Posted 9th July
With spending on dogs having reached an all-time high, it's not surprising that many of us want to take our four-legged friends on holiday with us
One of the best places to take them? Cornwall! If you're not sure why, The Beach House Company fills us in on exactly why it could be the ideal location for you and your canine companion this summer
Before you go
There are a number of dog-friendly properties in Cornwall, but make sure you've checked pets are allowed when you're booking - it prevents any nasty surprises. If there's room in the boot, you can install a cage or rigid dog guard, which, if your dog cannot go in the boot, will mean they need to travel on the back seat, restrained by a harness that clips onto one of the rear seat belts.
The best time to start off your journey will be early in the morning or during the evening, as this means you will travel during the cooler parts of the day. Stopping for regular breaks allows your dog to stretch its legs and provides the opportunity to go to the toilet. You'll also want to remember to keep your canine hydrated by stopping for water breaks during the journey.
Packing for the pooch
Make sure you remember to bring your dog's holiday essentials with you too, as well as your own. This goes from the basics like leads, toys, waste bags and a water and food bowl to things like canine sun-cream. It can be worth researching the local emergency vet's number too, just in case.
Life's a beach
Many Cornwall's beaches are dog-friendly - however, you need to make sure there are no seasonal restrictions in place, particularly during the peak holiday times. Be sure to take biodegradable waste bags, as a combination of heat and drinking seawater could see your dog going to the toilet more frequently than usual.
Keep fresh water with you and restrict your dog drinking sea water - you'll also want to watch out for hidden dangers including sharp shells, fishing hooks and jellyfish that your dog could either eat or injure itself on.
Ward off hunger
When you're looking for somewhere to eat and drink in Cornwall, you're basically spoilt for choice. Whether it's fresh-from-the-harbour seafood, treating yourself to an indulgent Cornish Cream Tea, or one of the infamous Cornish pasties, there's set to be something for everyone, including our canine companion, to enjoy.
The location of these restaurants is just as important as the food - St Ives, the jewel of Cornwall's crown, is full of cafes and restaurants which welcome dogs.
Further to the north, there are dog-friendly ice cream options in Perranporth and Padstow - if you feel like finding the perfect spot to unwind after an afternoon walk along the Cornish coast, you can visit Wet Dog Pizza in Newquay - here, you can find pizza, beer and wine for you and your four-legged friend.
When beaches become hot and crowded, you can always walk the 'A twirl of the Cape', which passes through the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, as well as providing great views towards The Brisons and the Longships Lighthouse. Beyond the Cape, you can see Priests Cove, where a natural swimming pool at low tide offers you a safe location for wave-shy dogs.
Alternatively, you could always take a trip to the Isles of Scilly and take in the Tresco Abbey Gardens. Home to 20,000 exotic plants from 80 countries and the Golitha Falls, there are also a series of stunning cascades and waterfalls along the River Fowey.