The majority of dogs desperately need a holiday as much as their owners, according to a dog behaviorist who says pets are not getting enough mental stimulation.
Leon Towers, a qualified dog psychologist, is urging people to take their dogs away this summer so they can relax and enjoy a welcome break with their owners.
He said sensory enrichment is key to a dog’s happiness and improves their overall well-being.
He said: “Ninety-nine out of 100 of our dogs aren’t getting enough mental stimulation.
“If your dog is sleeping all day, the likelihood is that they are depressed.
“I’m a strong advocate for taking your dog on holiday.
“Breaking free from everyday routines and immersing dogs in stimulating environments with new sights and smells offers essential sensory enrichment.”
According to Towers, the top holiday activity for dogs is swimming, with walking on a sandy beach and through salt water helping them to absorb nutrients through the pads on their paws.
He said: “Swimming provides the well-being dose your dog needs.
“Not only does it engage their entire brain, but dog-friendly beaches offer the ultimate vacation experience for your furry companion.
“Just imagine the new smells, textures, and activities they’ll encounter. And the best part? The whole family can join in.”
According to the expert, dogs tend to be 50% more active during beach holidays than at home.
Towers added that when owners relax during the holiday, it has a calming effect on their dogs.
He added: “This mirroring of relaxation reduces anxiety levels, decreases chewing and barking tendencies, and promotes an overall deeper sleep for the dogs.”