From long days spent playing on the beach or lounging by the pool to lazy evening enjoying a glass of wine watching the sunset - there are a million reasons why we love summer holidays.

But one thing that's not so great about jetting off to sunnier climes for a summer break is that it often means that we have to say goodbye to Fido for a week or two.

However, if you are dreading dropping your pooch off at boarding kennels or a friends when you go away this year, why not adapt your holiday plans so your four-legged friend can come along too?

Holidaying with your pup has become increasingly popular in recent years and - if you make the right preparations - it can be a great experience for both dog and owner.

The first thing you need to think about when planning a pet-friendly holiday is where you plan to stay. Writing for the Dog Daily, Cricky Long, author of The Complete Dog Organizer, advises carefully checking the pet policies at your lodging before making any bookings.

"Many hotels have weight limits; some have breed restrictions and most require advance reservations," she says. "Most hotels post pet policies on their web site, but it's a good idea to review the rules when you make your reservation so there are no surprises later."

As happy as your pup will be that they're being included in your holiday plans, in order to keep them comfortable and safe, it's a good idea to take a few of your pooch's home comforts away with you, such as their own bedding and dry dog food.

Ms Long points out: "While you may be ready to sample the local cuisine, your dog is used to eating the same food every day and will be dealing with enough excitement without a sudden change in diet."

Written by: Hannah