A Guide to Dog Friendly Camping Holidays

Wed 6 December, 2017

Dog-friendly campsites are growing in popularity with pet friendly campsites located in prime holiday locations all over England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Camping holidays are for all the family, and for the 1 in 10 UK families that own a dog, that means taking your pet camping too. 

Dog-friendly holidays are particularly appropriate for solo campers, families and those planning a hiking holiday in the company of their trusty four-legged friend.There are many advantages to choosing campsites that allow dogs. It means you don’t have to worry about your pet fretting while you are away. It also avoids the cost of expensive boarding kennel fees. 

What to Look for on Dog-Friendly Camping and Touring Parks

The best dog-friendly camping and touring parks will have additional facilities for pet owners such as dedicated dog exercise areas and litter bins and bags for pet waste. They may also provide a list of local vets and doggie daycare centres and great places for dog-walking close to the campsite.

You might want to choose a dogs-welcome campsite close to forest walks, national parks and beautiful beaches where your dog can run and swim. However, some beaches are dog-free during the peak summer months, so check local info for restrictions before deciding. 

The best campsites for dogs are those with some trees and shade for your pet. Choose a site which has plenty of space or low hedges between pitches to avoid territorial barking at four-legged neighbours!

Holidaying with your Dog

Be aware that not everyone adores dogs and not all pets are as well-trained or socially adjusted as your dog. What may be intended as a display of affection by a bouncy dog may not be appreciated by other walkers. 

This is particularly true when walking in the countryside near livestock. It’s smart to keep your dog on a lead when in the presence of other animals, including other dogs.

Tips for Taking your Dog Camping

Camping with your dog can require some extra preparation. Make sure your dog is well trained and comes to heel when called. Most dogs-allowed campsites require your pet to be on a lead at all times and have a collar with an ID tag including your mobile contact number. Check vaccinations are up to date and that tick and flea treatment is current.  

A quick checklist of things to pack for dog-friendly holidays include:

  • A familiar bed or blanket and a groundsheet
  • Bowls for food and water 
  • Favourite toys
  • Plenty of towels
  • A supply of food
  • A cage or a large stake/anchor for securing your dog during meal times and at night

When holidaying with your dog, the safest way to transport your pet is in a travel cage which collapses when not in use. It can also double up as a secure and familiar bed for your pet at night. Give your pet plenty of fresh air during the journey (dogs can get travel sick too!) and make regular comfort stops for a leg-stretch. That way you will all arrive fresh and ready to start your dog-friendly camping holiday.