I don’t know about you but the idea of taking your dog to London can be a little daunting – Especially if your dog is not a city pooch! Alfie loves heading into the big city, all I have to do is ask him if he is going to London and his tail starts wagging.
Are you thinking of heading to the big city with your dog? I wanted to share our top tips for keeping your trip to London as stress free as possible.
It is going to be busy
No matter what time of day it is London will be busy. So if your dog isn’t quite 100% in crowds I would keep this in mind. I would try to avoid committing hours and the more touristy spots at first, whilst your dog adjusts to it.
Take lots of breaks
Like any new environment it can be tiring for your dog as they are having to take in lots of new sights and smells! There is also a lot of walking involved. Always stop and give your dog a break every so often! Alfie is always exhausted after the day in the city – He has to have the following day off to rest up!
Allow extra time
I learnt this the hard way! For many seeing a dog in London is a novelty [especially central London] many will stop to say hello, which is so lovely! We have had people stop us on escalators, just to give Alfie a quick fuss!
Taking your dog on the Tube
At first I was surprised to find out that dogs are allowed to go on the tubes! The only thing I must warn you about is that they must be picked up on the escalators. This is fine for a little spaniel like Alfie but if you have a much larger dog this may be a problem.
Be sure to keep your dogs under control at all times, the last thing you want is for your dog to spread their dog hair on those fancy men in suits!
Remember to pack your dogs essentials. Water is a must! as you will never know when your dogs next drink will be! I always pack some treats and an extra bit of food as I don’t want Alfie to get hungry.
It’s also important to check the weather! It always seem to be much warmer during those [very rare] heat waves we get over the summer, keep this in mine when booking your trip. If it is warm avoid the underground! It will be the same as keeping your dog in a hot car.
I love to walk Alfie around the landmarks taking those novelty snaps! There are some great dog friendly restaurants and parks dotted all over the city… Be sure to explore!
So, when is your next trip to the big city?
Emma & Alfie xox