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Cool places to stay with your dog

British people love their
dogs. In fact 25% percent of
households in the United
Kingdom include a dog, a
figure that is likely to be
even higher this year thanks
to a surge in pet-owning
popularity during the
COVID-19 lockdown. And
with a large number of
travellers planning to book
domestic trips in 2020, the
timing couldn’t be better for
the publishers of Cool
Camping books, which
releases its brand new title
Dog Friendly Britain: Cool
Places to Stay with Your Dog.
A small terrier stands on the steps
A dog staying in the Gypsy Caravan
at Walcot Hall, Shropshire © Walcot
Hall / Cool Camping
During Britain’s three-month
lockdown, walking a dog was
deemed a legitimate reason for
people to get outside and do
exercise – generating greater
interest in getting a dog – and
isolation saw more people turn to
“man’s best friend” for
companionship. Online searches on
“how to adopt a puppy” surged by
120% and waiting lists with popular
breeders closed as demand for dogs
suddenly outstripped supply.
A large white building with a small
A dog at the threshold of The White
House B&B, Norfolk © The White
House / Cool Camping
A dog is for life, not just for
lockdown
This newfound desire to add a dog
to the family did raise concerns
with the animal welfare charity, the
Dog’s Trust, that advised against
acquiring a pet on an impulse. Its
famous slogan was rebranded to “a
dog is for life, not just for
lockdown”.
New dog owners need to have a
solid plan for the ongoing care of
their dogs when life becomes
more “normal”, and their human
carers return to work. Luckily,
workplace characteristics have
changed in recent years with more
employees requesting their
companies and work buildings get
more dog-friendly.
Freelancers who can work from
home, small business owners who
can set their own agenda, and even
larger organisations have been
willing to see dogs in the workplace
with clear benefits for workers, and
their dogs.
Introducing Great Britain
Taking a break with your dog
As many dog owners know, going
away for an extended holiday
without your dog is actually an
emotional wrench that can have a
negative impact on any break. And
some dog owners say they would
never dream of leaving their dog
with anyone else, which is why pet-
friendly accommodation is no
longer niche.
“As a dog owner myself, I knew of
places to stay that were more
welcoming of pets than others. Not
just welcoming, some really
enhanced the experience of
travelling with your dog,” explains
Martin Dunford, writer of Dog
Friendly Britain: Cool Places to Stay
with Your Dog.
“What surprised me, in my research,
was the length some places go to
cater for dogs and their owners,
even in a city like London. One
hotel in the city even holds dog
film nights and dog tea parties. And
staff at all of these places have a
super-friendly attitude,” says
Dunford.
A small grey and white dog on a
Take your pooch on a camping
adventure at Top of the Woods,
Pembrokeshire © Cool Camping /
Top of the Woods
Dog-friendly accommodation
With dogs more popular than ever,
there’s a big opportunity for tourism
businesses to create dog-focussed
holidays. It’s not just country pubs
and small hotels that are setting
themselves up to cater for dogs.
You’ll find remote cabins, luxury
hotels, cosy gastropubs, boutique
B&Bs, yurts and glamping spots
across the country happy to go the
extra mile to host dogs. As well as
offering great places to stay and to
eat, many are in beautiful locations,
well worth exploring on a long walk
with your canine buddy.
“The trend for dog-friendly
accommodation had already
gathered momentum. Now with
people spending more time with
their dogs in 2020 due to the
lockdown, I think that feeling that
dogs are very much part of the
family has intensified”, explains
Dunford.
“With people cancelling overseas
travel plans, there’s really no reason
not to jump in a car and take your
dog on holiday. I know I will,” he
told Lonely Planet.
A non-binary person dressed in
Buck travels the UK with his pooch,
McKenzie © Rachel Hardwick
Photography
Catching the train with your dog
Of course not everyone who has a
dog has access to a car, but
holidaying with a dog is also
possible by train.
Brighton barber, Buck Rumstache,
adopted his rescue pup McKenzie
from Wood Green, The Animals
Charity in January 2019.
“I usually try not to travel for more
than two to three hours on a train
with McKenzie,” Buck says. “It
doesn’t cost any extra to take your
dog on a train in the UK and I have
found staff are always super excited
to see him, and accommodating”.
“If I was going to go further afield,
like say Whitby, I’d plan a decent
break somewhere along the way to
take my dog for a walk and a toilet
break,” he explains. “It just takes a
little planning.”
An Alsatian stands on its hind legs
Even some luxury hotels, such as
South Place Hotel in London, are
welcoming of dogs © Hotels.com /
Cool Camping

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