Dogs need holidays too
It’s not just humans who need a break. Dogs need holidays too. I’m sure most of you will agree, our dogs enjoy a pet friendly holiday just as much as we do.
Recently, I was asked by the nice people at Parkdean Resorts to give my thoughts on how a holiday can help our four-legged friends, as well as sharing my top tops for dog-friendly getaways. So here’s what I think.
Contrary to what some dog trainers and other behaviourists might 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.
Oh, and 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!