We all know that pets are part of the family, and it can be hard to go on holiday and leave them behind with a dog sitter or in a kennel. Here at Hallmark Hotels, many of our rooms are pet friendly, meaning you don’t need to choose between your four-legged friend or a relaxing break. And with 26 hotels across the UK there are plenty of great locations for a getaway with the pooch. We’ve written about some of the best spots here.
Preparing for your holiday
Now you’ve decided where you’re heading on holiday, it’s time to make sure that your dog is prepared for the trip. If you’re traveling a fair distance, we recommend that you check with a vet that your pet is healthy and safe to travel. We’d also recommend that you ensure flea and worm treatments are up to date, and make sure you have any medication that your dog may need for the trip.
In the unlikely event your dog gets lost whilst you’re away, it’s important to make sure your pup is microchipped and their registration details are up to date, they should also always wear a collar with an identity tag.
What to pack
Just like us humans, dogs love their comforts so packing a bed or blanket that smells like home is a great way to make sure they feel super calm and relaxed in one of our hotel rooms at night. Make sure you pack their favourite toy to keep them company.
A leash, dog poo bags, and your walking boots are a must if you’re heading on an adventure. Check out our blog post on amazing walking destinations in the UK for some beautiful spots that you and your four-legged friend will love.
Remember their food and water bowls, and enough food for the trip as well as some delicious treats to reward good behaviour.
As mentioned before, we really recommend that you have all the medication that your dog may need during your stay, it’s also a good idea to make note of a local vets in case of an emergency.
Space is key for a comfortable car journey for both pets and people, and you dog needs room to sit and lay down properly on the journey. You must comply with the Highway Code and keep your dog safely secured and restrained; it can be a good idea to put your dog’s favourite blanket on the seat or on the boot so they are surrounded by a familiar smell which keeps them calm.
Frequent stops are a must, and there are many designated picnic points and service stations with designated dog areas along the motorways and A-roads that are great break spots for you and your pooch. It’s also important that your dog has a drink of water at each stop.
Do not leave your dog in the car alone and make sure they have fresh air and water available throughout the journey.
If you’re traveling to your destination by train and your furry friend isn’t a frequent rail traveller, we suggest taking a short local train journey to see how your dog reacts and so they can get used to this mode of transport.
If it’s your first time taking the dog on holiday, here are a few housekeeping rules to help make the stay pleasant for you, your dog, and other hotel guests.
Your dog must not be left unattended in your bedroom at any time, as this can be a stressful environment for them. We also do not allow dogs into our brasserie, restaurants or leisure club areas.
But many of our properties have lovely grounds and outdoor areas that your dogs are welcome in, just please make sure you pick up after them and are respectful of other guests.
When out and about, make sure you keep your dogs on the lead in any areas that are new to you and your pup. It’s also a good idea to be extra cautious in any new environments, especially around other animals, like sheep or cows, and near cliff edges.
Before you come and stay, have a look online at places to go locally that are dog-friendly, or ask our helpful staff for some pet-friendly places bars and cafes. Our staff can also recommend some beautiful walking spots in the area that you and your dog will love!
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