Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best Destinations For a Dog Getaway (Guest Post)

If you usually leave your dog with friends, family or a boarding kennel when you jet off on holiday why not consider taking your dog along with you next time? While you’ll find that most destinations will generally welcome dogs, these are some places around the world that will make your four-legged friends feel like they’re right at home!


It should come as no surprise that Israel – the country that launched the very first television channel for pooches - is a nation of dog lovers. This is particularly obvious in its biggest city, Tel Aviv, where there are designated beach and park areas specifically for dogs (don’t worry, they’re still welcome everywhere). You’ll spot every kind of breed wandering the streets here, and many have awesome custom haircuts to cope with the heat!

happy to pose by Victor Bezrukov, CC-BY-2.0

The French certainly love their dogs - so much so that they don’t think twice of seeing them in shopping centres, restaurants and other public places. Even in Paris dogs are a common sight – in fact they even have city workers that drive around on a motorcycle sucking up dog poop (they call it a ‘moto-crotte’), although you’ll probably feel a bit wrong leaving your dog’s waste on the pavement. If you’d rather get away from the city there is a wealth of countryside to explore. While many of the National Parks ban dogs you’ll still find many trails leading out of towns and villages as well as along the coast.

Ah, Paris by Jon Hurd, CC-BY-2.0
The Netherlands

While you won’t find people employed to scoop up your dog’s mess in Amsterdam it’s still a great place to take your dog. There’s a special area in Oosterpark specifically designed for dogs while Vondelpark is another great place for you and your pup to stretch your legs. Meanwhile, in the large open squares around the Netherlands you’ll often find locals relaxing at a cafĂ© with their pooch, so you can feel comfortable taking your pet where you please. 

Dog in Window by Mingo Hagen, CC-BY-2.0

As you’d imagine with a country the size of the USA there are plenty of dog friendly areas, but the one that trumps them all may be Key West at the southern tip of Florida. There’s a tremendously laid back vibe here, perhaps in part thanks to its proximity to Cuba, so if you enjoy relaxing strolls with your dog and easy access to delicious fresh seafood you’d have difficulty finding somewhere better.

On the other side of the country you’ve got San Diego in California. There are no less than four dog beaches here, so you can feel free to unleash your pooch and let them run and play to their heart’s content.

Lady Momma by Wonderlane, CC-BY-2.0
New Zealand

While there is a quarantine period for dogs entering the country, if you’re going to travel to the other side of the world why wouldn’t you want to take your pet with you for the adventure of a lifetime? There are dog friendly cities throughout New Zealand on both the North and South Island, so you can easily travel through the country with your dog by your side. While dogs aren’t allowed in National Parks you can bring them into many of the country’s beautiful Forest Parks as long as you keep them on a leash. And of course, as you’d expect from an island nation, there are miles and miles of beautiful coastline to explore.

Sunrise + Dog by studio tdes, CC-BY-2.0
Pack your Pet Passport

Remember that if you’re planning on going away with your dog it’ll need a passport just like you. This will involve having your dog microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and treated for tapeworm – just ask your vet for more details and then start preparing for a proper dog’s holiday.

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Author's Note:

This article was written on behalf of helpucover, a trading style of Cardif Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company that offers a range of cover including Income Protection, Pet Insurance, car GAP insurance and Gadget Insurance.

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  1. We haven't travelled much but we did take Pip over to France and it was easy. You are right they are very pet friendly over there and we had a great time.
    Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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