Tips for a royal day out

This year marks the Queen's 70th year as monarch, with celebrations taking place over the special extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

There are lots of great events scheduled from street parties to picnics and regattas, and you can check out the map on the official Jubilee website to search for events in your area.

 

If you’d like to take your furry companion along with you to the celebrations, make sure you give our tips and tricks a read first:

  • Ask yourself if your dog really wants to be invited to the party. While leaving your dog at home can feel mean, if they’re of a nervous disposition sometimes this can be the kindest thing to do — allowing them to chill out in a safe, comfortable, stress-free environment while you enjoy the festivities.
  • Ensure the location is dog-friendly and follow any rules, including picking up any mess your furry friend leaves behind. It’s also a good idea to have a safe area for your dog to retreat to if they get stressed. Don’t use the car for this purpose — the temperature inside can skyrocket in minutes which can be fatal.
  • Make sure your dog has plenty of shade and fresh water, as direct sunlight can cause them to overheat. You can also talk to your vet about buying a dog-safe sunscreen, which is a great way to protect vulnerable areas like noses and ear tips.
  • Keep them on the lead and make sure their collar and chip is up to date so they can be reunited with you quickly in case of any escape attempts.
  • Be careful around food, especially picnic items which are poisonous for dogs (including grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, avocado — and alcohol!). You can also pre-prepare some cool, tasty treats for your dog which they’re bound to enjoy. Why not try some homemade doggy ice lollies by freezing some apple, carrot and dog treats in a paper cup? A meaty treat stick also makes the perfect lolly stick!
  • Leave early if you need to — some dogs just aren’t the party type! You know your dog best, and if they become overly anxious or tired, it may be time to call it a day.

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