Vacations on the water: the best summer travel destinations with dogs

sSummer freshness with or without a dog? About a million more people got pets during the Corona pandemic. Dogs currently live in 21 percent of German households, and according to the Association of the Pet Supplies Industry, there are 10.3 million dogs, 44 percent of which are mixed breeds.

Dogs love it, cats hate it: travel. Many pet owners want to travel this summer, too. Dog owners in particular often like to take their pets with them.

69 percent of pet owners plan at least one major vacation trip, according to a survey by, a platform for grooming services. Every second person (53 percent) wants to go to another European country. 59 percent would like to take their pet with them, and 34 percent of pet owners do the same. Mainly dog ​​owners.

If you have a dog, you often take it with you when you travel. Unlike cats, who are reluctant to leave their territory, dogs prefer to accompany their humans wherever they go and are generally anxious or even offended when they have to stay with friends for a few weeks or are delivered to an animal house.

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They prefer to be there all the time. This is understandable, they are well aware when half of the pack suddenly packs their bags, constantly on the move and handing out an amazing number of bonuses and lords in reserve, so to speak. Experienced dogs feel the travel fever well for their owners, some animals climb into the bag, others lurk in front of or under the car or just barely take their eyes off their master and lover for a minute so as not to be left behind.

Dogs can’t stand heat

On a long trip or a city trip, this is usually the only way, but other than that, there are very few reasons to let dogs take care of at home or give them a home for animals. “The decision to travel together or give the animal to a caregiver depends on the destination of the vacation and the level of stress on the animal as well as the people,” explains Nadia Cobb, owner and managing director of the professional animal care home. Provider on

Dogs also love to swim in cold water - but this is not desirable everywhere

Dogs also love to swim in cold water – but this is not desirable everywhere

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Holidays with dogs on the Mediterranean is not really recommended in high season. But this is great in the off-season, such as April/May or September/October, when dogs are also allowed on the beach, often even without a leash, for example in France and Italy. But in the summer it gets very hot.

“Dogs are extremely sensitive animals to heat. As they have only a few sweat glands on the underside of their paws and on the nose, they cannot sweat and thus cool their bodies,” explains Astrid Bear of the Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians. “Therefore, the only way to calm down is to gasping for air This creates evaporative cooling. If the outside temperature exceeds 28°C, the four-legged friend should cool off in some other way – for example by lying on cold tiles or going for a swim.”

Tips for dog-friendly beaches and lakes

But the beaches of the North and Baltic Seas and lakes in this country are also very crowded in summer. Dogs are not always welcome on the beach and beach. At many beaches, dogs must be kept on a leash and are only allowed to swim during the day, when bathers feel comfortable there. However, dogs are often allowed to be on the beach in the morning or evening.

Additionally, in some places, dog bans on beaches only apply during high season. There are separate dog-bathing beaches in most Baltic and North Sea communities. The reason for their presence near the nudist area is still a mystery.

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By the way, Denmark is especially dog-friendly. But: If you own a fighting dog or a combination of fighting dogs on the list of prohibited dog breeds, you are not allowed to bring them into Denmark. Other than that, there are special rules that are appropriate for dogs on the Danish beach. In the winter months, dogs are allowed to run for free there. From April 1st to September 30th, a leash is mandatory on the beach.

Dogs are not permitted on Blue Flag beaches. Only dogs and owners are allowed to cross the beach here, for example to get to another section of the beach. You can also do this outdoors without a leash; Leashes are mandatory in the woods. But there are more than 200 dog parks where the animals can roam around.

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By the way, Denmark also has most holiday accommodations that allow pets. HomeToGo, the online marketplace for vacation homes, found out. Denmark has the most pet friendly holiday rentals in Europe: 31 percent of rentals there are suitable for dogs. In Germany, Schleswig-Holstein (28 percent) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (27 percent) are top candidates when it comes to being kind to dogs.

For dog owners who want to go on a lake vacation, there is also a list of favorite tested lakes in Germany, where animals are allowed to go to the beach and swim even in the high season. Lake Constance with eleven bathing places, Altmühlsee with dog playground, Tegernsee near Rottach-Egern and dog beach at Waginger See. In Berlin Grunewaldsee, in Brandenburg, Rangsdorfer See and Bernsteinsee, Grambker See in Bremen, Hessian Edersee, Müritz in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Plöner and Ratzeburger See in Schleswig-Holstein and Saxon Schladitzer See without commitment to a leash.

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