Keeping your dog happy when you go away on holiday


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13 January 2020
When it comes to booking a holiday, the inevitable question facing anyone with canine companions is – what about the dog/s?

Dogs are family and it’s very hard to consider leaving them behind. However, if your destination just isn’t suitable for your pup, we’re here to help with handy advice.

Choosing dog care

If your dog lives in a family home, with regular routines, adjusting to a kennel environment can be difficult. Dog sitting offers peace of mind because your beloved dog is being cared for as they would be at home - it’s like a holiday of their own!

It can be tempting to ask friends or family to dog sit informally but they might not have the time, or the right environment, to oblige. Professional dog sitters are insured, experienced and have procedures in place for emergencies and illness.

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Top tips for finding the right dog sitter

  • Obtain personal recommendations from dog-owning friends/your vet
  • Check out ratings and reviews with independent platforms like TrustPilot
  • Follow your instincts and ask questions
  • Don’t leave booking dog care until the last minute as the best options may be full

Packing for pups

Help your dog settle in by packing familiar belongings:

  • bed
  • food/treats, measuring cup and bowls
  • Collar, lead/harness and coat if worn
  • toys
  • waste bags
  • towels and grooming kit
  • vaccination records/necessary medication
  • emergency contact/vet details

Finding a local dog sitter

It’s vital to choose a dog sitter you can really trust. With Barking Mad’s bespoke home boarding service, dogs stay as part of the family, allowing owners to enjoy holidays with complete peace of mind. Why not find your nearest branch, from over 85 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, or call 0333 344 3353 today?