The Kennel Club has for several years run a national programme to give recognition to places and organisations that welcome dogs, under the name, “Open for Dogs” and as part of their “Be Dog Friendly” campaign.
2014 National Awards
In 2014 the Lake District came out well. The Lake District as whole came out top in the Great Outdoors category, while Keswick once again won the Town/City award after winning in 2012 and 2013.
There are eight million dogs, and it can’t be far off the same number of owners, in the UK. It is understandable that there should be places, including holiday accommodation of various types, that provide dog-free space. After all, not everyone is a dog-lover.
Unless consciously catering for the dog-averse market, however, a hotelier who closes out well-behaved dogs and their owners must surely be losing custom – especially in areas for which enjoyment of the great outdoors is their big visitor selling point.
Congratulations to all concerned in confirming the Lake District as a dog-friendly zone. The awards process starts at the beginning of July. Winners are chosen on the basis of public votes through the summer months and the awards are presented at a major public event.
Dog Friendly Accommodation
If you’re an accommodation provider in the Lake District, why not brush up your dog friendly policies and provisions in advance of the summer rush? There’s good advice on how to go about it on the Kennel Club website.
Dog Friendly Catering
It has been good over recent years to see an increasing number of dog-friendly catering establishments. Some cafe and restaurant owners seem to believe that this is against the law. However, the Kennel Club clarifies this on their website:
“There is a misconception in the UK that dogs are not allowed in premises where food is served, such as restaurants and cafes. This is not the case: it is only food preparation areas that are out of bounds, not areas where food is served and sold. … Read more“
And Dog Owners …
And if you’re a dog owner, take a look at these “Petiquette” principles, manage your dog responsibly, … and don’t forget to vote for establishments and places where the level of dog friendliness is commendable.
In Closing …
Once again, congratulations to Keswick and the Lake District for showing the dog friendly way to the rest of the country.