Tips & Tricks for a Happy Hound Holiday
As the days slowly grow longer and lighter and we begin preparing for a rise in temperature (despite the appearance of Storm Ciara & Dennis), many of us are planning our next getaways.
If holiday planning isn’t stressful enough, trying to organise a holiday with our four-legged friends can sometimes be an agonising task. Whether it’s arranging transport, a dog-friendly hotel or even just what to pack for our pooches – we need to make sure everything is perfect no matter where we go.
Here at the Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we love nothing more than taking our canine companions on a happy holiday. From weekends away to fortnight vacations, spending quality time with our furry friends is the reason we work so incredibly hard. So to take the stress out of holiday planning, the team at the Natural Cornish Pet Shop have created a list – just for you – of our top 5 tips and tricks to having a happy holiday with your hound.
Our top tips and tricks
Comfy Car Rides
Even for us humans, the thought of hour long car rides can make us nauseas beyond belief. The nightmare of being stuck in mile-long motorway queues haunts even the best drivers and holidaymakers out there. However, once we’re on that open road, wind in our hair and our favourite songs blasting through the radio - the holiday bliss sets in and we never look back.
Making our cars or campervans as comfy as possible is the key to a successful journey. For our pets, the drive can be scary so making sure they are safe, secure and calm is the ticket to driving heaven. At the Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we love nothing more than a blissful bed to snuggle up to. The fluffy sensation on a dog’s fur can rid anxiety and provide your dog with comfort they need for a delightful drive in mummies or daddies car.
We recommend Danish Design Bed Range for the most stylish and comfiest of car naps!
If you plan to take your dog on any car journey, please remember to always harness and safely strap your dog in the car. Comfort is key but Safety is Paramount!
Packing a Pawfect Plush
Like our children, our pets struggle to visit new places or destinations without something familiar. There is nothing a dog, or child, loves more than their favourite toy. Supplying hours of endless fun and breaking boredom beyond belief, remembering to pack your pet’s favourite plush or chew toy can cure anxiety almost immediately for our four-legged friends.
The soft texture of plush toys provides an element of comfort that your dog can use to snuggle to reduce the anxiety of being in an unknown place. Pack with them in the car or unleash when you arrive at your destination – making sure to purchase a new snuggle toy or bringing along your pet’s favourite teddy can really make a difference to your pet’s holiday happiness.
Plush toys we recommend for superb snuggleness:
- KONG Cozies Ali Alligator
- KONG Cuteseas Whale
- KONG Softies Patchwork Bear
Hugglehounds Knotties Octopus
If your dog is prone to anxiety with new situations, then taking steps to aid their stress is incredibly important when planning or organising any trip away. From car rides to new places, anxiety in our four-legged friends can have a detrimental impact on their holiday happiness. From upset stomachs and food avoidance to behavioural changes, anxiety can be a real vacation ruiner for our pets – but that’s where we come in.
At the Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we love every type of pet that comes through our doors. From confident canines to anxious pooches, we stock a range of products that can reduce anxiety in your furry friends.
Take a look at some of our stress stopping products:
- Forthglade Calming Treats
- TrueHemp Calming Treats
- Hownd Keep Calm Cookies
- Pet Remedy Natural Calming Spray
Dress for the Destination
Deciding what to put in our suitcases is a task we all know and hate. The stress of making sure we pack the clothes we want and need is something we are all too familiar with. Even for our pets, ensuring we pack the correct clothing is essential for any vacation away. From jumpers to coats, harnesses to leads, packing for our pets is fundamental for a happy holiday.
At the Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we sell nothing but top quality dress for dogs for all ages and sizes. With handmade collars to waterproof leads, we have everything you need to take the stress out of what your dog will wear on the holiday away. No matter what the weather predicts (as we know British weather can decide whatever it wants to do on the day), we always recommend you pack a harness, lead and coat for your pooch whenever taking any trip away.
Shop in style and take a look at some of our favourite doggy dress products:
- Hurtta Outdoors Parka – Great for all weathers
- Hurtta Weekend Warrior Harness
- Hurtta Weekend Warrior Leash
Taking your four-legged friend on holiday can be one of the most memorable experiences you can have but there’s nothing worse than under preparing and travelling to a destination that is far from friendly to your furry friend.
If you want your pet to enjoy the holiday just as much as you, plan some activities where you can bring your pooch along meaning you don’t miss them and they don’t miss out on all of the fun.
For those of you planning to visit Cornwall this spring or summer, take a look at our blog on the best dog-friendly attractions in Cornwall that are pawfect for both you and your canine companion.