From Pugs in the pub to Schnauzers in the shop, Britain's most
popular dog friendly places have been given the woof of approval in
the Kennel Club's Open for Dogs Awards 2013, in association with
The competition - now in its seventh year - is based solely on
the views of the public and aims to break down barriers for man's
best friend by encouraging more businesses to be dog friendly.
Nominations have come in from all over the country for the most
welcoming dog friendly businesses, towns, and public places.
With over 28,000 canine-canny businesses listed on the Open for
Dogs website, powered by Dog Friendly, competition was fierce.
Thousands of nominations flooded in from dog lovers giving their
paw of approval for the places that treat their dogs like royalty,
or simply offer them a drink of water when they need it. Certain
businesses stood out as being particularly dog-centric however.
The winners of the nationwide competition were:
- Somewhere to Drink - The Pig and Whistle, Earlsfield,
- Somewhere to Eat - Highdown Tearooms, Worthing, West
- Somewhere to Stay - Helsbury Park, Cornwall
- Somewhere on the High Street - Holly and Lil, London
- Somewhere to Camp - Ross Park Caravan Park, Newton Abbott,
- Most dog friendly Town - Keswick, Cumbria
- Special Recognition - Eurotunnel, Folkestone
Deborah Elliott, Senior Product Manager for Eurotunnel, which
won a special recognition award, said, "As market leader for pet
travel, Eurotunnel is again delighted to be recognised by the
Kennel Club as a business which truly pulls out all the stops for
its canine customers. Our customers' dogs are part of the family,
so we treat them just like any other passenger. With dog
friendly terminals and modern facilities, we strive to
make every pet's journey with us as smooth and stress free as
With over 8 million dogs in the UK, and around one in four
households owning a dog, the great British public are always on the
look-out for places where their four-legged family members are also
welcome, and the Open for Dogs Awards recognise businesses and
places to visit that go that extra mile for our canine
Being dog friendly makes good business sense too, which more and
more places seeing the value of the 'hound pound'. Kennel
Club research has shown that dog owners are almost twice as likely
as those without a dog to regularly visit their local shops and
stores, with a quarter saying that they frequent them, and more
than half of people with dogs would be more likely to use local
shops and services more frequently if their dogs could go with
them. In addition, dog owners were found to spend 22 per cent
more a month on eating out and drinking in pubs and restaurants
than non-dog owners, meaning that dog friendly businesses are
reaping the rewards.
The winners of the Open for Dogs Awards will be presented with
their awards at the Kennel Club's Discover Dogs event at Earls
Court, London on 10th-11th November. To find out more visit www.openfordogs.org.uk.