4 top tips for having the best holiday possible with your four-legged friend!

April 10th, 2015

Just like us humans, dogs need, and enjoy, holidays too! You’ll know this if you’ve ever taken your four-legged friend to stay in one of our dog friendly Cornwall cottages. But if you’ve never taken your pooch on holiday then let us help with our 4 top tips to remember while you’re on holiday.

Jack the Border Collie, excited about his trip to Cornwall with The Valley Resort, Carnon Downs in a pet friendly holiday cottage.

Don’t forget the rules, boundaries, and limitations

You might well have to remind your doggy of the rules, boundaries, and limitations that have been set in your own household, just to let them know it’s the same, no matter where you are. Why not use the holiday as a chance to intensify good behaviour instead of intensifying bad behaviour? This is your opportunity to make it a great holiday for all family members by working on your leadership skills!

Watch out for the fireplace!

Animals are instinctual about fire; it is natural for an animal to stay away. However, when you’re on holiday, the pooch might quite fancy curling up in front of the open fire, of which many of our holiday cottages offer. You should always be cautious near a fire with an animal and it is essential to remove any coats or clothing they may be wearing. A stray piece of fabric can quickly cause a fire, but this is something of a reminder rather than teaching you to suck eggs.

Allow your dog to check the weather out

Dogs might be able to see the TV but they don’t understand what’s going on, so, in the event of some unsavoury weather, and you don’t want to head out, they won’t know why they are being denied a nice long trip for the day.

Let your dog take a step outside and feel for itself that it is too cold or too stormy, or even too hot, to go on a long walk. Instinctively, the dog will comprehend why it is coming back inside where it’s safer for them.

However, if this is something you’ve done at home before then you might know that, for some dogs, if out in the cold for too long, will develop thicker fur and maintain their fat as a natural protection, so they may not feel the cold as intensely as we humans do. This is obviously a rather advantageous thing to occur should you want to continue to take your dog for walks in cold weather. Keep in mind that many short-haired breeds do not have this natural resistance to cold weather.

Be aware of dangerous holiday treats

You should make sure that you’re extra conscious of the foodie treats while you’re on holiday as far as your pet is concerned. While you can let the diet slip for a few days, dogs cannot allow this luxury when it comes to some foods. And in case you weren’t aware, here’s a heads up on dangerous ingredients that you might cook with, or eat, that your furry friend should steer clear of:

  • Chocolate
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Bread Dough
  • Avacado