn’t fond of car journeys.
It’s a little-known secret that off-peak times are perfect for dog-friendly holidays. Not only will you have access to beaches that are “off-limits” during the summer, you’ll be enjoying quality time with your dog away from the crowds. And don’t worry too much about the weather – your dog certainly won’t.
Not to mention that there are some real bargains to be had in the quieter months. I’m a Yorkshireman, so I had to mention that. I have a reputation to keep up don’cha know.
Happy holidays folks! Woof woof!