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Study reveals dogs love holidays just as much as we do

Dog in field

So many of our holiday homeowners and visitors bring their furry friends along with them, and we love seeing them on our parks. All our locations are pet-friendly, with lots to accommodate them, so we’ve taken it one step further and carried out a study to see exactly how much pooches love going on a staycation with their family.

We got some of our friendly visitors and their pooches to help us out. By using heart rate monitors, we recorded the dogs’ heart rate data in different situations around one of our parks, from a walk on the beach, to snuggling up in the holiday home, to see exactly how excited dogs are to be on holiday.

The data showed that our dogs were most excited on the beach where their heart rates soared by 74%, on a country walk (58% increase) and playing fetch (57% increase). They also loved walking through the park (57% increase) and their heart rates even increased slightly whilst sat by the fire, relaxing with their humans (11%).

We also spoke to a dog behavioural expert, Nick Benger, who said: “For dogs, the opportunity to get away and appreciate new scents and experiences can reduce stress and strengthen their relationship with their owners. It’s also extremely important that puppies (especially lockdown puppies) are exposed to different situations, new people and other dogs – holidaying with your pet is a great way to achieve that. As for older dogs, a change in environment is a great chance to improve their training in a neutral space without the baggage of past learning at home.”

Let’s take a look at some video diaries and hear from the dogs themselves, to see what they got up to! First up is a visit to one of our coastal parks!

Day in the life of a Park Leisure dog in the countryside

Alfie’s holiday diary

Hi everyone, I’m Alfie. I was so excited when we went on holiday to a Park Leisure Holiday Park. Me and my human had such fun, we went for a walk on the beach, played fetch, explored the park and after a long and busy day we snuggled up next to the cosy log fire.

I loved my time on the holiday park, I was most excited on the beach, I just love going to new places and having adventures with my human.

Playing fetch was also super fun, I’m only nine months old so I’m still learning but I’m getting faster and faster at fetching.

I can’t wait for our next trip!

Next up, is a visit to one of our countryside locations!

Day in the life of a Park Leisure dog at the coast

Flynn’s holiday diary

Hello, my name is Flynn!

My human owns one of the holiday homes at one of Park Leisure’s parks, and I absolutely love going on our getaways.

There is so much to do, and so many places to explore, there is no way you could ever get bored here. I also see lots of my friends when I visit the holiday home, it’s great to see the other pups and their humans having such a good time too.

My favourite thing to do on holiday is to visit the beach, the sea is so funny, it moves all by itself! I love splashing in the waves and playing fetch with my human. As you can see on my video diary, I had a great time on my autumn holiday. I am so excited for our next visit!

Sam’s holiday diary

Hi, my name is Sam and I’m a Jack Russell!

black and brown puppy

I was born on the 31st July and my humans have recently introduced me to the great dog community at Park Leisure’s Chantry site. I have met lots of new friends already with the help of my big brother Burt, who told me he joined Chantry as a young pup just like me a few years ago. Burt is a very sociable dog, but he hates cats with a passion. I am not sure why as he loves everything else.

My first trip to our holiday home was a big adventure and once I arrived, I felt right at home. I mostly just wagged my tail; I think it’s sad that humans don’t have tails. I slept through my first night without a peep and my humans seemed to be pretty happy about it.

Dog's sat together
Dog's sleeping

I have done lots of exploring already and I’m sure Burt will teach me everything I need to know. He loves the country life and I know I am going to love it just as much. He introduced me to one of his friends, Clyde. He stuck his head out of the window to say hello and his nose was as big as my head. I didn’t mind though; he was very gentle.

Dog's playing

I have already seen so much and know I am going to have the best time in the Yorkshire Dales and Chantry. I cannot wait to get out more and play with more friends. If you see me around please do stop to say hello, I would love to meet you.

Anyway, it was nice talking to you, but my humans are calling and it’s time to go play. Time to put my speed to the test!

We hope you enjoyed reading our pups’ holiday diaries, they certainly had a fantastic time! Why not bring your furry friends along on your next Park Leisure staycation?

To read more about how our parks are pet friendly, click here: https://www.parkleisure.co.uk/pet-friendly-parks

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