A weekend getaway can be a great way to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. But a weekend escape often means having to leave your pet behind. But why should they have to miss out and all the fun? Taking your pooch away for an adventure can be a fantastic way for you all to spend time together, meaning nobody has to miss out on the fun. 

Enjoy a trip to remember with these tips for planning the perfect weekend getaway with your dog.

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Work out how far you can travel

Different animals have different tolerances for travelling, and some dogs might not cope with travelling for too long in a car. It’s worth doing some practice drives to see what’s realistic when it comes to travelling so that you know your dog is happy and comfortable. Even if you can’t travel long distances with your dog, there are still some nearby spots you could enjoy for a change of scenery and the chance to get away for a bit.

Find somewhere suitable

The next step is for planning your weekend away is to find some suitable accommodation. You’ll find dog-friendly cottages all over the UK which provide luxury accommodation in some incredible locations. Choose somewhere with plenty of outdoor space that your dog can run around in and some great nearby locations for long walks.

Make sure they’re healthy

If your dog is in poor health, travelling and being away from home might not be in their best interest. Would you want to be on holiday while you’re unwell? Give your dog a check over to make sure there aren’t any issues that might make travel stressful. If they’re off their food, sleeping a lot or showing other signs of illness, make sure you get them to the vet for a more thorough check.

Get your car ready for travel

Everyone gets tired, agitated and grouchy when travelling, and your dog will be no exception. Making your car as comfortable as possible for your pet will make the journey smoother and help them to feel safe and at ease. You’ll want a specially designed crate or a seatbelt can keep your dog safe, which you can line with blankets, toys and other comforts to help them last the trip. Read some tips on safe car travel for pets to help make the journey easier and give you some ideas on keeping your pet happy on the road.

Pack enough food

While you might be able to eat in country pubs and restaurants, it’s unlikely that you’ll find somewhere that caters for your pooch too. Packing enough food (plus a little extra) to last the weekend will mean that your dog remains well-fed while you’re away. You could take some travel-friendly pet bowls with you so that they can eat by your side, or stop to take a break if you’re planning some long days of walking. Don’t forget to pack some treats to so that you can reward your dog for good behaviour while you’re away from home.

Carry plenty of water with you

A country escape is the perfect opportunity to explore nearby landscapes and do a lot of walking. Just as you would take enough water for you during a walk, you also need to consider the needs of your dog, especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of exercise. A portable water bowl is a great idea to take with you and can easily be packed away in a backpack. Take plenty of bottles of water with you so that you can all stay hydrated during your walk.

Follow the rules of the country

Heading off somewhere for the weekend is a great opportunity to explore somewhere new, for both you and your dog. A new place with plenty of new smells and places to run around can make your dog extra excited, which can be a joy to watch. However, it’s important that you exercise caution when you’re in a new place, as there may be rules and regulations that you’re unfamiliar with. Beaches might have ‘no dog’ policies, or ‘no dogs off leads’, while you should always observe the countryside code when you’re in the country. Be respectful of the rules, they’re there to protect you, your dog and others from harm.

Help them to behave 

When you’re staying somewhere that isn’t your home, you need to be extra cautious of your dog’s behaviour. Making sure that they don’t scratch or chew at the furniture is important if you want to have any security deposits returned! Keep them occupied with deer antler dog chews, which make a fitting gift for your trip. Don’t leave them alone in your accommodation – the whole point of bringing them on your trip is to spend time with them, so make sure you plan dog-friendly activities throughout the weekend.

Bring plenty of home comforts

While you might relish the idea of being away from home for the weekend, your dog might feel a bit homesick. Even though you’re by their side, it helps to have a few familiar items nearby that they can sniff and be comforted by. Pack things like toys, blankets, and even their bed if you can, so that they feel much happier in their surroundings and soon forget about home. You might even want to consider having them sleep in your room during your stay to help them feel more at ease.

Planning a weekend away with your dog is a good way to include them in all of your adventures. You can enjoy a range of experiences as a family that will help you create some excellent memories and help everyone to feel relaxed and refreshed. Make a wish list of places you’d like to visit and get planning! Want to venture a little further? Read some tips on taking your pet abroad and enjoy even more adventures across the globe.

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Like humans, dogs have emotions that they display in the form of behaviour. Unfortunately, they have also been burdened with the feeling of anxiousness, and this can often stem from abuse from previous owners, or even a fear of loud noises like fireworks. Whatever it is causing your dog to feel anxious, you need to ensure that not only are you there for them, but you’re doing everything you can to take these feelings away from them. So here’s some tips on how to calm an anxious dog.

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Look at their diet

Did you know that what we put into our bodies can greatly affect our mental health just as much as it does our physical health? Well, it’s the same for dogs too! Each dog breed requires a different type of nutrition so that they are at peak fitness and health, so you need to make sure that you’re feeding your pup the right food for their breed. Some dogs will be more expensive than others, but to keep them happy, healthy, and most importantly, free of anxiousness, make sure you’re feeding them the right kind of diet. You should also be aware of foods that you shouldn’t feed your dog, as this could affect their mental state too.

Give them a safe place

When you’re feeling anxious, it’s likely that you find a safe space to try and calm down and block out intruding thoughts, and your dog needs the same! While they will, of course, want attention and security from you as their owner, they will also need their own safe place – especially if you’re not in at the time! You should find a dog bed that will keep them warm, comfortable, and most importantly, feeling safe.

Consider obedience school

As mentioned earlier, sometimes a dog might show signs of anxiousness due to abuse from a previous owner, and it can be difficult to break through that history. However, taking them to obedience school and showing your dog that you’re not going to harm them and in fact, you want to nurture them may help with how they’re feeling. Also, having a better behaved dog will reduce the chances of you becoming annoyed with them and them becoming anxious – you see the cycle.

Earn their trust!

Finally, much like us, dogs need to trust people before they can finally relax around them – and that includes their owners! Providing a consistent, safe, and happy home for them will earn their trust and help them feel less anxious when they’re in your care and around you.

Dogs are the most loyal beings on earth, so try out these tips so that you can show your dog that you’re there for them which, in turn, will help those feelings of anxiety go away!

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We are a nation of animal lovers, and it’s fair to say that our pets have our hearts. Naturally the welfare of our four legged friends is high on our minds, as pets really do make a house a home and become part of the family. Just like humans, the health of pets needs monitoring and treating to keep them at their happiest and healthiest. As owners, their welfare is our responsibility and our joy. So here’s what to consider to keep them living their best life…

Learn About Their Specific Requirements

Every breed of animal has different characteristics, and before picking a pet to love, you should put the time into researching their specific requirements. Pets are easy to fall in love with, but they demand a lot of commitment, money and time, often through many years. You may be looking for puppy rearing tips now, but are you prepared to be researching a keto diet for dogs with cancer in a decade or so? Taking on pets is a change to your lifestyle, and you have to be prepared for that and understand want the needs of the specific breed you have chosen are. Think about the time you can dedicate, how it might affect any travel plans and the cost of ownership.

Provide The Right Diet

It can be tempting to spoil your pet with food as a sign of affection, but this isn’t the best way to show love – providing them with a nutritious, well balanced diet is. If you don’t look up advice on feeding the breed of animal you have it’s easy to over feed and cause weight gain and health issues. Your vet should be able to advise you on the most suitable food for your pet.

Ensure They Get Enough Exercise

Different pets need different levels of exercise, and this is an important concern when deciding what kind of animal and what breed will fit your life – or help you get fitter. A large dog is going to need several longer walks a day but smaller breeds may need less or other pets might be more suitable. Pets also need stimulation and an owner who can play games with them. It isn’t just dogs – other pets like cats and rabbits also need this physical and mental contact for their wellbeing. If you have a house pet it’s all the more important, as being of limited opportunity to exercise they are more prone to serious health issues like heart disease and arthritis.

Make Grooming A Regular Event

Having a well groomed animal isn’t just about the way they look – regularly brushing pets with fur helps you to identify lumps, parasites and scratches and stop them developing into something bad. It also ensure their coats are well conditioned and removes dead hair that will otherwise be shed on your carpet. Plus brushing your pet can be calming and great way to bond.

Make Sure You Train Them

A well trained pet is a happy and safe pet, so make sure you train yours well. If they are well trained, especially for dogs, it means that they can take part in more activities. Short, regular training sessions with plenty of positive behaviour reinforcement for your pet is the way forward.

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You have never been so pumped to be welcoming a new arrival into your home. No, it’s not an unexpected baby; it’s a perfect little puppy.

Bringing a furry friend home can be an exciting time, but there are so many important elements to consider before you get started. It’s a huge responsibility becoming a dog owner and there are many sacrifices you will need to make in order to make the process as smooth as possible. You need to make sure they are registered a your local vets, you have to create space for them and you should stock up on supplies before you bring them home. If you aren’t quite sure where to start then these ideas will give you a head start.

Seek Out Veterinary Care

When you welcome a new puppy into your home, you have to make sure they are in a safe environment and have a local vet to take care of them. Easipetcare will happily take on your new dog and provide them with everything they need. Whether you need to get them spayed or get up to date with their vaccinations, just visit your local centre and get the process started. You should also seek out reputable pet insurance too, in the unfortunate case that your little furry friend needs an operation. With insurance in place you will be able to ensure your expenses are all covered.

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You have lived on your own for such a long time now that welcoming a dog into your home is going to be a big change. You need to make sure you create enough space for them to live and sleep firstly. Invest in a comfortable dog bed that is filled with toys and blankets for your new puppy pal to snuggle at night. Their bed should feel welcoming and cosy, so that they don’t wake up and disturb you every night. If you are training a new puppy you might also need some pads for their toilet training; you don’t want them doing their business all over the carpets.

Stock up on Food and Treats

Check with your vet what kind of diet and nutrients your puppy will need on a day to day basis. Stocking up on the right kind of food and treats will make it a lot easier for your new cute canine to settle into their new home. Make sure you don’t give them too many treats though otherwise they will become unhealthy.

Assess Your Finances

You might not realise this straight away but the cost of owning a dog is a lot more than you might think. You might need to make some sacrifices in order to make ends meet. You will soon get used to the additional costs of keeping a puppy, but make sure you are prepared and have some savings at the ready. The first month or so will always be more expensive because you are still working out what kind of supplies and toys they need. After that everything will start to settle down and you can enjoy the lovable company of your new, lovely loyal friend!

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Whether you’ve finally decided to adopt a dog for the first time, or whether you’re an experienced dog owner looking for a new friend, there is always a list of essentials you should buy. Indeed, welcoming a new dog into your family requires a little planning, both for yourself and for your furry pet. One of the most common mistakes that people make, when it comes to preparing the house for their dog, is to forget to consider your pet’s tastes. Picture the scene with a dear friend instead of an animal. If you knew your friend was staying overnight, you’d make sure to know what they prefer to eat and drink for breakfast or if they need anything in the guest bedroom. Consequently, it’s essential to add choice and diversity to your pet’s welcoming pack too.

Make your new pup(s) feel welcome

#1. Your new friend might be nervous

Whether you’re adopting a puppy directly from a breeder or you’ve chosen to take a senior dog from a shelter, you want to put yourself in your dog’s shoes — or paws. Your pup is about to discover a new environment and a new family. Of course, it will be exciting. But at first, the experience is likely to be stressful for a couple of days until your new friend gets used to you and its new home. But you can help the accommodation process to go smoothly with a calming diffuser that actively de-stresses your pet. Just prepare the house by plugging one or more diffuser throughout the property – depending on its size, you might need more than one.

#2. Everyone needs a comfy bed

Do you sleep best on your back, your belly or your side? You probably know the answer to the question. But can you say the same about your dog? You need to create a comfy nest for your pet which typically includes good pillows for dogs and a little blanket. You’ll find that most dogs feel more confident with a brand new bed – it’s best not to re-use the pillow from your previous dog as the odor might be confusing at first. You need to keep your options open too, with a quality bed, a throw and maybe also one of your old sweaters to reassure your dog.

#3. Several culinary options

What will your dog eat? The truth is that you don’t know until you’ve tried it. While it’s true that dogs may not have the same developed palate than people, most of them have specific tastes. You can make it easy for your friend to discover new food by buying small portions in multipack offers. This will allow you to find out whether your pup prefers chicken, beef, carrots, or even cereals. Additionally, you can also introduce healthier alternatives for dogs that have been used to wet food only.

#4. Toys, toys, toys

Dogs like to play. But they all have a favorite toy. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a selection of toys to welcome your pet: A soft toy, a ball, and something to chew and pull.

The bottom line is that all dogs are different. You should also cater to a few possibilities when you adopt a new friend, from whether or not they might be stressed to the type of food they might like.

Sarah x