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Taking your dog on holiday with you is a great idea for so many reasons. Not only do you get to spend time with this important member of the family, but you also don’t have the hassle of booking them into a kennel - just think of those sad eyes when you have to turn around and walk away.

Dogs have lots of energy and are lots of fun, and they are most certainly welcome at Tingdene holiday parks, which can be found in ideal locations close to fantastic beaches, beautiful countryside and miles of riverside walks in the Broads National Park.

To ensure your petcation is a success, here are some tips and advice:

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Do your homework

Finding the right base for your holiday is top of the list. It needs to be somewhere you can all relax at the end of the day’s adventures, so self catering is usually the best option as you’ll have plenty of space and be able to prepare and store food easily.

Tingdene parks have a range of pet-friendly accommodation which can be rented for a minimal extra fee, and offer a real home-from-home during your break.

If you’re considering investing in a holiday home to enjoy with your four-legged friend, then the staff at Tingdene will be only too happy to advise you on the best spots for walks and dog-friendly places to visit. There’s a real dog community at the parks too, so sharing tips with fellow holiday home owners is a great way to find hidden gems – or should that be bones?

Doggy essentials

Taking a dog on holiday is not unlike taking a child. Just like bringing the little one’s favourite teddy and toys to keep them amused, it’s important to bring your dog’s favourite things, from their bed, blankets and chew-toys to treats and food – and don’t forget their food and water bowls. Having the same smells and food will help your dog to feel secure while they’re away from home.

It’s also worth considering any extra bits that would make things easier when you’re out and about, such as a collapsible water bowl to use during those long walks.

It goes without saying that lots of poo bags are essential, as is a good lead – many places welcome dogs on the condition that they are kept under control on a lead and that you clean up after them.

And don’t forget a towel to wash those muddy paws.

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Be prepared

Make sure your dog is up to date with their vaccinations, flea and worm treatments. If they are on any medication, make sure you have enough supplies for while you’re away.

Fingers crossed they won’t, but if your dog becomes unwell while you’re away, it’s handy to know where the nearest vets are located and whether any of them offer an out-of-hours service. Don’t forget the details of your pet insurance too.

All dogs legally have to be fitted with a microchip by the time they’re eight weeks old, or you can be fined up to £500. It’s a good idea to take the details with you, in case Fido decides to sneak off to explore on his own.