Posted 12th September by Peter Byrne
Staycations are on the rise, not just in the summer season, but also in the autumn and winter months
Searches and bookings for UK-based holidays have increased by nearly a quarter in 2017 in comparison to the year before, Sojern, a travel market company found.
However, this is unexpectedly proving to be good news for your dogs. People who are holidaying in their own country are significantly more likely to take their own pet with them, something that John Burns, owner of Burns Pet Nutrition, welcomes.
Here, John highlights four reasons why the rise of the staycation is so beneficial for both dogs and their owners.
Reducing dog obesity
More than 3.8 million dogs in the UK are classed as obese or overweight, and vets are increasingly concerned that this statistic will rise. Results from a study conducted by the British Veterinary Association shows over 60 per cent of vets consider this to be the biggest health and welfare concern for UK pets.
Taking a pet on holiday with you will provide a boost to the standard daily exercise they are used to - in addition, it allows dogs to benefit mentally from experiencing and walking in a new environment. With staycations now on the rise for the autumn / winter season, dogs are getting additional exercise which they would otherwise have been limited to, due to weather conditions at home.
Aside from choosing the correct nutritional food, exercise is vital in ensuring your dog remains at a healthy weight.
Improving the human-animal bond
The human-animal bond is something which will often be taken for granted - however, it should not be over-looked or underestimated. Ensuring the human-animal bond is strong will be mutually beneficial for both humans and their pets. Not only will it help your dog to lose weight and become healthier, but it also acts as a great bonding exercise.
When you initially go walking somewhere new, there will be a load of exciting new smells and surroundings for you to explore, providing excellent mental stimulation and exercise for pet and owner - win, win!
While the exact statistics are hard to come by, there has been a steady rise in recent years in the number of hotels, while other forms of businesses willing to accommodate pets. According to research from The Kennel Club, many businesses are already seeing the economic benefit - some 97 per cent of dog-friendly pub believe welcoming dogs has greatly improved business.
The trend makes life much easier for pet owners wanting to share a break with their canine friends.
Appreciate the UK
The UK is home to some of the most idyllic views in the world - why travel far and wide when you can take in extraordinary experiences on your doorstep?
There are numerous dog-friendly beaches at locations such as Cornwall, Wales, Devon and the Lake District, meaning holidaying in the UK with your pet is the great chance to exercise them, and to take in the breath-taking views yourself.