Before you head off to the beach or bach, have a think about how your dog will cope – whether they’re coming with you or staying behind.
If you are going away and taking your dog, remember that it will be in a less familiar environment and may not behave as you might normally expect.
If you leave it in a strange place, your dog may go looking for you, or try to find its way home. Make sure it is registered and microchipped so it can be reunited with you if found.
If you are going away and not taking your dog, here are a few points to remember:
- Make sure the person looking after your dog is ready for the commitment, understands your dog, and understands their responsibilities while the dog is in their care.
- Make sure the person looking after your dog has a way to contact you, and leave them with contact numbers for the council’s animal shelters and instructions to contact both you and the council if the dog goes missing – don’t wait until you are back from holiday.
- Make sure your dog is registered and microchipped before you go away, so that any council, vet clinic or welfare organisation can help return it safely.