The North East named most popular UK destination for dog-friendly staycations

The North East has been named the UK’s most popular destination for dog-friendly holidays.

With hotels reopening earlier this week, there has been a 420% rise in online searches for ‘dog friendly holidays’, according to pet care brand Bob Martin.

And data shows people are planning on heading to the North East, followed by the Lake District, Cornwall and the Cotswolds.

Bob Martin said the uncertainty surrounding international travel and a rise in new dog owners, with one quarter of people in the UK purchasing a puppy in lockdown, holidaymakers will be making the most of the summer in the UK with their pets.

Google Trend data shows a 1,183% increase in the search term ‘staycation’ from April 2020 compared to April 2021.

And the search term ‘holidays in the UK 2021’ has increased by 650% in the past 12 months, while the search for ‘package holidays’ decreased by 52%.

According to further research, 50% of people in the UK will be looking to holiday closer to home for the second summer running.

Pet-care brand Bob Martin report a 420% rise in online searches for 'dog friendly holidays'
Pet-care brand Bob Martin report a 420% rise in online searches for ‘dog friendly holidays’
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As people plan to explore the great British countryside and flock to the nearest beach, Bob Martin has shared the top 10 pet hotspots for holidaymakers and their pets:

1. North East

2. Peak District

3. Cotswolds

4. Cornwall

5. Lake District

6. Kent

7. New Forest

8. Isle of Wight

9. Sussex

10. Norfolk


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Julie Butcher, head of marketing at Bob Martin, said: “A lot of us might want to flee the UK for holidays when lockdown ends.

“But with the rise in pet ownership, particularly among millennials, this might prove tricky for those of us who bought a pandemic pet over lockdown. Millennials perhaps wouldn’t have usually considered a staycation.

“But, as evidence shows, the majority of the UK will be flocking to nearby beaches and the countryside, such as the North East, in large numbers this year, more so than ever before.”

She added: “These beaches and countryside areas are also hotspots for parasites.

“It’s important that dog owners know how to make the most out of their UK getaway with their four-legged friends, and issues such as flea, tick, and worm prevention should be high on the agenda; especially if visiting warm, humid areas or woodland this summer, where said parasites reside.”

Bob Martin has also complied advice on ensuring pets are protected against fleas, ticks and worms whilst on their travels.

The company, which was founded in 1892, warns that fleas and ticks love warm, humid and shady areas and tend to live in woods, areas where there’s lots of wildlife, and long grass.

They also explain that fleas and ticks are more active in the summer months and it’s imperative to plan flea and tick protection for your summer staycation ahead of travel.

For more information on Bob Martin as well as tips and advice on managing fleas, ticks and worms, please visit their website, here.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland