Camping with dogs: How make your pet’s staycation great

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According to Google data the number of searches for holiday resorts that welcome four-legged guests have increased by 190 per cent. Camping has also become a popular way to enjoy a getaway around the British Isles, with half already planning to go back to their favourite destination next year.

But for those who are experiencing taking along their pets for a change of scenery for the first time, it can be a totally different ball game compared to their usual holiday routine.

To help make sure that dog owners and their canines have the best time away, Melanie Sainsbury, veterinary education manager at Nature’s Variety, has shared her top tips for camping and hoteling with furry friends.

Take a comfy bed

Ensure you take something that your dog is familiar with to sleep in. Some dogs can get anxious when taken to new places, so having something they know really well and can snuggle into can help to alleviate stress. Alternatively, if your dog usually sleeps in a crate at home, make sure you pack it!

Plan your dog’s meals

Prep all of your dog’s food before you set off for your holiday destination – the last thing you need is to run out and have to make dietary changes.

This can cause digestive upset, making the trip very unenjoyable for your pooches and for you.

Ensure you use leads at all times

Dogs should be kept on leads at all times on a campsite, no matter how friendly or well-behaved they are.

Campsite owners have the right to ask you to leave if you break this rule, so always ensure you have an appropriate lead to tether your dog to prevent them wandering off or encroaching on other people’s pitches.

Take some relaxing bones, chews and stuffed kongs

Even though the camping experience will be relaxing for you, your dog may be unsettled by the sudden change of surroundings.

Something tasty and fun to eat can really help them to relax, we recommend some chewy bones, or even some tasty treats like the Nature’s Variety Freeze Dried Bites.

Combining all the flavour and goodness of raw ingredients, the range is blended with a special selection of nutritious fruits, vegetables and botanicals.

With no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, Nature’s Variety Freeze Dried range can be enjoyed straight from the pack, with no refrigeration needed.

Plan your exercise

You may have gone away for a lovely, chilled break, but your dog will be itching to get outside and exercise.

Many beaches dedicate areas for off lead exercise during the height of the season, so make sure you plan ahead to see where it would be best to walk your pet.

Try Porthkidney Beach in Cornwall, Embleton Bay in Northumberland, or even Holkham Beach in Norfolk?

Plenty of pubs and restaurants are also keen to welcome four-legged friends inside for a nice rest also – let’s face it, a long stroll with a pub lunch cannot be beaten.

Don’t leave your dog alone

If you usually leave your pup at home alone while you venture out, don’t expect to be able to do the same if you take them away with you.

Many accommodation places will ask you not to leave your dog unattended so be prepared for this!

Melanie adds: “With holidays abroad so much less accessible since before the pandemic, we’ve all embraced the UK staycation and family trips have never been better!

“We all know that dogs are part of the family, so of course we want them to enjoy the holiday just as much as we do.

“The most important thing to consider is ensuring your dog is both entertained and relaxed while staying somewhere new – we recommend comfy bedding and plenty of tasty treats to make them feel right at home.”

For more information on Natures Variety, or to arrange delivery direct to your holiday accommodation, visit their website.

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