Traveling to the UK with Your Dog

Those who own pets already know that there are things other travelers never have to worry about when it comes to some of the basic traveling needs.

The main thing about travel is the freedom of mobility and movement. Now that you have time, you are free to roam or explore. But bringing your dog with you may certainly frustrate some of your wishes, if not immobilize you entirely.

With a few tips and tricks, you can prevent these small frustrations, and even have yourself experience something you otherwise wouldn’t have.

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Pre-requirements

The UK has been known for its strict regulations when it comes to traveling with a dog. It was required that the dog be quarantined for a long period of time, which made traveling nearly impossible. The laws regarding this changed since; however, there still remain some things you should be aware of.

Your dog should have a microchip with an identification number. It should also be prior to vaccination, which has to be given 21 days before your travel date. You’ll need a pet passport; the vet should be able to provide you with one. Don’t forget the tapeworm treatment as well as the blood test and tick treatment if you are not coming from a country in the EU. Also, keep in mind that there are banned breeds; make sure it’s not one of yours.

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Parks

Before you decide where you want to go, look for dog-friendly parks. You’re probably familiar with Fido and other apps for dogs, which can help you tremendously find accessible locations.

But if you truly want to see something different, here are some of the National parks you can check out with your dog. Yes, the UK has some amazing botanical gardens and National parks, not all of which are accessible for pets.

Still, to name a few, you can enjoy the Lake District, Northumberland, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast, North York Moore, Peak District, and Dartmoor national parks. If you really want to visit great Botanical Gardens, you can find out more about dog friendly retreats nearby. The Cornish Trebah Garden is surely one of the lushest and most lavishing garden attractions in the UK, and luckily, dog-friendly.

Restaurants

The UK is known for its celebrity chefs, and even though the myth of England’s infamous dishes still persists, that is far from the truth. And besides, you’d want to treat yourself with fancy restaurant food and not eat on the street corner for the rest of your stay.

So here are some of the noteworthy dog-friendly restaurants in the UK you might want to check out if you happen to come across.

Gaucho:
This is an upmarket Argentinian steak restaurant. With its newly launched Muttropolitan, the menu for dog pets, it will be a pleasure for both you and your friend. And on first Sunday afternoon each month, you can treat your dog with “Doggy Sundays” treats, entertainment, and surprises to take home. Just book a table under their name.

Colbert:
This is a high-end cafe bistro inspired by famous French boulevard cafes, centered in Sloane Square, a midpoint between Chelsea, Knightsbridge, and Belgravia. You can enjoy its trio of rooms with art nouveau, art deco and Victorian features and bring your pup with you.

Maggie Jones’:
For over 40 years, this one’s been the favorite of many locals due to its intimate and friendly atmosphere. The cottage-like, candlelit cozy yet tasteful design will help you relax, and if your pup behaves, he’ll enjoy the hospitality just the same, with a fresh bowl of water upon arrival.

Afternoon Tea at the Milestone Hotel:
The glamorous tea room of the Milestone Hotel is the right choice for those of you who fantasize about having their morning tea or coffee by a fireplace, served with sweet tarts and macaroons, and other finger-licking sweets and sandwiches. Your dog will be just as happy by your side, being given a couple of treats himself.

Public Transport

This is just a practical notion, but still, you wouldn’t want such a banal thing getting in the way of you enjoying your trip. In most cases, dogs are permitted to travel on public transport. But there are some restrictions depending on the place and transport. This you have to check individually.

Here are some general rules and precaution measures to consider:

  • Check the rules before you set off anywhere.
    Make sure your dog is relieved.
    Take them for a walk before setting off.
    Avoid rush hours to stave off additional stress.
    Keep them on a lead at all times.
    Don’t let them take seats, otherwise, you’ll have to pay for them.
    Bring with you some calming products or toys.

Bringing your dog can be stressful at times, but turn this into your advantage. With carefully designed dog apps, meet other local dog owners, find out different ways of enjoying your trip, maybe in the ways undisclosed to other travelers.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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