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Dog Friendly Holidays in the UK


Did you know that 25% of the UK are dog owners? That equates to around 9 million people/6702 households that have a pooch to love.

Every family holiday should be memorable, but is it a family holiday without your furry members? Keeping them in mind it makes choosing your holiday destination that much tougher. Some families think it is easier to give your furry friends a separate holiday in kennels, but why spend the extra money and look at those sad puppy eyes when they can enjoy their holiday with you.

The Direct Holiday Homes family also have beautiful, furry family members that we love to take on holiday with us too, so don’t worry we understand your dilemmas, as we have them too.

We are hoping to help you narrow down the choices, firstly you need to decide on whether you are looking for a beach holiday or somewhere in a more rural setting. If you like Cornwall you can find more info here.

Beach Holidays

When choosing a beach holiday there are several tips to take in to consideration:

  • Beaches that allow dogs all year round
  • Beaches with restrictions, i.e. dogs allowed at certain times of the year, or if dogs need to be kept on a lead at all times
  • Some beaches having a separate dog walking area

The beach is fun for all the family, it’s not just the kids that love to dig holes, your dog will too. Here are 5 Fantastic Dog Friendly Beaches in Dorset. Have your dogs ever been for a swim in the sea? Most dogs love the water and it can be so much fun to see them splashing around or getting jumpy if they find something in the water! We love to see happy dogs running down the beach or jumping straight in to the water. Of course, where you want to go is your choice; the UK boasts over 450 dog friendly, beautiful beaches to explore and enjoy. For a more comprehensive list why not visit the beach guide.

Rural Breaks

Exploring the outdoors with your best friend can be a great way to unwind, relax and forget the daily stresses.

Around the UK are an array of hidden gems waiting to be uncovered from forest walks, mountain hikes to hill walks showing breath-taking views, so pack your bags and start exploring the beautiful surroundings the UK has to offer.

We all know how much a dog loves to chase sticks and sniff new surroundings, you will enjoy traipsing through the forest finding new trails that you have not yet discovered. Don’t forget your walking boots!

Before you book your lovely break away with the ‘whole’ family don’t forget to check if pubs, eateries or shops are dog friendly, some local shops keep treats on the counter for your companion. We have put together a list of top 5 dog friendly restaurants in Dorset.

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