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Holidays with dogs: settling in

Settling in with your dog on holiday

Once you've arrived at your dog-friendly accommodation, you'll want to make sure your dog settles in comfortably. Especially if your dog is naturally excitable, taking them to a new place means they might find sleeping and sitting still difficult.

Dogs work best with consistency and routine. And the more well-trained your dog is, the easier this will be when you’re in an unfamiliar setting.

They are also best trained right from the start. So, if you have a puppy or your dog is still quite young, make sure you train them properly – either at home or with an experienced dog trainer.

And if your dog is older but has fallen into some bad habits, it's still worth seeking out a professional dog trainer for a few lessons. This is particularly useful, as you will be able to tailor your training sessions to your own individual circumstances, as well as pick out particular traits in you and your dog.


Arriving at your holiday accommodation

One of the first things you will need to do when getting settled, is establish where your dog can go to the toilet. Confident dogs will settle into this new routine fairly quickly. However, more anxious dogs may need a bit more time and patience.

Make sure you have as many familiar things around them as possible to help. This includes, beds, blankets, bowls, toys and anything that has his or her scent on it.

Pet calming sprays such as Pet Remedy can really help too. Stress can bring on an upset tummy, especially in dogs. So, the more relaxed they are, the fewer accidents you should come across!

Once you've arrived, it's tempting to go out and explore. But this might upset your dog's routine too much. Give them time to get settled and stay with them so they can get used to the new surroundings and understand that it's ok.

You may want to use this time to reassure your dog and give them lots of praise and attention when they start to settle. Take plenty of their toys with you for playtime and get them settled so they know where they can go.

If your dog is quite young, this is especially important as they shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time.

And if your new home has a garden or outside space, check that is secure enough for your dog to run around in.


Once your dog is settled, you're ready to head out! Read our guide for tips on exploring new areas with your dog.

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