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Holidays with dogs: out and about

Out and about with your dog

When planning your dog-friendly holiday, it always pays to do your research. The accommodation might be dog-friendly (or at least, dog-tolerant) but it's also really important to check that all the places you're planning on taking your dog in the area are also dog-friendly. After all, you don't want to spend the whole holiday inside!

As well as checking to see if there are some dog-friendly pubs and cafés nearby, it's also important you check if things like the local public transport is happy to take dogs on board.

And for many people taking their dog on holiday with them, walks are going to be a big part of your time away. This means checking the routes to ensure dogs are permitted as well as things like how much livestock is in the area as well as water – depending on how your dog reacts to these things.

Here are a few things to consider when planning your holiday:

Public transport:

Whether you're travelling by car, bus, train or ferry, each company is different. Make sure you check the relevant websites before booking your holiday. Most services are happy to accept dogs, but they may have certain rules in place. These include things like having a limit on how many dogs you can take with you and not letting them on the seats etc. Make sure you keep your dog on its lead at all times and that they have been to the toilet before they travel.

Make sure you have all your doggy essentials with you when you travel including food, water, bowls, poop bags, a lead, towel, jacket, blanket and any medication they might need.

Dogs are allowed on the London Underground, but they must be carried on escalators.


If your dog is small, a dog carrier will make getting around much easier. They are available in different styles and sizes and some of them can be used in the car too.

Discover our range of dog carriers.


Finding a good selection of dog-friendly walks for while you're away is a must. If you're out walking in the countryside, be mindful that many wildlife areas and RSPB sites either won't allow dogs or will be specific on where dogs can and can't go – even when they're on a lead.

You might also want to double check these rules for the time of year that you're going. For example, dogs may not be allowed on beaches where there are newborn seal pups.

Wooded areas in some parts of the UK can be inhabited by grass snakes and adders which can give a nasty bite if feeling frightened – so just something to be aware of if you think your dog might at risk.

Always make sure you stay alert in case your dog encounters any livestock, other dogs, vehicles or lakes/rivers. It's also worth ensuring your dog's recall is as good as it can be before you go. If this is something that could do with some work, how about investing in a retractable or training lead to ensure they are always under control.

If the route you have chosen is popular with cyclists, you might want to either choose a different area. Or you could make sure you have a close control lead, so that you can keep your dog safe and secure when riders are passing by.


Boating holidays can be exceptionally relaxing. And if you're planning on setting sail with your pup on board, then there are a few essentials you will want to take with you.

Firstly, make sure you have a doggy life jacket that's suitable for your four-legged friend. Even if your dog can swim well, they can tire easily in cold water. And if they have fallen in, the shock of taking a tumble might panic them. Banks are often sloped so it's difficult to get out too. Dog-friendly life jackets should have a handle on the back, so you can help lift them out of the water. If your dog hasn't worn a lifejacket before, get them used to it prior to your holiday. This will also give you a chance to adjust the straps, so it fits properly.

Discourage swimming where there may be submerged debris in the water to avoid any accidents. And it's best if your dog doesn't drink from lakes and rivers as this could cause an upset tummy.

Be wary of anglers and areas where other boats might be present.

It's also worth taking along some extra towels and blankets – just in case. Boating holidays can be pretty cold so make sure your dog can stay warm – especially if they've taken an unexpected dip!

So, as well as doing your research, we would recommend you take all your doggy essentials with you wherever you go, so you're never stuck without them. When travelling somewhere new, it's quite common to come across new situations so it always pays off to be prepared.


And speaking of expecting the unexpected, read our 'What to do if' blog for dealing with potential problems you may encounter while you're away.

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