Taking Your Dog on Holiday in the UK

So your accommodation allows dogs? That’s great. Now start finding all the dog-friendly beaches & activities you can all enjoy. Taking a dog on holiday takes a bit of planning, but as long as you are prepared everyone will have a great time…

The Journey

Your dog doesn’t want to be squashed in among the suitcases. He needs plenty of space for air to circulate and keep him comfortable. Before you leave, plan some doggy friendly comfort breaks you can all enjoy. Ideally, you want to plan a break every couple of hours to allow your dog to stretch his legs. If it’s a really hot day, consider some extra shade on the windows. The air-con may keep you cool at the front, but its effects will be pretty poor in the boot.

Staying Cool

We all know about the dangers of dogs in hot cars., but how hot is too hot? If it’s 22 degrees outside, a closed car can reach a life threatening 47 degrees within an hour. Even if the windows are left open, temperatures will still rise too high.

For further advice visit: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/dont-cook-your-dog/

Drinking Water

Dogs don’t sweat, but they lose a lot of water through panting. If the weather is hot it is important to carry drinking water everywhere you go. In normal conditions your dog requires 50 – 60ml of water per kg of bodyweight, so a 20kg Labrador will drink around a litre a day.  In hot weather, and if the dog has done a lot of exercise, you should expect this to increase….don’t forget the water bowl!

His Food

It may take up valuable space in the car, but it is far better to take enough of your dog’s usual food with you, than buy a different brand when you arrive.  A sudden change in diet can cause digestive upset, which really is the last thing you need on holiday!


It goes without saying that you should have the number of the local veterinary practice to hand at all times.  It is also important to appreciate that some dogs may become anxious and react differently in strange places, and if you part company he won’t know how to find his way back to you.  Make sure your mobile number is on his ID tag, and that the microchip database holds the correct contact details for you. Watch out for unfamiliar hazards such as busy roads, cliff edges and loose farm animals.

Stick to your routine

To help your dog adjust and settle in his new surroundings, try to stick to a similar routine to the one you have at home, and bring some of his favourite things along – like his blanket and toy.