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One of the most popular search criteria for UK breaks these days is for pet friendly holidays. If you’re considering going dog-friendly, read on for six top tips on how to pet-proof your property…

1. Choose Pet Friendly Furniture

Beagle asleep on cosy sofa

When furnishing your property, keep in mind that pets shed fur and have sharp claws. It’s best to choose materials that are resilient, hard-wearing and easy to clean. Consider washable sofa covers, throws and blankets to protect your cushions, and pick colours that won’t show small marks easily.

2. Hard Flooring vs Carpet

In a pet friendly property, hard flooring is a must! If possible, avoid laying carpets in any areas of your holiday home where pets will be allowed as they can easily get damaged by clawing and chewing. Carpets can also get matted with fur making it extra difficult to clean on changeover days. Hard flooring such as vinyl is much easier to maintain and is less likely to get damaged.

3. Lock Up Your Cupboards

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It goes without saying that any harmful substances (such as cleaning materials) should be locked safely away in a pet friendly property. You might also want to consider lockable kitchen cupboards as a lot of food can be toxic to dogs, including chocolate, onions and alcohol. Some pesky pooches can easily find their way into kitchen stores so it’s better to be safe and lock away any potential hazards.

4. Keep Boredom At Bay

Puppy playing with a soft toy

Overnight when they can’t be supervised, pets can easily get bored. By providing dog toys, treats and chews you will greatly minimise the risk of damage to your furnishings. Plus, it will help our four-legged friends to settle in better and have a more enjoyable holiday if they’ve got some toys to keep them busy!

5. Eliminate Odours

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One of the main reasons that owners can be hesitant to open their doors to pets is the odours that come with them! Ensure you have plenty of plug in air fresheners, ideal to place in each room where pets will be allowed. You can also find pet friendly fabric fresheners and sprays to ensure your property always smells as fresh as a daisy.

6. Secure Your Garden Area

If your property has a garden, make sure it’s safe and secure. Many dog owners will greatly appreciate a space to let their pet run about and let off some steam. Think about putting up fences, secure gates and patching up any holes in the hedge.