How to be a dog friendly cottageHow to holiday let
With expensive kennels costs and pet parents’ guilt, more and more dog owners are opting for dog-friendly holidays with their loyal companions instead of leaving them at home. As the saying goes, dogs are not our whole life but they make our lives whole, so what better way to say thank you than making them feel welcome too? Providing a welcome bundle or tray for your guests’ dog can really make your cottage stand out from the crowd and create the perfect holiday experience for everyone.
Here are our top 15 tips on what to include and how to make your holiday cottage extra dog friendly.
Towels: Every dog loves a good explore whatever the weather, so prepare for their return with a couple of old towels at the ready.
Vets contact details: Accidents do happen, so supplying the details of your local vet can be absolutely vital in that crucial moment of need.
Blankies: To protect your beautiful property, at Classic Cottages we ask that dogs are kept off furniture and from upstairs. Instead, offering blankets will add that much-needed extra bit of warmth and comfort and make those out-of-bounds areas much less tempting.
Biscuits: Leaving biscuits in a welcome tray for owners to use as treats is a sure-fire way of winning everyone over. Biscuits can be purchased from local pet stores everywhere and are very reasonably priced.
Pooh bags: It’s not pretty, but nature will call. Help guests tidy up by giving them some pooh bags in amongst the welcome goodies.
A water bowl: Every responsible pet owner will travel with a water bowl. That said, it’s nice to prepare for every eventuality and make sure your pup is fully catered for.
Dog friendly activities: Are there any dog-friendly activities or attractions nearby? Leave an information pack and let your guests know what’s on so they don’t miss out.
A dog bed: Everyone likes to feel comfy, so why not leave a little basket or padded bed for your four-legged guests? Having a lovely bed to come home to after a long day of walking is what every pooch deserves.
Local walks: Speaking of walks, draw up routes and lend advice on local walks, so when the ‘W’ word is dared uttered, your guests will be totally prepared for the ensuing excitement.
An outdoor shower: Okay, so a full-on shower might be expecting a bit much, but outside access to warm water and a hose will be gratefully received in case a certain someone gets four muddy paws.
Dog sitting services: Some of our owners go all out and offer a dog sitting service, meaning their guests can go out for a nice evening meal and you get to temporarily adopt a cute ball of fluff. If that doesn’t sound appealing though, you can always leave contact numbers for trusted local businesses.
Dog walking services: Similarly, you could provide information on or offer dog walking services. Going that extra mile will reflect in reviews and repeat bookings.
Baby gates: A great way to make sure no one wanders out of bounds.
Recipes: We are undoubtedly a nation of food-lovers, but that doesn’t mean we should have all the fun. Why not find some recipes for doggy biscuits or treats for your guests to recreate on a rainy day? See our recipe at the bottom of this page for ideas!
Local dog friendly pubs and restaurants: Including information on where guests can go to tickle their taste buds and bring along their faithful hound is a great way to earn brownie points all round.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, listen to Property Manager, Suzanne, impart advice on how to prepare the perfect doggy welcome hamper at our Classic Cottages Style Seminar at Nancarrow Farm, Truro. (Skip to 3:00 if you want to get straight to the dog bits).
DIY dog biscuits recipe
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat organic flour (substitute as necessary for special dietary requirements)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp beef or chicken granules
- 1/2 cup hot water (or stock)
- Add some tasty extras like liver powder, oats, cheese, dried parsley or bacon bits, avoiding artificial preservatives.
- Preheat oven to approx. 350 °F/180 °C
- Dissolve granules in hot water
- Add your chosen ingredients
- Knead dough for about 3 minutes and roll out 1/3 to 1/2 an inch thick
- Cut dough into the shape of your choice
- Place shapes on baking sheet
- Re-roll scraps and cut out remaining biscuits
- Place in oven and cook for 25 minutes
- Leave to cool