Protecting the environment and your pet while on holiday

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Rural life can be as relaxed or as exciting as you want it to be for both you and your pets. Original Cottages offer a hand-picked selection of countryside cottages and are proud to be your guide in discovering these enchanting spaces while remaining safe and respecting the local environment.

Boasting a wealth of rolling hills, wild hedgerows and charming coastal boltholes, the UK’s unspoilt countryside is a walker’s paradise for those embarking on casual family outings, hiking enthusiasts and their pets. Naturally, one of the most popular ways to enjoy the countryside is by heading out for a brisk walk with the family dog and taking in miles upon miles of breath-taking scenery.

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Enjoying the UK’s countryside can be a thoroughly rewarding experience, however it is important to keep the safety of your pet and the preservation of the environment in mind while out walking. With this in mind, there are a few simple steps that you can take to ensure that you can explore everything our rich countryside and parks have to offer, while protecting them for future generations. 

For example, while we’re sure that your dog is an exemplary example of good behaviour, it is sometimes important to ensure that pets remain effectively controlled and, on a lead, when required. This can be near cliff edges, around livestock, or whenever signposts suggest it. You should also be aware of cyclists and horse riders, especially as horses may easily become intimidated if dogs approach unexpectedly, regardless of how friendly they are.

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It is also important to consider the needs of your dog when vesting the countryside. You should always carry suitable bags/containers for dealing with waste when your dog needs to go to the toilet. Waste bags should always be disposed of correctly and not left on the ground, even for short amounts of time. You should also consider carrying a few treats to reward your dog for good behaviour and if possible a bottle of water and a bowl, so that you can keep your pet hydrated. Of course, if you stop at a local pub for a drink you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for a bowl of water for your dog if they aren’t already available.

After an active day of exploring the local environment you’ll naturally be looking forward to a comfortable place to rest your head. When holidaying within one of the UK’s National Parks, or countryside, self-catering holiday cottages present the perfect base for a pet-friendly accommodation that provides all of the comforts of home. Original Cottages offers more than 5,000 holiday cottages across the UK, many of which are pet friendly and nestled in stunning rural locations. Our locally-based are experts in helping you find your perfect holiday retreat, so you can rest assured that you’ll find the right cottage for you and your family.

Contact us at: hello@originalcottages.co.uk


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