How To Have The Ultimate Dog Friendly Property

October 23rd 2012

We all love our dogs and taking them on holiday but we’ll all also admit that sometimes (especially with the great British weather) our dogs can create a whole lot of mess as well as some chaos. As a property owner there are number of things that you can do to make your property particularly dog friendly both for your benefit and the holiday maker.

We’ve comprised a top 10 list of the things you can do to make your property the ultimate dog friendly property.

1. Fully enclose any gardens to avoid curious dogs exploring a little too far.

2. Where possible have wood or slate floors. Rugs placed on these are much more forgiving than pristine white carpets.

3. If you are concerned about any light coloured furniture protect it whilst cosying up the room with washable throws.

4. If you are furnishing your property for the first time or updating it consider having leather sofas or treating new furniture so that any marks can be easily removed.

5. Be clear about your expectations to the holiday maker. For example dogs are only allowed on the ground floor etc.

6. Provide equipment or room to keep muddy dogs contained.  A utility room is excellent for drying off soggy dogs but if the property doesn’t have this a stair gate across a kitchen can make things a lot easier for holidaymakers and yourself.

7. Look at your property from a dogs point or view.  Simple things like removing breakables at tail wagging height can save holidaymakers a lot of embarrassment and apologies.

8. Leave information on dog friendly attractions and eateries at the property for the holidaymaker to browse.

9. Leave details of local walks for the holidaymaker.

10. Leave cleaning equipment readily accessible at the property.

By Lucy Purves