The DogPeople Blog
  1. Dog Ownership

    Dog Ownership article kindly provided by Tom from Clippers Ireland.

    From looking at photos on social media of dog owners snuggled up with their precious pooches, you could be forgiven for thinking that having a dog as a companion is round-the-clock fun and games. While there will be plenty of such adorable moments, the Instagram feeds and Snapchat stories don’t capture the less loveable aspects of taking responsibility for dogs, like making sure they are fed and that they behave properly.

    Clippers Ireland kindly provided us with an infographic* which looks at the most important aspects of owning a dog, such as how much you’d need to budget to preserve the canine’s welfare, which breeds are most suitable for certain types of people and how much you should exercise your dog. *the infographic can be viewed in full here

    It would not be unreasonable to suggest that, if you have a dog in your home, you would need to set aside approximately £600 a year to care for it – this, of course, will vary from one breed to the next, but it is a fairly realistic ballpark figure. On food alone, you’re likely to spend at least £20 a month, possibly much more for larger dogs. Grooming could cost as little as £25 a year or as much as £250. Veterinary care could be anything between £90 and £300 and you must have a licence for your dog, which comes to £12.50 annually. In some countries, you’ll also be required by law to have your dog microchipped.

    Before determining an exact budget, think about who the dog is for and what its primary purpose will be. Playful pets like golden retrievers are perfect for families with small children, while elderly citizens would most likely appreciate the companionship of a poodle or Yorkshire terrier. If you plan on exercising with your dog regularly, it’s best to get a Labrador retriever or English setter. If you’re looking for a dog to add a touch of security to your home, boxers and Rottweilers are ideal (but not if you have children in your home, as these dog breeds can be aggressive).

    We hope that you enjoy plenty of playful moments and cuddles with your dog, as these are important too! Just don’t neglect the less glamorous aspects of living with a four-legged friend!

    Dogs ownership in the UK and Ireland

    Finding out about dog ownership by Clippers Ireland

     

  2. Murphy meets Schnauzer-fest

    Murphy’s walk along Whitstable’s Saxon Shore Way and beach on Sunday led him to meet a huddle of Schnauzers and their owners. The group were gathering before setting off on a mass dog walk in aid of a Schnauzer charity. Murphy was delighted to meet them; there was much tail wagging.

    dog walkers on beach at Whitstable

    Schnauzer-fest dog walkers gathering on beach

    We stopped off at The West Beach Café on the way home for a cream tea, a cream cappuccino and a coffee and toasted tea cake. Thoroughly enjoyable sitting in the Sun whilst Murphy had a rest! We had a good walk and hope the Schnauzers had an enjoyable dog friendly day out too (they could find other dog friendly pubs and places to eat locally if they consulted a well known website!).

    West Beach Tearoom Whitstable

    West Beach Tearoom – dogs welcome on leads

    Murphy is definitely slowing. He is still on antibiotics as his bowels return to diarrhoea soon after a course finishes. He’s getting older too but, sadly, his reduced energy might be more to do with his still undiagnosed health issues. He’s still on a restricted diet – now gastro-intestinal – so this might be making him a bit miserable too. Options for Murphy’s bowel issues are narrowing, if a ‘cure’ isn’t possible the focus will soon shift to quality of life. For the time being he is enjoying his walks but runs out of steam sooner, especially on warm days. He’s lying around more at home. He is certain to enjoy a wider range of food and a return to biscuit treats … if the special diet isn’t helping him (and it doesn’t appear to be yet).

    dogs on the beach at Whitstable

    Murphy with the Schnauzers

  3. Dog friendly hotels

    Autumn has arrived and it’s a great time of year to plan a dog friendly holiday or short break with your dog. Our dog friendly hotels directory offers something for most budgets with pet friendly hotels in towns and countryside locations. There are pet friendly hotels on offer in England, Scotland or Wales.  Some of the hotels offer extra facilities for your dog such as dog beds, towels, feeding bowls or treats. It is also helpful to take your dogs own blanket and favourite toy to help settle them in for a good nights sleep. If you are looking for some ideas of where to go then I’ve picked out a few hotels below.

    Dog friendly Hotel in Scotland

    Coul House Hotel

    At the Coul House Hotel in Northern Scotland dogs are welcome in all of the bedrooms and public areas with the exception of the restaurant.  Arrangements can be made to accommodate pets in private areas to dine. We can vouch for this as we visited Coul House Hotel back in 2006 for an evening meal  with our then Airedale Terrier ‘Hamish’. The hotel set us up a dog friendly table and served fantastic food and we went back for another meal a few days later! The hotel has large grounds and there is plenty of highland countryside on the doorstep for dog friendly walks (see walks in the Northern Scotland section).

    Tread in the footsteps of a famous dog at the Huddersfield Central Lodge in Yorkshire. This family run hotel welcomed the Crufts Best in Show 2016 Winner ‘Devon’, a West Highland White Terrier to stay at the hotel with her owner Miss Marie Burns. The hotel welcomes dogs in most areas including the conservatory where owners can take breakfast with their dogs. The award winning full English breakfast is prepared using locally sourced Yorkshire products.

    Dog friendly hotels Yorkshire

    Devon and her mistress signing in at Huddersfield Central Lodge Hotel

    Cotswolds Inns Hotels are offering a Autumn Colours package to enjoy a stay with dinner at their two dog friendly Tetbury hotels and tickets to Westonbirt Arbourtum. The Hare and Hounds Hotel welcomes dogs in the Coach House or Cottage, lounges and Jack Hare’s Bar where there is a doggy menu for hungry pooches. Dogs are welcome at The Close Hotel Tetbury in the bar, garden and a selection of beautiful bedrooms. The Autumn Colours package is available to 30th November 2017 and based on 2 guests sharing a double or twin room. See Cotswold Inns own website for full terms and conditions. Dogs are welcome to stay with their owners at both these hotels throughout the year.

    Dog friendly hotel in the Cotswolds

    Bedroom at The Hare & Hounds Hotel

    Craig-Y-Nos Castle in Wales welcomes dogs to stay. They are currently offering mid-week breaks – Stay one night on normal weekday tariff and stay second and each subsequent night for just £50.00 B&B based on two sharing an en-suite room. More details about the offer and castle tours are on their website. It’s a great place for pets to stay with 25 dog friendly en-suite bedroom to choose from, a dog friendly bar and breakfast room. Dogs can explore the 3 acres of castle grounds, there’s a 40 acre country park next door and the castle is on the Beacons Way (Brecon Beacons) so plenty of dog friendly walks are on offer. Dan-Yr-Ogof, The National Showcaves For Wales are a short walk (10 minutes) from Craig-Y-Nos Castle and dogs on leads are allowed in the showcaves and dinosour park but not the Shire Horse Centre, childrens’s play areas or coffee shop.

    Dog friendly hotel in wales

    Craig-Y-Nos Castle for dog friendly breaks in Wales

     

  4. Dog Friendly Pub Awards

    James from DogBuddy got in touch recently to tell us about their Dog Friendly Pub Awards. ‘Essentially, to round up our Dog-Friendly Pub Awards we’ve created a detailed infographic of some of the fascinating statistics we’ve found, encompassing dogs, their owners and pubs!’

    We thought our Dog Blog readers might like to see the mini infographic below. To see the full infographic click here.

    See also Dogpeople’s Dog Friendly Pubs and Places To Eat directory for dog friendly pubs, cafes and places to eat where your dog will be welcome.

     

  5. Take a Dog Friendly Break and Avoid the Firework Frenzy

    Many dogs really suffer in the extensive firework season around bonfire night and on New Year’s Eve – among many other occasions.  Hamish never really overcame his fear but the dawning of the new millennium helped a little as he and the family went to the beach to witness all the celebrations, including a display.  Lottie was pretty upset too when we first took her near a display.  Murphy gets both angry and scared.  When fireworks go on for days in November he often refuses his evening walk.  Milo, an Airedale friend, famously chewed the fridge when home alone when fireworks were let off nearby.  Safe to say fireworks are a problem for lots of dogs.

    The Blue Cross has general advice for dog owners here.  Another way to combat the worst of the November season is to take your best friend away to a quiet spot as respite from all the stress.  DogPeople invited our customers to let us know if they might be able to help with this and here are some suggestions you might consider:

    Orchard House, self catering in Powys.  Diane told us “There are never any fireworks in the immediate vicinity so it’s always a quiet place to stay”.  Although we can’t vouch for this we can confirm this as a very dog friendly holiday cottage.  Hamish stayed in the autumn of 2008 – so just before the onset of bonfire night celebrations. The cottage was a joy and we found local places to eat and plenty of walking options from the door (details of a six mile walking route can be found here).  The Elan Valley is an easy drive away too. Oh, and did we mention this is a “Top Dog” rated advertiser (click on gold rosette in their directory entry for details)?

    dog friendly garden at self catering cottage

    Dog friendly garden at Orchard House

    Cutkive Wood Holiday Lodges, dog friendly holiday lodges in Cornwall.  Another Top Dog advertiser.  Hamish and the directors stopped by to meet Andy and Jackie between holiday destinations back in 2007.  This is what they told us about fireworks at their peaceful country location a short distance from the Cornish coast: “We do not have any fireworks on-site and already have guests who have been coming here for years to escape the firework season”.  If you are looking for tranquil break with your dog Cutkive Wood would be a good choice – and if you mention DogPeople when booking you could save up to 10% off the website price list.

    dog and owner at holiday lodges in Cornwall

    Hamish visits Cutkive’s dog friendly holiday lodges

    Watermill Cottages, dog welcoming holiday cottages in Devon.  These self catering cottages have a “Good Dog” rating (click on silver rosette for more information) are situated around a watermill just inland from Slapton.  A great location for those wanting a peaceful ‘get away from it all’ break with their dog – or those with an interest in military history around the build up to D-Day.  We are told: “We have a timid dog and have a no firework policy. We are quiet and remote so the perfect escape for dogs that need a peaceful break away over Bonfire night”… perfect indeed – a brilliant location with owners who understand timid dogs!

    Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages, self-catering in South Wales.  A choice of four dog friendly farm holiday cottages situated on an historic estate well away from populated areas.  There’s a no fireworks policy on this Top Dog rated working farm.

    Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages welcome dogs

    Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages

    Trecarne House, B&B in Cornwall.  If you want a break from the cooking whilst saving your best friend from the stress of all those flashes and bangs this Top Dog bed and breakfast guest house might be worthy of a closer look.  As well as breakfasts human guests can arrange evening meals – and dogs get their own welcome treat pack too.  Trecarne House tell us “we are completely firework free and distant from other activity”.  If you’d like to visit Cornwall this dog friendly B&B has all you need to ‘chill’ whilst others stress about the fireworks.

    Ellary Estate Cottages, dog friendly self-catering holiday accommodation in Western Scotland. There’s a choice of holiday accommodation at this Top Dog rated estate.  The cottages and chalets are located on the Loch Caolisport side of Ellary Estate and we are told this is a “quiet location with few if any fireworks”.  Contact Caitlin for more information on the location of individual holiday properties.

    View of dog friendly beach walks

    Dog friendly beach walks at Ellary Estate

    Old Rectory Cottages, self catering holiday cottages in Suffolk.  A set of four one bedroom Top Dog rated cottages.  Hamish stayed in one back in 2009 – see our DogPeople Says report in their directory entry.  As far as fireworks go Keith told us “We operate a no firework policy and generally on the days around November 5th, it is quiet in the surrounding area”.

    two holiday cottages where dogs can stay

    Old Coach House and Sam’s Stable

     

    Flowery Dell Luxury Pine Lodges, Yorkshire.  Thirteen of the holiday lodges / log cabins in this country site are dog friendly.  All are equipped to a high standard and a stone’s throw from the woods.  A short drive away from Richmond and The Yorkshire Dales National Park but with no houses really close, and with no fireworks allowed on site, this will be a welcome option to save your dogs distress in the ‘noisy’ season.

    Bach Wen Holiday Cottages, self-catering accommodation in Gwynedd, North Wales.  Hamish had a happy Christmas stay here in 2006.  Since then the cottages have changed hands and have become even more dog friendly with addition of a residents’ bar where your dog will be welcome too.  We know from our own experience the cottages are quite a way from the small town of Clynnog Fawr with nothing but miles of sea (and great sunsets) to the west.  There’s a no fireworks policy for the cottages and whole site.

    aerial view of holiday cottages and dog walking field

    Bach Wen holiday cottages

    For more information on our dog friendly rating system click here.

    For more information about DogPeople Says click here.

    dog on his bed by log burner at holiday cottage

    Hamish happily relaxed at Bach Wen