Top Tips for Travelling with Dogs
We welcome dogs at Luxury Family Hotels. In fact, as well as being the perfect place for a pet-friendly family break or holiday (with ample grounds to play in and all kinds of dog-friendly amenities), we have a number of canine residents of our own, who have proven particularly popular with our younger guests.
As dog-lovers ourselves, we've put our heads together to share our advice for those who don’t want their pooches to miss out on all the fun of a family break.
• Make a list of what to bring with you, including ample supplies of your dog’s normal food (the same brand may not be available at your destination), a lead, a water bowl, their favourite toys, scoop-the-poop sacks and their home bedding. Pack it all in a separate bag to make it easier to find things when you get there.
• Ensure the journey is comfortable for your dog by bringing a blanket and a non-spill travel bowl for water. Make sure you keep the car well ventilated and take a break from the road every two hours.
• Choose a form of accommodation that genuinely welcomes pets and make sure to tell your hotel that you are bringing a four-legged friend with you so that they can be ready to receive him or her.
• Find a destination with good walking, both in the grounds and nearby - see our blog on dog-friendly beaches close to our hotels in Cornwall, Dorset and Hampshire. Staff at your hotel will also happily recommend good local walks and dog-friendly pubs.
• Ensure that your dog is kept on a lead in public areas, out of respect for other guests - especially younger ones who may be nervous around animals.
• When walking in new areas or places with hazards such as clifftops, exercise caution - keep your dog on an extendable lead that gives them a feeling of freedom while letting you stay in control.
• Consider getting your dog microchipped in case they go astray and lose their collar ID (a legal requirement).
• Make sure your pet insurance covers not just accidents and illness but also third-party liability.
Read more about our pet-friendly hotels in the UK.