Holidays with your dog can be a real pleasure, getting away from the usual routine; having time to enjoy long walks and relax together can really strengthen the bond between you.
Self catering holidays are often the most successful because a will generally allow you all the freedom and space you have at home.
There are a number of factors to consider before travelling with your pet for the first time. Take advice from the RSPCA fact sheet on transporting your pet.
Under the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997, “You must not transport an animal in a way that causes, or is likely to cause, injury or unnecessary suffering to that animal.”
Ensure that your pet is safe when travelling in your car, making sure that he/she is secure and comfortable and will not hinder you whilst driving and will not injure themselves or passengers if the car has brake suddenly. Small animals need to be kept in a secure pet carrier that has enough space for them to adjust their position, stand up, turn around and lie down in a comfortable, natural position. That your pet is able to see out of any container and that there is enough ventilation and airflow. There should be enough suitable bedding to keep them warm, comfortable and prevent your pet from slipping around during the journey.
A car journey can be a stressful experience for pets so before setting out on a long journey make sure your animal has experience of a number of shorter trips in the car. Don’t be alarmed if your pet suffers from sickness at first, this is very common in younger animals however if it appears to be persistent then do consult your vet.
It helps to feed your pet at least two hours before your journey, as they will travel better if they do not have a full stomach. If it is a long journey you will need to give your pet a light meal along the way and allow time for a break in the trip and for your pet to digest his/her food before setting off again.
Regular exercise and toilet breaks are vital on long journeys and it is essential that you allow your pet to have access to drinking water throughout the journey. Non-spill water bowls such as the Road Refresher Dog Bowl are really useful and work with no splashing!
Reducing the stress of a journey will enable you all to arrive at your accommodation ready to explore. There is a perfect daily walk on the private grassed field adjacent to the cottage. Because Earlscroft Farm is dedicated to being pet friendly we make every effort to ensure that you and your pets feel welcome and that your visit with your pet is easy and comfortable – the holiday cottage has a secure, private walled garden where you can be sure that your dog is safe to roam in full view while you settle in or relax in peace.