For many of us, our canine companions are considered part of the family, accompanying us wherever possible. Although unfortunately, this can make planning a holiday stressful, with the worry of leaving your dog behind lingering in the back of your mind. So, why not bring them with you? There are many benefits to bringing your pet on holiday, and if you’re staying within the UK, it’s relatively easy to take them along.

dog-friendly holiday activities

You might wonder if bringing your dog along will restrict your trip, but fortunately, there are plenty of activities to do that can include your furry friend. Especially if your break will be focused around the great outdoors, you’ll likely find that everything you wanted to do can still go ahead as planned. In this article, we take a look at four different holiday activities that both you and your dog are bound to enjoy.

Exploring nature trails

There are stunning sights to be seen all over the UK, particularly in more rural or coastal areas. A great way to enjoy some downtime is to get out and explore the area, venturing down the numerous unique hiking trails and paths.

As any dog owner will know, they love to explore new places. Taking them with you on your next trip allows them to experience all the fun new things that you do, all while getting exercise and spending quality time together.

Depending on the age and activity level of your dog, you could attempt anything from steep cliff edge climbs to a peaceful wander through a forest. It doesn’t mean you have to be on foot either, hopping on a bike is an excellent way to explore – provided your dog can keep up!

dog-friendly holiday activities


Whether it’s a dip in the sea or a few laps around a private pool, most dogs love to play in water. Not only does it provide a great opportunity to cool off in hot weather, but it’s also a good way to keep them active. Swimming has many benefits for dogs, but it can be quite an intensive activity, so it’s safe to say you’ll have one sleepy pooch by the end.

Aside from just swimming around, there are many ways to keep your furry friend entertained in the water. Water pistols are a favourite among canines, or floating toys can be used to play fetch. Just keep in mind if you’re in the sea or open bodies of water to not throw anything too far.

Outdoor barbecues

Many restaurants are becoming more accepting of dogs nowadays, particularly ones that will sit quietly by your side. However, there are still some that aren’t pet friendly and may turn you away if you bring along your furry companion. Not to worry though, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy a meal together.

Barbecues are a great way to bask in nature while enjoying some hot food, and are an affordable option if you’re on holiday. Simply bring one from home, buy some burgers and throw them on the grill. Plus, if you’re on a seaside break, you may even be able to have your barbecue on the beach (check locally to see if this is allowed).

Boat rides

To see more remote areas, it’s common to venture off on boat trips. Whether you hire your own or opt for a tour with an experienced guide, your dog can be right by your side watching the world go by. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that they might try to jump into the water, so make sure to come prepared with a life jacket and restraints to ensure everyone’s safety. Every pooch is different and you know your dog best, so you’ll know if a boat trip is right for them.

dog-friendly holiday activities

Many people see pets as a tie in their lives, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Dogs love to explore and can often accompany you on holiday, presenting the perfect opportunity to get out and discover new things. Not only that, but it can be hard to be away from your pet for extended periods. Having them by your side can be reassuring for both of you, knowing they’re safe and happy all while making memories to last a lifetime.

Blog Author: Anne Walton