BE DOG FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN
Be Dog Friendly is a campaign run by the Kennel Club which aims to encourage non-pet businesses and public places across the UK to adopt a dog friendly attitude for the benefit of the nation's 8m dogs and their owners.
Dogs are often regarded as man's best friend but do not always get treated as such, with dog owners finding it difficult at times to cater for their needs especially when out and about.
Be Dog Friendly will recognise and reward those businesses and places that go the extra mile for dogs and their owners.
BE DOG FRIENDLY AWARDS
Winners of the Be Dog Friendly Awards in each of the ten categories are chosen by public vote.
BENEFITS OF BEING DOG FRIENDLY
Whether you are a pub, hotel, restaurant or high street store who could benefit from the improved atmosphere that dogs foster or a firm whose employees could benefit from the reduced stress that dogs help to create - you are encouraged to get on board!
In Kennel Club research, four out of five businesses said that trade increased as a result of welcoming dog owners and their dogs.
A recent US study found that half of all businesses surveyed noticed a decrease in absenteeism after dog's were introduced, 56% said that dogs had helped improve work relations, and 67% said that having a dog at work had improved staff morale.
If you are not currently running a dog friendly policy, but would like to give it a try, why not join the Kennel Club's Be Dog Friendly Week. It is the perfect opportunity for businesses owners and managers to discover the many benefits of being dog friendly.
Read more: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/bedogfriendly
Practical tips to ensure your dog is always welcome:
- Introduce your dog gradually to new locations and gently encourage them to make friends
- Carefully train them to sit, stay and come on demand in public places
- Teach them not to bark, jump up or be too boisterous when meeting strangers
- Be extra vigilant with house-training and hygiene
- Never leave your dog unattended or unsupervised in public places or businesses as this could cause unnecessary stress for you and your dog
- It is a good idea to take a pet carrier with you as your dog's den and a place of safety
Read more: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/petiquette
KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE
Taking your dog out for the day, or on holiday is one of the highlights of the summer. However dogs are at risk when they are in unfamiliar locations and it is important to take precautions to keep them safe. Petlog, the UK's largest database of microchipped pets recommends:
- Your dog is microchipped
- Your contact details are up to date before you travel
- Take extra care when your dog is off the lead
- If you are a Petlog customer, download the my dog app to send alerts if your dog goes astray
For more information and advice go to www.petlog.org.uk
FIND DOG FRIENDLY PLACES AND BUSINESSES
Over the last ten years Dog Friendly has built a database of more than 32,000 locations across 19 categories where dogs are welcome too.
As part of the Be Dog Friendly campaign we are aiming to increase that number to 50,000 approved entries and invite you to recommend your favourites either on this site, or at www.dogfriendly.co.uk
Dog Friendly also publishes a magazine with reader reviews of top dog friendly locations, an iPhone and Android app for when you are out and about and want to find a good location nearby, and a website with special offers and discounts for dog lovers.
SIGN UP FOR THE DOG FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
The Kennel Club has partnered with Dog Friendly to connect dog owners with dog friendly places and businesses.
If you are a dog friendly business but are not on the Dog Friendly directory click here to request your free listing.
Listed businesses will appear in the Dog Friendly directory, published online at www.dogfriendly.co.uk and on the Dog Friendly iPhone and Android apps.