What to expect when taking your dog on holiday


Holiday and Travel Tips for Dogs

dog on beach holiday

Taking your dog on holiday may seem idyllic, especially if this will be your pup’s first holiday, but doing a little pre planning can make all the difference between living the dream and a Holiday from Hell!



travel planning for dogs

  • Does your accommodation allow dogs and are there any areas they are not allowed?
  • Are dogs allowed on beaches and into places you want to visit?
  • Are your dog’s vaccines, flea and worming treatment up to date?
  • If going abroad, what documentation do you need? Check with your vet for latest advice?
  • Is your dog microchipped (are your contact details up to date?) and do they have a good fitting dog collar and ID tag?  Your dog legally needs both a microchip and ID tag in the UK.
  • What is the weather going to be like?  Very hot or very cold needs planning to ensure your travel companion is comfortable both travelling and whilst at your destination.
  • Does your dog find car, train, ferry travel stressful - ask yourself whether taking your dog on holiday is the best thing for them.
  • Find the telephone number of a recommended local vet and 24hr emergency veterinary service, local to where you are staying.


Things to pack

sleeping dog hungarian vizsla

  • A familiar blanket, bed, crate & or teddy 
  • Their normal food - rich holiday treats can cause upset tummies
  • A large water bottle and travel bowl
  • Dog first aid kit
  • Familiar toys

 Things to think about while on holiday

Hungarian vizsla swimming

  • Allow your dog time to settle into their new surroundings, with you there.
  • Make sure they know where their crate, bed and water bowl are.
  • Try to keep to similar exercise, feeding and rest routines.
  • Don’t leave your dog unsupervised in rented accommodation or hotel rooms, where they could become scared by new sounds or sights.
  • If you do leave your dog, ensure they have something to keep them busy to prevent bad behaviour caused by boredom.
  • Be aware of dangers such as wires, dangerous foods, vegetation and wildlife which could harm your dog.
  • Never leave your dog in a car during the summer months even if it isn't sunny.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke in dogs.  Ensure you and your dog take breaks from the heat on hot days and always have water on hand.

Remember: all dogs act differently when their usual surroundings are changed.  Be patient and calm with them and ensure you don’t end up with an overtired pup.

pomeranian in bed