UK’s Most Popular Dog Friendly Places Honoured In National Awards

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 Dog Friendly.

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, London
  • Somewhere to Eat - Highdown Tearooms, Worthing, West Sussex
  • Somewhere to Stay - Helsbury Park, Cornwall
  • Somewhere on the High Street - Holly and Lil, London
  • Somewhere to Camp - Ross Park Caravan Park, Newton Abbott, Devon
  • 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 possible."

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 comrades.

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

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