We understand that many people want to go on holiday or travel to their holiday home with the whole family, including their dog! Read our handy guide to making the most out of dog friendly holidays in the UK.
First and foremost, before you go anywhere with your dog you should check their vaccinations are up to date, and if your pet has any medication you should ensure you have enough supplies of it for your break.
1. Choose the ideal dog-friendly location
When considering where to take your four-legged friend on holiday, make sure you select a true dog-friendly option rather than a place in which dogs are merely allowed - make sure your pet will be welcomed and will be able to enjoy himself.
2. Research, research, research
Research things to do in the local area for you and your pooch. From walks to long beaches for stretching those legs and feeling the sand under their paws.
3. Pack all the essentials
Your dog might not be happy if you leave his or her favourite toy behind! Also don’t forget the lead, blanket, bed and food bowls! Remember to bring your usual dog food too, now is not the time to change your dog’s diet and your usual brand may not be as easily available in the area you are travelling too.
4. Pack ice cubes
The ideal doggy treat, especially on a hot day. Store them in a bottle and once they melt to water you’ll have a handy cold drink for your pet too!
5. Travel safely
The highway code recommends that your pet is kept on a harness during every journey, so it is harder to distract the driver.
6. Keep them in the back
Airbags can be dangerous for dogs, just as for children, so keep your dog out of range. Dogs are also more likely to cause a distraction if they're up front near to the driver.
To take a look at our range of dog friendly holiday locations across Scotland and northern England here.
7. Stop frequently
Toilet breaks are a must for all dogs, your bladder might be better than your pets so remember to stop frequently, plus if this is the first time travelling so far with your dog, they may need more regular toilet breaks than usual!
8. Talk often
Speaking to your dog, just as you probably do at home frequently, is the ideal way of keeping them happy and calm during any journey.
9. Avoid leaving your pet on its own
It might panic and cause a disruption. This also applies once on park in our holiday accommodation, especially if it’s the first time visiting that holiday home or park.
10. Be prepared when you get to the park
Please make sure you have everything ready before opening the car! We don’t want your pet getting lost in a place unfamiliar to them, it would be scary and potentially dangerous.
11. Give your dog time
Allow your dog to get used to their new surroundings once on the park and familiarise themselves with the accommodation and new environment.
12. Remember to bring the mess bags
Just like you would at home, you are expected to clean up after your dog on our parks. If you forget your mess bags we are likely to have some in our shop on park, or at reception.
Most importantly, enjoy yourselves and enjoy the time spent with the entire family! Take yourself and your pooch off to visit the sights, long walks and relax as they chase the waves on local beaches or paddle in our nearby rivers. Take lots of photos too, we love to see your four-legged friends and their families enjoying themselves on our parks’ social media pages!
Our Customers Testimonials
Here's what some of our happy customers have to say.
We had a great mid week break at Thurston Manor. We stayed in a lodge which was outstanding! All staff were very friendly and helpful. I have recommended Verdant Leisure parks to other people. We will be back .
Murray Family , Thurston Manor
We booked the caravan to visit nearby family and required dog friendly accommodation. The caravan was basic, but clean. The campsite was pleasant to walk round and we found some lovely dog walks around the edges. Due to COVID we didn't experience the full facilities but would recommend to friends and family.
Mrs Davies, Thurston Manor
Excellent site. Caravan was very clean. Will definitely book another holiday.
Mrs Munro , Thurston Manor
We had a lovely holiday, the lodge was cleaned to an excellent standard and felt very safe in the park. Would definitely come again.
Mrs Morland , Thurston Manor
Service was brilliant. After problems with the gas boiler staff couldn't have done enough to help us and especially giving us vouchers we really appreciated it.
Miss Jenkins , Viewfield Manor
Enjoyed our 2 night stay. Friendly, helpful staff. Clean amenities. Only a short stroll from the touring site to the club house, swimming pool and entertainment. All good.
Mrs Gaze , Riverside
An excellent value for money camping pod. We usually wild camp so a pod is luxury for us! The pod was larger than expected and the toilet and shower block were exceptionally clean and kept clean. A great base for us with access to great walking in The Cheviots and Northumberland Coast.
Mrs Clancy , Riverside
Camping pods have everything you could want. Compact, very cosy and spotlessly clean. Would highly recommend.
Mr Kelly , Queensberry Bay
Enjoyed my stay, weather good,relaxing just not long enough will definitely be back.
Mrs Scott, Queensberry Bay
Loved every minute, pods were spotless, great value, staff excellent and in a beautiful location, can't ask for more. Will definitely be back.