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Tips for a PAWfect summer holiday

It’s holiday time and the whole family is looking forward to a joyful and relaxing time together. But what about the dog? Should you leave your furry friend at home? The answer is, no! We consider our beloved pets to be a part of the family, so why leave them out of the fun of a family holiday? There are a lot of ways to make the summer holiday pleasant for both you and your dog. Still not sure? Here are a few tips for a “pawfect” summer holiday.

Where to go?

Everywhere in the world you can find dog-friendly locations where your family and your dog can enjoy each other’s company and have a great time together. Especially countries like Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Spain are all popular travel destinations for families with dogs. And, this is why:

  • Dog holiday in Germany: There are lots of possibilities for dog families in Germany. Especially in the northern region you can find great dog friendly beaches, including off-leash dog beaches. In many parts of Germany dogs are quite welcome in restaurants, so don’t be surprised if they even give your dear pet a small snack and fresh water.
  • Dog holiday in France: France is a country where dogs are allowed almost everywhere. The French love our four-legged friends, and many restaurants welcome them. Here you can sit outside a pavement café sipping a refreshing drink while your furry companion enjoys a bowl of water. Additionally, you’ll find well-behaved dogs welcome at many of the tourist attractions.
  • Dog holiday in Italy: Italy is a great place to go with your pet, and especially Tuscany is one of the most popular dog destinations. In this area dogs are not just allowed they are warmly welcome! Take your dog for a walk in the beautiful and romantic surroundings and enjoy some of the many dog friendly beaches.
  • Dog holiday in Austria: Austria is a very dog-friendly country. In Austria you’ll be able to take your pet on public transport and in most restaurants. You can do lots of exercise with your pet in this mountainous and exciting landscape. However, be aware that Austria imposes a limit of three animals per person, and vaccination details should be in German or have a translation attached.
  • Dog holiday in Spain: Imagine relaxing by a pool in Spain with your pet by your side. You can both jump in the water to cool off. Spain is very pet-friendly and very easy-going when it comes to dogs. In fact, the larger cities tend to have dog toilet areas. The summers in Spain are very hot though, so always make sure you have an adequate supply of drinking water.

What to bring?

Now that you know where to go, here are a few tips on what to bring and what to remember if you want to create a PAWfect summer holiday for the whole family:

  • First of all, you have to make sure your pet is insured. Not just for accidents and illness, but also for third party liability – just in case. While your dog may be an angel at home, he may behave differently in new surroundings. Additionally, always find out where the local vets are located. Then you know where to go in case of an emergency. Research is everything!
  • Secondly, it is important to think about how you go from A to B, and how to make the travelling nice for the whole family, including your dog. Make sure your dog will be comfortable on the way to your destination. Bring a comfy blanket to snooze on, ensure that there is adequate ventilation, and drinking water available.
  • Thirdly, bring all the food your dog will need! Don’t assume you’ll be able to buy your usual brand everywhere. A sudden change of diet may lead to pain in the tummy.
  • Last but not least, it is always a good idea to bring a small selection of different toys for your beloved friend to play with. Bring some toys you can enjoy together, such as balls, tuggies and frisbees, and some which can be used by the dog itself.

Now, there is no reason why you shouldn’t bring your furry friend on holiday. There are a lot of places to go and a lot of things to do. If you have any other pet holiday tips, please share! Have a great summer!



Sarah is a Certified Fitness Trainer, pet lover and the happy owner of a 2-year-old Japanese Spitz named Bailey. Sarah spends a lot of time outdoors, running, hiking and biking. She loves inspiring Tractives all over the world with weekly pet tricks and tips.

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