We have made two of our properties at Dundrum Bay Holiday Homes pet friendly.
All the floors downstairs in the Holiday Homes are tiled, and we put a Stair-gate at the bottom of the stairs to stop pets going up to the carpeted areas. With our usual cleaning regime of hoovering all the floors and washing with a strong hard surface cleaner it should leave the houses fresh and ready for new visitors, pet owners or not.
We even put in a doggie Bean Bag and a water bowl and may add a few more things as time goes on.
Outside there are two fenced off secure separate gardens for the two Pet Friendly Houses so that children can safely play in the large communal garden in front of the other 6 houses, free from the worry of being chased by an excited pet and the risk of walking in dog mess. Hopefully there should be none of that, even in the little dog friendly gardens, as I trust all owners will behave responsibly.
Click here find a list of ‘Dogs Welcome’ beaches including our neighbouring Murlough, Newcastle and Tyrella beaches, all winters of the Tidy Ulster ‘Green Beaches’ award in 2012
WalkNI publish a list of great walks across the whole of the province, on most of which your dog is welcome to come along. Click here for a list of some that have special conditions about dogs, whether that is, dogs welcome part of the year, because of Nesting Birds, or Dogs are not welcome at all -as the walk passes through open land where cattle are free to range and roam. Thankfully the list is short, only 19 out of the many hundred walks on the WalkNI site and one of those the search list is there because it is called ‘Big Dog Walk’ down in Castle Archdale in Fermanagh.
Here is a useful guide to enjoying ‘The Great Outdoors’ responsibly with your dog, published by our regional Sports Council. www.activitybrochuresni.com/Download.ashx?id=32