With walking routes galore and a range of dog-friendly accommodation, Dorset has always been a welcoming holiday destination for dog owners. Why not repay the hospitality by ensuring that you behave responsibly with your pet? Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when visiting Dorset.
DO… Clean Up After Them
Just as you would at home, you should always pick up after your pet and deposit their waste in an appropriate bin, whether you’re out exploring the countryside or simply walking them in the area around your dog-friendly accommodation. Dorset is known for its natural beauty, so do your bit to keep it looking nice.
DON’T… Let Them Chase Animals
As always, you should keep your dog under control when cattle, sheep or other farm animals are nearby. Dorset’s heathlands are also home to a number of ground-nesting birds, including woodlarks, stonechats and Dartford warblers, which you should ensure are not disturbed by your pet.
It’s not just harm to other animals that you need to worry about if they stray, either – ticks latching onto your dog are extremely unpleasant, and if they’re bitten by an adder, the UK’s only venomous snake, it could be life-threatening.
DO… Keep Them Cool
Dogs overheat easily in the warmer months, which can be deadly. Be sure not to over-exert them, and ensure that they have plenty of water available.
You also need to avoid leaving them trapped in places that might get too hot. Of course, we all know not to keep them locked in cars, but they could even suffer if left alone in dog-friendly accommodation. Dorset can get very warm in summer, and animals aren’t able to cool themselves down as easily as people.
DON’T… Let Them Bother Other People
Many of us love dogs, but others are not so keen. No matter where you are, you shouldn’t assume that everyone is happy to be approached by your pet unless they’ve shown/said otherwise.
You should also be considerate of people staying near your dog-friendly accommodation. Dorset is a top destination for holidays, and others want to enjoy their break just as much as you do – which means that they may not want to be treated to the sound of barking all day long, or have your hound jumping all over them when they’re trying to relax outside.
DO… Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
The best way to keep your dog – and yourself – safe is to be aware of your surroundings. In particular, take note of any signs put up for your benefit, because while Dorset’s coastal scenery is gorgeous, you should still bear in mind the potential hazards of cliff edges, dangerous tides and so on. Stay aware of where you are and act appropriately.
DON’T… Let Them Out of Your Sight
If you don’t know where your dog is, you can’t be sure of what they’re doing, which means that they could be breaking any of the rules above or getting into even worse trouble. Keep them within view at all times so that you know what’s happening.
Just keep these guidelines in mind and you’re sure to have a good time, whether you’re out on walks or relaxing in your dog-friendly accommodation. Dorset is a brilliant holiday destination for you and your canine companion, so keep safe and have fun!