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Take your dog with you on holiday

Photo: Toppen af Danmark

The dog is the most popular pet in Denmark, with more than 550,000 being kept as pets. There are also good opportunities to take “man’s best friend” with you on holiday at the Top of Denmark.

For many families the best holiday is a holiday in which they are accompanied by the family dog. The dog, of course, has other requirements and wishes in terms of a holiday than its owners, but this needn’t be a problem – it just requires a bit of planning.

If you’re travelling to Denmark with a dog, there are a number of legal requirements that must be complied with. These involve requirements concerning vaccinations, pet passport and ID marking. Certain races of dog are prohibited in Denmark, including the Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Bulldog. You can check out the applicable rules at www.foedevarestyrelsen.dk.

The majority of campsites, hotels and many holiday homes welcome dogs. You can take dogs with you on public transport, and most shops have a hook on which to attach the dog’s lead while you’re inside doing the shopping.

The countryside is also a great source of adventure for both two-legged and four-legged animals. The dog will love a walk in the woods or the dune plantation, but remember that it must be kept on a leash so that it doesn’t frighten the wildlife in the forest or the cattle in the field. At the Top of Denmark there are 16 off-leash dog parks, which are enclosed areas in which dogs can run off the leash. Dogs may run off the leash at the beach during the winter season – i.e. from 1 October until 1 April. Both at the beaches and in the dog parks, however, it’s a prerequisite that you’re able to control your dog so it doesn’t bother other people.

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