Many People Planning Holidays and Other Activities with their Dogs
It has already been reported on that British pet owners are taking their animal friends into account when they book a holiday, with Tesco Pet Insurance highlighting figures that 1 in 4 dog owners are staying the UK so they can take their canine companion for the ride.
However, according to research revealed by the RAC, not enough consideration is going into the safety of pets when they are inside the car.
The Tesco report highlighted the growing ease with which pet owners can take their pets to foreign destinations, with a pet passport possible for travelling within the European Union, however many people are still choosing to drive to their holiday destination with their dog in the car.
44% of those surveyed by the RAC said that they would stay in the UK for their holidays. This was in a study of 2,000 British pet owners carried out by 7-point in August 2009, which also revealed the reasons behind this trend.
The obvious reason that might come to mind when considering people’s reasons for staying the UK is the cost of paying for a kennel. However, only 1 in 7 people cited this as their reason, with 35% of dog owners considering their canine friend as a good travel companion for their holiday. In some cases, people prefer the company of their pet to the company of their loved ones, such as partners and extended family. But people should factor the journey to their destination into account.
“There is no legal requirement for owners to secure their pets when travelling,” Phil Ryan, of RAC patrols, points out, “however this should be considered given that, at 30mph for example, an unrestrained 50lb border collie would be thrown forward with a force equivalent to almost nine 12 stone men [According to RoSPA, ‘Carrying Pets Safely' 2006] and also considering the high regard that owners give their dogs – no longer ‘pets’ but ‘partners’”.
The results also highlighted how pet owners would choose their place of accommodation based on their pets, choosing pet-friendly hotels and as little as 1 in 5 opting for camping trips or similar outdoor activities.
Source: Aviva Press Release Aug 2009