5 Tips for Travelling with Your Dog
Here at the Buccleuch Queensberry Arms Hotel, we don’t just tolerate pets: we pride ourselves on being a truly dog friendly hotel!
Does a dog friendly, luxury hotel, located in one of Scotland’s most breathtaking regions, sound too good to be true? Just ask our resident pooches, Merlin, Murphy and Huxley – we’re pretty sure they’ll give us a glowing recommendation… Or, at least a paw.
Are you taking your pet on holiday for the first time, this year? All we ask is that you let us know when booking, so we can set aside one of our special dog friendly hotel rooms just for you (and your pooch).
In the meantime, you can prepare your pooch for his summer jollies with our top tips for travelling with your dog.
1. Check Your Details Are Up-to-Date
Expect the best, but prepare for every eventuality. Check that your dog is microchipped and that all of your contact details are up to date before you travel. This will help ensure that should your pup go off on an adventure of his own while you’re on holiday, he can be returned to you quickly and safely. This is doubly important for those planning to be out and about enjoying our local countryside. It’s a good idea to add your hotel details to your pet’s ID tag and have him wear a collar for the duration of your stay.
2. Start With A Short Break
We all look forward to our big summer holiday – indeed, for many of us, having something to look forward to is half the fun! But your dog doesn’t know he’s off on his holidays and this sudden change can be more stressful for him that you might expect.
We recommend planning a short break or long weekend away to see how your pet reacts to travelling and staying away from home overnight. Taking a trial trip will also help you decide on things like how to travel with your dog (will you crate him or use an in-car restraint?), how many pit stops are necessary and to see how your pet copes with the overall experience, before committing to a longer break. Grab a bargain with our latest hotel room offers, here.
3. To crate, or not to crate?
Many owners feel guilty about crating their dogs, but using a crate can actually help your pet to feel comfortable and secure throughout the trip.
Successfully crating your dog comes down to careful planning and preparation. Your dog should be properly introduced to the crate at home, by making the crate a ‘nice place’ to be and not a punishment zone. If your dog doesn’t already sleep in a crate at night, try feeding him in his crate or using it as a place to store his favourite toys. Leave the door open until your dog will happily go in and out by himself.
You can then begin introducing him to short stays in the crate with the door closed, gradually building up the time as he becomes more comfortable. Try leaving him for short stints, like when you go shopping or just go to another room. Once he’s happy in the crate at home, you can transfer this to the car.
The other option is to use an in-car restraint, like a doggy seatbelt, to keep your dog safe whilst driving. Take time to experiment before your trip to assess how your pet prefers to travel and what works for you.
4. Find Dog Friendly Places Before You Go
So, you’ve found a dog friendly hotel – but what else can you do in the area? Our hotel staff are a wealth of local knowledge and are always on hand to help you make the most of your stay in Dumfries and Galloway. Not all attractions are able to welcome dogs, so doing a little research before you go will help avoid any disappointment. This post, featuring our favourite dog friendly attractions in Dumfries and Galloway should help you get started!
5. Go For Walkies On Arrival
You’re probably planning to take your dog for a good run before you set off. But going for a walk when you arrive, too, can help him relax after his journey and keep anxiety at bay. Our dog friendly hotel is situated amongst some of Scotland’s most scenic countryside and the local area is unrivalled when it comes to places to walk your dog, whatever your ability or fitness levels.
We recommend that guests take a stroll with their dog, on, or shortly after, arriving at the hotel. Taking in the local countryside is not only a refreshing way to start your country break, but gives your dog a chance to relax and stretch his legs before he meets any new faces (as friendly as they are, this can still be stressful for him).
Want to bring your dog on holiday this year? All canine companions are welcome to stay in our luxury country hotel. When booking a room, just let us know you are travelling with your dog and we will organise everything else!