The UK is a nation of dog lovers, so surely these treasured members of our families deserve a nice holiday, too? PetsPyjamas is a great site to search for a dog-friendly trip. Locations are mostly within the British Isles, but the site’s shop also has a number of travel accessories, such as a doggy seatbelt and foldaway carry box.
Once you’ve found your getaway, let WalkJogRun help you find good places to exercise. The site has more than two million running and walking routes — filter them to include those that are dog friendly. There’s also an iPhone app (£4.99) that uses GPS to help you navigate the route. Or, sign up at DogFriendly to find pubs, beaches and days out in the UK where you won’t get hounded for bringing a pooch.
If losing your four-legged friend in a strange location is a concern, how about fitting a GPS tracker to its collar. Tractive (tractive-gps-shop.com) has a range of products that offer live location tracking on a smartphone app. You can also set a ‘safe zone’ to receive an alert if your pet is a serial escape artist who likes to roam the countryside alone.
If you decide not to take your dog with you, DoggyBuddy can help you find a local sitter. Your dog’s stay will be covered by public liability insurance, plus it’ll have access to 24/7 emergency veterinary care. They’ll even send you regular photos of your pampered pooch to ease the guilt of leaving it behind.
Get the gadget: Leuchtie LED dog collar
Is your pooch partial to late night walkies? This funky, high-tech LED collar could be just the gadget — illuminating the path and keeping your pooch visible. Available in a number of colours and sizes to suit any breed, the collar is 100% waterproof and has a sensor that automatically switches on the high-visibility lighting when you slip it over your dog’s head. As you’d expect, slipping it off again deactivates the lights to make the most of the battery life. At the upper end of the range, the collars take rechargeable batteries, while the Easy Charge model enables you to plug in a USB charger to top up the power.
Kate Russell is a technology reporter for @BBCClick and author of Working the Cloud
Published in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)