Dog friendly holidays and activities

As dog owners we absolutely love our dogs and they’re truly man’s best friend. You’ll always hear a dog owner say “If I could take them everywhere with me I would”, but guess what now you can! With more and more businesses in the UK becoming dog friendly, you no-longer need to leave them at home.

Whether you’re planning a day out, a holiday away or just want to take the dog for a walk, we can point you in the right direction.

If you're out of ideas, but just want to do something a little different with the family and bring your furry friend along, then take a look at some of our suggestions below. Alternatively, the Dog Friendly directory may be able to help (registration required).

Holidays

Accommodation
If you’re looking to get away for a few days, whether it be an inner city break or a countryside retreat, you’ll find just what you need for you and your pet, from hotels to cottages for the whole family. If you’re a little more adventurous and want to be one with nature, there’s plenty of camping and caravan sites that welcome dogs too.

Beaches
We all love to walk along the beach with the sand in our toes and the wind in our hair, listening to the sound of roaring waves. But isn’t the beach even more amazing when you get to share that experience with your dog as they await for that stick to be thrown so they can run after it and happily bring it back to you for another go. Now you can choose from a range of dog friendly beaches in the UK and share that experience with your furry friend.

Last minute holidays and short breaks
Sometimes it’s refreshing to be spontaneous and that can mean booking a last minute holiday or short break with you and your dog. Whether it be a fun filled holiday or a relaxing break, there’s nothing better than getting away from your hectic lifestyle for a few days with man’s best friend.

Travel
Taking your dog on holiday with you in the UK is one thing, but have you ever considered taking them away with you abroad? Have you ever found it difficult to leave your dog at home but felt organising their travel arrangements is too complicated or too expensive? Well fear not, as there are companies out there willing to do the hard work for you, so you can get on with planning other holiday arrangements.

Activities

Days out
There’s so much to do in the UK but as humans we tend to do the same things all too often. Isn’t it nice to explore and uncover all of the hidden historical gems we have and take our dog along for the ride?

Events
There’s a number of different dog friendly events that take place all year round including dog training and behaviour workshops, as well as festive themed dog shows where there’s something for everyone and their pooch.

Shopping
We all love retail therapy and our dogs are no different; from buying custom car seats or boot liners to portraits, spa days, or a fancy new wardrobe – you’ll find everything you need to treat your dog.

Walks
If only dogs could talk, I’m sure they’d say they’re bored of the same old dog walks, as I’m sure their owners are too. So why not liven-things up a bit; discover new and exciting dog walks in your local area and beyond.

Food

Eating out
Sometimes it can be difficult to find a café or restaurant where you can take your dog, it’s almost like finding a needle in a haystack… well we’ve found the needle! There are a fair few dog friendly eateries where you’re able to take your dog plus some of them offer other great services too. Take a look at the Dog Friendly website for more information (registration required).

Pubs
Although your dog won’t be having a pint, there are many pubs that welcome dogs and offer them a cheeky snack or bowl of water on arrival so you can enjoy a catch up with a few friends… human or canine! Take a look at the website listed above to find a dog friendly pub in your local area.

Bakery
These days you can find just about anything in a dog bakery from cakes, chocolates and biscuits to vegetarian, organic, wheat and gluten free foods. So whether it’s a dog treat you’re after or a lifestyle choice for your pooch you’ll find exactly what you need to get your dog’s taste buds going.

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