Why Wales is perfect for pets!
You don't need to leave anyone behind when you go on holiday to Wales.
Wales is the perfect place to find the best pet-friendly holidays. With loads of glorious countryside to roam, a lovely coastal path to go walking along and plenty of pet-friendly businesses to welcome you, your dogs won't want to go anywhere else!
At Vale Holiday Parks, we're happy to allow up to two well-behaved dogs when you book our pet-friendly accommodation.
Nothing beats seeing the family’s four-legged best friend having a good time. So, to help your dog-friendly holiday be even more relaxing and stress-free, we’ve put together some top tips on how to make sure your family trip away with the dogs runs as smoothly as it can…
6 Top Tips for a Pet-Friendly Holiday
1. Prepare the pet carrier
It’s important your dog feels as relaxed as you do, that way the whole family is having a well-deserved chilled breakaway.
When it comes to getting your pup in the car for the well-anticipated journey to your pet-friendly holiday accommodation, we recommend bringing out the pet carrier a week or two before you’re about to set off. This way it will allow them to get used to it and not feel nervous when it’s time to leave.
If you can, fill the carrier with your dog’s blankets to give them a familiar scent that they’re used to. This will help your pal to relax and feel at ease for the journey.
2. Bring some home comforts
Just like us, dogs can feel a bit uneasy when they’re away from their usual stomping and fetching ground, which can cause a great deal of stress. To eliminate this and help them ease into ‘holiday mode’, bring a few of their favourite comforters. This can be anything from blankets to toys, or even their preferred bowl. These little home comforts will definitely help them start their holiday on the right paw.
3. Stick to your pet's routine
Going away on a pet-friendly holiday isn’t most dogs' regular routine, which is why it’s important to bring a part of that home routine to the holiday with you.
For instance, giving them their food or taking them for walks at similar times to which you would do at home will work wonders at relieving their stress.
Dogs, like most of us, are creatures of habit, so whatever you can do to help them settle into their holiday environment will also help to make your holiday a lot more enjoyable too.
4. Enjoy countryside walks
Holidays at Vale are pet friendly for more reasons than just allowing dogs in the park. Our parks are located in some of Wales’ and Cornwall’s most stunning locations and exploring them is half the fun. Just make sure you know the rules for when you can let your dogs off their leads!
Get those walking boots laced up because becoming familiar with your surroundings will also help your puppy to adjust to the holiday.
If you're looking for inspiration, check out our 6 favourite dog walks around mid-Wales.
5. Don't forget your dog's lead
So, you’ve got those walking boots on, you’re exploring the stunning locations, and you’re delighted to see your pooch running around having the time of their lives. As joyous and cute this is, always be sure to have a lead handy and look out for any signs that instruct on its use. The last thing you want is for your pup to go walkabouts in an unfamiliar area.
6. Locate the local vets
Whether this is your first or fifth pet friendly holiday, it’s always imperative to know the whereabouts of where the nearest vets are located. You can either look on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ ‘Find-A-Vet’ service, or ask a member of staff at your holiday park.
Don’t forget to take your pet’s insurance details with you in the unlikely event that they require medical attention. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and we’re sure you’ll agree that your peace of mind is worth it!
See you and your pet in Wales!
Planning a holiday with your pup can be easy, just remember the above top tips and make sure you book accommodation which is specifically pet-friendly. We're sure you'll have a great time and your dogs will be thrilled to join in the fun!
Are you ready to book your next adventure? Of course you are!