Dog-friendly activities for your holiday

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French bulldog sitting on a yellow surfboard in the sea

If you have made the decision to bring your dog along with you on your holiday, then you will need some fun activities planned so that your pup is entertained and enjoys the holiday as much as you.

Read our guide to 5 fun things to do with dogs whilst on holiday:

A day at the beach

There are many dog-friendly beaches across the world, so you shouldn’t struggle to find somewhere that welcomes both you and your pup.

The beach is great fun for dogs and humans alike! Enjoy a game of fetch, splash around in the ocean or go out on the ocean on a surfboard or kayak! If you are going to let your dog join you on your kayak or surfboard then make sure they are wearing a life jacket at all times.

A day at the beach is one of the most popular dog-friendly activities on holiday, so the beach is likely to be busy… make sure your dog is wearing their name tag and collar, and always keep an eye on them.

Go for a scenic walk or hike

You have the opportunity to combine your dog’s favourite activity (walkies!) with breathtaking sights! So make sure to make the most of when on holiday with them.

As long as the temperature is not too much, your dog will love to join you on a long walk or hike. The new environment is great for your pet’s mental stimulation as they will be surrounded by new sights and smells – and of course, a long walk is great for your dog’s physical fitness too.

Make sure you take a strong lead for safety, and a portable water bottle to keep your dog hydrated.

A game of frisbee

Frisbee is an activity adored by dogs far and wide. If you are looking for fun things to do with dogs on holiday then why not find a local dog park to enjoy this classic game!

Aside from being a great form of exercise, frisbee is excellent for improving your dog’s coordination skills. If you are going to enjoy a game of frisbee, make sure to choose an appropriate disc that is soft, flexible and designed with dogs in mind, as it will be resistant to strong teeth.

Know your dog’s individual limits when exercising, and keep an eye on their jumping to ensure they are not injuring their legs.

Tour an outdoor tourist attraction

The best part of going on holiday with a dog is making memories to last a lifetime with your best pal!

There are touristy dog-friendly activities that both of you can enjoy, such as outdoor museums, market towns and castle grounds. Many of these outdoor tourist attractions are welcoming to dogs as long as they are well-behaved and remain on a lead, but do check beforehand to avoid disappointment!

Most indoor venues do not allow dogs to enter, but there are plenty of beautiful outdoor spots for you to learn about the history and culture of the country you are visiting.

Find a dog-friendly restaurant

There is no need to leave your dog at the hotel while you and the family head out for dinner, as many pubs, cafes and restaurants allow dogs to sit with you. Your dog will appreciate the familiarity of sitting with you at dinner time, and you can enjoy a family meal with the whole family! 

Make sure to take a portable water bottle and some dog treats to keep your pup happy and hydrated throughout. Afterwards, enjoy an evening stroll home with your dog and let them enjoy the hustle and bustle of the town centre.

Do make sure to check the restaurant’s rules beforehand to avoid any disappointment, and always ask if you are unsure.

 

We hope this has helped you plan your itinerary of dog-friendly activities for your upcoming holiday! Remember, every dog is different so always take your individual dog’s likes and dislikes into account when planning a holiday with a dog.

 

For any further information about international pet travel, please read more or get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to help you.