If it’s a very busy area then I also like to use the double ended lead. I attach one clip to her collar and the other end to the back of her harness. This allows me to keep her close and the safety of 2 separate attachments.
Her muzzles are great as when she has this on, my stress levels decrease too. This gives me the freedom to go into pubs and cafes and not have to worry that she will snap at someone. Well she will snap if they try to touch her but I have the reassurance she can’t make contact. This protects Bella.
I pack a couple of harnesses just in case one gets muddy or lost, depending how long we are away for.
Even if we are going away for a summer holiday we take a raincoat, jumper, doggie dressing gown and microfibre towels. Perfect for beach days, or rainy days.
Travelling water bowls are ideal both for car journeys and for long walks, helping to keep your dog hydrated while they explore their exciting new surroundings. As they are collapsible, they are easy to store and use on the go.
Dogs often like familiarity, routine and being near their pup parents, so put together an area full of familiar items for your canine companion. I take one of Bella’s beds and maybe a couple of her toys from home.
As you know, owners who haven't experienced a reactive or anxious dog aren't always completely clear on what to do when they see one. In our Yellow Space Awareness collection of campaign materials, you can easily help raise awareness even on holiday. One idea is simply pop the car sticker on your windscreen and you'll be surprised at how many people will read it! Next up are poo bins, if I use a poo bin I pop a poo bin sticker on it. Our poster’s I will ask in the local dog friendly pubs and coffee stops we visit if they could display them. With a little effort we can get the word out and remove the guesswork, so that everybody can enjoy their walks.
All dogs love quality walks. So whether you're camping or staying in a dog friendly holiday let, research the area beforehand and find lots of wonderful trails. Both you and your waggy-tailed companion will adore your time away and make those special memories.