Looking for things to do this summer with your dog?
Thanks to the humanisation of our pets, it’s a quandry many owners will be familiar with.
A quick walkies around the local park doesn’t cut the mustard with our nation of pampered pooches who can be just as demanding as children!
Here, we’ve rounded up the best doggy breaks and days out around the UK to keep you and your furry friend entertained this summer.
A trip to the zoo. The Cotswold Wildlife Park lets dogs in on leads. So your pooch can mingle with the meerkats and watch the lions, zebras and giraffes in awe and have a day to remember.
Enjoy a pub lunch. The Brandling Villa in Gosforth, Newcastle, is a pub for dogs with a menu filled with delights like Fillet O Frank. That’s Chicken Breast in a dog biscuit coating served on a bed of sausage and rice with cat gravy. Wash it down with a Bottom Sniffer doggy beer!
Pamper at the spa. Raithwaite Estate in Whitby, North Yorkshire, offers packages for dogs and humans. Prices start at £45 for a luxury bath, blow dry, thorough brush with knot removal, nail clipping and ear clean for your pooch and you can stay overnight in dog friendly lodges.
Get muddy for charity. Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is 2.5/5km obstacle course for dogs and owners. Crawl through muddy tunnels, balance on beams and bounce on trampolines to help raise funds for abandoned pets. There’s still places at the Hever Castle Event in Kent on September 30th.
Visit the UK’s most dog-friendly holiday cottages. Letheringham Water Mill in Suffolk was voted Dog Friendly Business of the Year by Visit England. Owners Richard and Jacqui Gooding are dog lovers and set out to create a haven for them. Each cottage boasts fabulous interiors and an indoor dog shower, plus there’s doggy welcome packs and beautiful gardens to sniff around!
Have a Barking Mad Weekend. Dog lover Sue Corfield organises dog activity breaks at her 16th Century farmhouse in South Shropshire. Activities on the three day packages include hillside walks, flyball, agility and scent training with expert pet coaches, hydrotherapy and a canine ‘who dunnit’ murder mystery night.
Take a trip to the beach. Gorgeous Bamburgh Beach below Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland was voted Britain’s best beach in the Kennel Club awards. Dogs are welcome all year round and there’s plenty of space to run around plus coastal walks too. It’s very clean and not surprisingly, there’s plenty of other pups there for yours to play with.
Visit a play barn. Try out Action Petz centres in Newport and Bridgend. They’re totally secure with an indoor and outdoor play area, agility course and swimming pool for them to splash around in. Founder Shelley Redding wanted to create a safe area for dogs to play after searching for 12 days for her puppy Rocco after he was dognapped on a walk.
Try a dog festival. The All About Dogs Show in on in Norfolk in August and Hylands in September and is an event organised by dog lovers for dog lovers. Check loads of stores selling doggie treats, accessories and gadgets, plus dog shows, agility courses, frisbee-catching contests and a doggy diving pool.
Share afternoon tea. The Doggie Diner in Sunderland won the Kennel Club’s most dog friendly cafe of the year award. They host birthday paw-ties where dogs can invite pals along to their playpen, then for £8.95, have an afternoon tea including cheese chunks, woofkin treats, a pupcake and a tennis ball. They have dog beer too!