Caravans: How drivers can safely look after pets on staycation this summer – expert advice

Caravans: How drivers can safely look after pets on staycation this summer – expert advice

08/25/2021

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A new study from the Caravan and Motorhome Club has found that 17 percent of caravan owners got a new dog during lockdown. Some 15 percent say the furry new addition to their family has influenced their holiday choice of camping or touring.

With these numbers, the Caravan Club have created the “Paws of Approval” rating system which ranks campsites based on their dog friendliness and facilities.

With staycations firmly on the agenda for most Club members this summer, the Club has worked hard to improve its dog-friendly facilities.

All campsites welcome dogs for no extra cost and many have a dog walk on-site or very nearby, making them a great place to stay owners and dogs alike.

So far, over 93 percent of members have already rated sites ‘excellent’, ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

The accessibility of dog walks, dog-friendly people, cleanliness and the availability of a dog wash all rate highly amongst dog owners.

Harvey Alexander, director of marketing at the Caravan and Motorhome Club, praised the move to make campsites more dog friendly.

He said: “We have noticed a definite uplift in members looking for dog-friendly campsites.

“This coupled with the current staycation boom means that our campsites are more popular than ever with dog owners. 

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“We do however recognise that not everyone is a dog lover and all our sites have guidelines to ensure that dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike can holiday in harmony together.”

When asked why they holiday with their dogs, owners cite reasons such as dogs being a member of the family, the expense of kennels and the fact that the dogs get them out and about more.

Some respondents also wanted to take the dogs along as to not worry about leaving the beloved pooch at home.

However, it’s not just dogs that members travel with, one respondent said they regularly took their cat and another takes the family pet parrot.

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