Dog friendly holiday cottages in Spain

09 marzo, 2016 - Por BungalowsClub
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Book your dog friendly cottage with and bring your dog to a great family holiday. Image credits: Pixabay

Dogs are part of the family, and it is possible to take them on holiday with you. You will find numerous dog friendly cottages in Spain that can accommodate your family and your furry friend.

However, there are a few things to take into consideration to make sure your holiday runs smoothly.

Finding a pet friendly accommodation in Spain:

Spain is a great place to take your dog on holidays. You can find the ideal accommodation on that are pet friendly. We have a large range of holiday cottages across Spain, where you are able to bring your pet. The different locations are ideal for a pet friendly holiday as they are either by the sea, in National Parks or in more rural areas. There will be plenty of opportunities for your family and your pet to enjoy long strolls along the beach or a good run in the forest. All the cottages are comfortable,  so you can enjoy them all year round.

Pet friendly activities in Spain:

You will be able to go for long walks and spend your holiday outdoor. There are plenty of open spaces where you can go for a hike or a bike run. Same as back home, you will need to keep your dog on a leash, pick up after him and respect other dog owners. If you decide to let your dog run, you will need to make sure that he obeys when called back, especially since he will be in a foreign environment, with plenty of new smells… You can of course ask the locals if you are allowed to let your pet run, and check for wild animals and where or when hunters hunt. In any case, always make sure that you respect the environment.

If you need to go somewhere and your animal is not allowed to follow (museums, shops…), you will need to make sure that he is comfortable staying on his own, with plenty of water and some food. Spain is hotter than the UK so your dog might drink more water and get hotter. You can always leave a window slightly open to let some fresh air in. And never leave your dog locked in a car.

Where to eat with your pet in Spain:

Some restaurants will gladly accept your dog, provided he is well behaved. Most of the restaurants have terraces outside and some of them really cater for pets. You can enquire about the restaurants when booking your dog friendly cottage. If you are planning to eat out and bring your dog along, take him for a long walk before so he has less energy and will be calmer, allowing you to fully enjoy your Spanish dining experience.  If you happen to be dining at the same place as other dog owners, ask to be seated a couple of tables away so that there is not too much interaction with other dogs.

Plan ahead if you need a Pet Passport and think about your pet comfort while travelling:

Your dog will be able to travel in the EU countries with a DEFRA- approved pet passport. You will need to take him to the vet for a health check and a rabies jab. The vet will check that your pet is up to date with vaccinations and micro-chipped. Bear in mind that your dog will only be able to travel 21 days after the rabies jab so don’t leave it to the last minute. Check that your pet collar has a tag, secured, with the dog’s name and your updated contact details (with country dialing code). You will also need a kennel to transport your animal.  There should be enough room for a water bowl, a food bowl and a comfy blanket. You will also need to pack enough food for the entire holiday. You might not be able to find the brand that you usually buy in Spain. A change in food can be upsetting for your dog digestive system. If you take a first aid kit with you, remember to include medication for your dog.

Travelling to Spain with your pet:

Ferry companies and Eurotunnel accept travelling pets. Eurotunnel offers a dedicated pet exercise area and have pet trained staff on hand. They even give complimentary dog waste bags, and of course guide and assistance dogs travel for free. Brittany Ferries are approved carriers for dogs, cats and ferrets. The price of the ticket to Spain includes kennel accommodation on the ferry. But bear in mind that muzzles are now compulsory. If you decide to travel by air, it is up to the airline to allow you to travel with your dog in the passenger cabin. Your pet kennel or travelling container will need to be the right size so it can fit under your seat.

Check with your travelling company for further advice and regulations so you arrive prepared.

Book your dog friendly cottage with and treat your furry child to a great family holiday!

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