Many dog owners are now opting to take their dog on holiday with them instead of leaving it behind in a boarding facility. There are a number of hotels, motels, lodges, holiday rental homes, and villas available these days that will accept dogs; so this helps to makes the process of choosing a suitable holiday much easier. The following tips will hopefully help you to make the right decisions for you and your dog...

1. Before choosing a suitable accommodation to stay in with your dog you must first check whether the area is going to be suitable. If the accommodation is in the middle of a town, or near a park that doesn't allow dogs, for example, it may not be the best place to spend a holiday with your companion.

2. If your dog dislikes being in the car for too long try to choose somewhere that is not too far away for your first trip.

3. Think about the time of year — it may not be much fun for your dog to spend its first holiday in a cold, wet, and damp place, where no one really fancies a walk on the beach.

4. Before travelling it may be wise to take your dog to the vets for a general check-up. It is also a good idea to make sure that your pet's vaccinations and flea and worming treatments are up to date. If your dog is prone to travel sickness, you could also use this opportunity to discuss the best options with your vet.

5. If you are considering overseas travel, then you will need to look into travel documentation and any quarantine and/or airline regulations. You must make sure that all the necessary arrangements are made in plenty of time before your trip, and ensure that you have the contact details of a vet/vets in the area you are going to in case of an emergency.

6. Make sure your dog has an identity tag and include the details of your holiday accommodation. It may also be a good idea to have your pet micro chipped, if you have not already done so.

7. Make sure you pack your dog's essential items, such as, a brush/comb, feeding bowls, collar, leash, dog food, treats, bottle of water, pet first aid kit, bedding a favourite toy, etc.

8. If you are travelling in the car, you should invest in a doggy seat belt, suitable pet carrier, or crate, to ensure the utmost safety of your dog at all times.

9. Before taking your dog on a journey, it is a good idea to take it on a long walk to tire it out and give it chance to go to the toilet.