With the school holidays fast-approaching many people will be thinking about packing up their bags and treating the family to a short break away this holiday season.
However, for those of us who have a pet dog at home, holidays bring with them the added worry of what to do with Fido.
Because not only do dog owners have to worry about the added expense of having to pay for boarding kennels for their pooch, but there's also the issue of how their four-legged friend will fare away from the family they know and love.
But now Welcome Cottages have come up with a solution to this problem - simply take your pooch on holiday with you.
Research by the holiday cottage company has found that with an average kennel cost of almost £14 a night, dog owners spending 33 days away from home every year on breaks can easily find themselves racking up bills of more than £450 over the course of a year.
"Going on holiday with your dog means you don't have the expense of kennels, but it also means you don’t have the nagging worry of how they are doing without you," says Emma Horner from Welcome Cottages.
"In addition, having your dog with you often means you get out and about more, which is hugely beneficial from a health perspective and can help you unwind from the stresses and strains of everyday life."
However, if you do decide to take you pooch on holiday with you this year, there are a few considerations worth bearing in mind to ensure the experience is a good one for all involved.
Make sure you take some of your pup's home comforts along with you such as their bedding and enough of their normal dry dog food to last them the duration of the holiday.
And it is also important to make sure that they travel safely, either with a dog harness or special seat, if you're travelling by road.
Written by: Hannah