Your Dog, Ticks & Lyme Disease

Your Dog, Ticks & Lyme Disease

This article has been written to provide dog owners with information relating to ticks, tick prevention and tick removal. It applies to you and your dog and could help to prevent both/either of you contracting a rather unpleasant disease.

I was going to hold back on writing and releasing this post until April or May, the start of tick season here in the UK; but as the Easter Holidays are early this year I thought it sensible to write it early. Part of the article covers prevention, so I also thought releasing it earlier than planned would give you time to prepare.

What are ticks?

Ticks are small, blood-sucking arthropods related to spiders. There are many different species of tick living in Britain, each preferring to feed on the blood of different animal hosts.

Ticks normally choose wildlife and farm livestock to be their hosts. However, people and pets send out the same signals (body heat and chemicals) as the tick’s usual hosts. The tick recognises these signals as being from a potential host and they will readily attach. Because we are not generally the intended host, we become ‘incidental hosts’, meaning that we are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Three particular species of tick are most likely to attach to people and their pets in the UK. One is Ixodes ricinus (also known as the sheep tick, wood tick, deer tick and castor bean tick). The second is Ixodes hexagonus (also known as the hedgehog tick). The third is Dermacentor reticulatus (also known as the ornate cow tick or the marsh tick). However, there are over 20 species of ticks in Britain, and a number of them have been known to attach to people or pets. It can depend on the area, habitat and surrounding wildlife, as to which species are most abundant.

What does a tick look like?

Ticks vary in colour (ranging from reddish to dark brown or black), and differ in size, depending on the species, age and sex of the tick, and whether it has fed.

Sheep / Deer Ticks - ©BADA-UK

The image above, courtesy of BADA-UK, show a female and male sheep tick. Note their size compared to the leaf and blade of grass. To the naked eye the larvae (with 6 legs) look like specks of soot, while nymphs are slightly larger, pinhead or poppy seed size. With their eight legs, nymphs and adult ticks resemble small spiders.

Sheep/deer tick feeding - ©BADA-UK

In this picture, you can see how a tick changes in appearance as it feeds and fills with the hosts blood.

Tick sizes ©BADA-UK

Here you can see just how small an unfed tick is. An unfed female is approximately 3mm (sesame-seed-size). Unfed males are smaller, at approximately 2.5mm. Unfed nymphs (which are semi grown) are smaller still, at around 1.5mm, and the larvae are a tiny 0.5mm (the size of a poppy seed). Even at such a tiny size, larvae can still transmit certain infections. Once fed, a tick can become considerably bigger.

Where can ticks be found?

The National Parks and forests are often publicised as the holding the greatest risk of tick bite to humans and pets. Tick bites are on the increase in these areas, but this can mainly be attributed to an increase in the population spending their leisure time in these areas and greater awareness, not necessarily an increase in numbers of ticks.

The truth is that ticks can be found across the whole of the UK. Ticks can be found anywhere that wildlife goes (e.g. pheasants, blackbirds, hedgehogs, badgers, foxes, squirrels and deer), where livestock grazes (e.g. cows, and sheep), and where the vegetation (e.g. grasses, heather, bracken, trees or garden shrubs) is sufficiently dense enough to provide a higher level of humidity that ticks need to survive. This can include town parks and gardens.

Dogs and ticks

Ticks cannot jump or fly, but when ready for a meal will climb a nearby piece of vegetation and wait for a passing animal or human to catch their hooked front legs. The tick will not necessarily bite immediately, but will often spend some time finding a suitable site on the skin.

What are the risks associated with a tick bite?

A bite from a tick is usually painless and you may only know if you or your dog have been bitten if you happen to see a feeding tick. A tick bite may cause irritation, an abscess or may blister.

A point to consider for smaller dogs is their small blood reserve, a small number of feeding ticks could lead to ‘significant’ blood loss and anaemia, but the main risk from a tick bite relates to the risk of infection passed on by the tick. Ticks feed on the blood of other animals. If a larval tick picks up an infection from an animal such as a vole or rat, when it next feeds as a nymph it can pass the infection to the next animal or human it bites. Ticks in Britain can carry a number of unpleasant diseases, including:

  • Lyme borreliosis (Lyme Disease)
  • Babesiosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • TBE and Louping ill
  • Bartonella

Tick Bite Bulls Eye Rash

The most common of these diseases is Lyme Disease. The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a pink or red circular rash that develops around the area of the bite, three to 30 days after someone is bitten. The rash is often described as looking like a bull’s-eye on a dart board.
You may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Sore neck
  • Fever and/or chills

If Lyme disease is left untreated, further symptoms may develop months or even years later and can include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain and swelling of the joints
  • Neurological symptoms, such as temporary paralysis of the facial muscles
  • Inflammation of the heart muscles
  • Bacterial meningitis

Lyme disease in its late stages can trigger symptoms similar to those of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

How to reduce the possibility of a tick bite

Due to the physical differences between you and your dog, the way to reduce the risk of (and hopefully prevent) a tick bite changes. Also, the products licensed for use on humans differs from those licensed for animals, these differences should be observed at all times.

Deer tick feeding

Prevention for people

The simplest barrier to preventing ticks reaching your skin is to cover up exposed skin with trousers and long sleeved tops. Light coloured clothing will enable you to see and brush off any ticks that attach to you.

Clothing can be treated with the insecticide Permethrin which is safe for humans in normal doses, but is dangerous to some animals, so should be used with care.

Insect repellents containing the active ingredients DEET and Picaridine are also effective against ticks. DEET is widely available and is safe for most people, but has been associated with adverse reactions in others. It can also damage synthetic clothing (waterproof coats, active wear) if applied to the fabric. DEET is toxic so should not be used on your pets. Picaridine has a slightly lower toxicity and does not damage synthetic fabrics but some studies have shown it to be less effective against ticks.

On returning home you should check your person and clothing for ticks.

Prevention for dogs

Tick treatments for dogs come in various forms (e.g. spot-on, spray-on or chemically-treated collars).

These may be unsuitable for pregnant or nursing animals and should only be used on healthy animals and under the guidance of your vet. Not all pet products are safe for every type of animal and some may have side-effects. You should also be aware of their interaction with other treatments you use on your pet.

Tick-control products can work in either one or a combination of these ways:

  • Prevents ticks from being attracted to your pet – a repellent.
  • Kills the tick once it has made contact with your pet’s skin – an acaricide.
  • Reduces the risk of the tick attaching and taking a blood feed.

As some products can take a while to work after application and may kill ticks during the feeding process, it is still advisable to check your pet for ticks and to remove them.

There are a number of products licensed in the UK for tick control on companion animals:
Please speak to you vet about which is the most appropriate method of prevention for your dog.

There are also a variety of homeopathic prevention recipes available to be found online, their suitability and effectiveness is untested.

How to check for ticks

Even the most effective preventative measures cannot guarantee that you or your dog will not become host to ticks. It is therefore important that you check both yourself and your dog thoroughly.

Tick on dog fur

Tick checking for people

Brush over clothing to remove loose ticks before going inside.

Check skin carefully all over for ticks. Pay attention to folds in the skin and other areas where a tick could hide, especially behind the knees, armpits, in the groin area and between the buttocks (a small mirror is a useful tool here). You should also inspect the hairline, neck and ears.

If a non-feeding tick is found, the best way to dispose of a tick is to place it in a tissue and squash it. Then flush the tissue away or dispose of it in the dustbin. Do not handle a tick with bare hands as certain organisms in the tick’s saliva or gut contents may enter through breaks in the skin, or the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, or mouth if you touch them. Do not release a tick once it has been removed as it may survive to lay lots of eggs or bite another person or animal.

Tick checking for dogs

Ideally, tick checks should be performed whenever your dog has been exposed to an environment conducive to tick habitat. Stroking your pet is a good time to do a finger-tip search for smaller ticks and this can be a relaxing, bonding time between you and your pet.

When grooming, brush against, as well as with, the hair-growth to see any ticks that are close to the skin. Check all over the dogs body but pay particular attention to around and inside the ears, around the eyes, on the chin, around the muzzle, chest and between pads and toes.

If a non-feeding tick is found, the best way to dispose of a tick is to place it in a tissue and squash it. Then flush the tissue away or dispose of it in the dustbin. Do not handle a tick with bare hands as certain organisms in the tick’s saliva or gut contents may enter through breaks in the skin, or the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, or mouth if you touch them. Do not release a tick once it has been removed as it may survive to lay lots of eggs or bite another person or animal.

How to remove feeding ticks

If you find a feeding tick on you or your dog it must be removed with care and attention. Incorrect removal may result in:

  • The mouthpart being left in the skin leading to localised infection.
  • Squeezing the tick and forcing the contents of its stomach into the hosts bloodstream, thus passing on disease causing organisms and bacteria.
  • Puncturing the tick leading to the spillage of disease causing organisms and bacteria.
  • Distressing the tick, causing it to vomit the contents of its stomach back into the hosts bloodstream.

There are many myths surrounding the removal of ticks, yet according to Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness UK only 2 can prevent the risk of incorrect removal (using fine tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool). I however believe that the tweezer technique still presents risks. Whilst most households have a set of blunt or surgical tweezers, few will have fine tipped tweezers. My worry is that on finding a feeding tick, many people would be tempted to use the blunt tweezers they have available. Also, using fine tipped tweezers is a delicate and precise operation, if you grip the wrong part of the tick or grip too tightly there is a risk of incorrect removal. I therefore do not recommend this method of removal.

The only method that I would recommend is removal using a tick removal tool. The tool that I can thoroughly recommend in the O’ Tom Tick Twister, it is simple to use and safely removes the whole tick without compression. In a comparison study of four different tick-removal devices, published in the Veterinary Record (2006, 159, 526-529), the O’Tom Tick Twister ® was compared with surgical forceps, a pen-tweezer device, and a tempered steel tool (slit and traction action). The O’Tom Tick Twister ® proved to be significantly better than the other devices for the time required to remove the tick, the ease with which the tick was grabbed, the force needed to extract the tick, the reaction of the animal, and the condition of the tick’s mouth parts.

O’ Tom Tick Twisters are available from most vets for around £5; The Way of the Dog recommend that you pay your vet a quick visit to purchase a set to keep in your 1st aid kit. I also keep a set in my car for times when we are away from home. On this visit you should also take the opportunity to enquire about suitable tick treatments and repellents for your dog.

After removal, disinfect the bite site and wash your hands and tools thoroughly.

When to seek veterinary / medical attention

If you find a feeding tick on yourself or your dog, remove it safely and do not see a rash there is no need to seek medical attention. If however you see or do any of the following you should seek the advice of your doctor/vet.

  • You do not see a feeding tick, but develop the bulls eye rash shown above.
  • You remove a tick and develop a bulls eye rash at a later date.
  • You attempt to remove a feeding tick but break it, leaving any part in your skin.
  • You attempt to remove a tick and squeeze the body.
  • You attempt to remove a tick and puncture it.
  • You attempt to remove a tick using any method other than using a tick removal tool.
  • You or your dog exhibit any of the symptoms mentioned above, under What are the risks associated with a tick bite?
  • If you are not confident to safely remove the tick yourself.


Ticks pose a very real risk to the health of you and your dog. With awareness, preventative actions, thorough checking and correct removal these risks can be minimised.

Please go and chat to your vet about the risks your dog is exposed to and the preventative treatments they can offer. Also pick up a set of O’ Tom Tick Twisters whilst you are there. They are the best tool for the job.

Enjoy the summer, enjoy your walks, enjoy your dog.

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Who’s Handling Your Dog? – The National Occupational Standards for the Dog Industry

Who’s Handling Your Dog? – The National Occupational Standards for the Dog Industry

The Way of the Dog has taken on several behavioural cases where the root cause has been linked to the activities and actions of, and handling by individuals and businesses paid to take care of or train the dog.

In all of theses cases the evidence suggests a clear and worrying lack of qualification, experience, and knowledge on the part of those individuals and businesses.

From a dog owners point of view, we are unwittingly placing our trust in individuals and businesses who are working outside the limits of their own authority, accreditation, qualification, expertise and experience.

This article has been written to supply dog owners who are seeking the services of any dog based service (where your dog is handled, managed or cared for by somebody other than the dog’s owner) with the recognised minimum standards expected of the service provider.

National Occupational Standards for Dog Handlers

Why do we need standards and regulation?

Pet care in the UK is a multi-million pound industry. This has tempted many individuals to give up main stream professions in pursuit of their dream job, such as working with dogs. This has led to a rise in the various types of dog services available.

Due to a lack of regulation and no defined standards, there have been no barriers for likely entrepreneurs to cross.  On the outside such services might seem like a blessing for those in need of support and assistance; however the variation in standards and lack of regulation is a real concern.

Have you ever stopped to think about who is handling your dog and questioned their ability to do so? Are they qualified and are they adhering to any professional standards? How would you know the standards they are expected to achieve?

With the release of the National Occupational Standards for the Dog Industry, you now have the tools to address these questions.

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The National Occupational Standards

in the imageIn October 2014, Lantra (sponsored by Government) released the following National Occupational Standards (NOS) following consultation with organisations including the Pet Education Training and Behaviour Council, the Kennel Club, the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association, British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, Guild of Dog Trainers, and the Cambridge Institute for Dog Behaviour and Training.

The NOS aim to promote criteria that are relevant, accurate, and considered a suitable benchmark for those working with dogs (Lantra, 2014).

In each NOS there is a list of ‘Performance Criteria’ of which the individual professional must be able to demonstrate in addition to a list of ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ that they need to essentially know and understand. The ultimate purpose of these standards is to support the primary aim of protecting the welfare of dogs and to recognise that dogs as a species require a separate NOS and not an all-encompassing approach as set out in Animal Welfare standards.

Each of the NOS documents is available to view, download and print below.

  • LANCTB1 – Observe, Assess and Respond to the Behaviour of Dogs
  • LANCTB2 – Handle and Control Dogs
  • LANCTB3 – Plan and Implement Training Programmes for Dogs
  • LANCTB4 – Plan and Implement Training Programmes for Dogs and Handlers
  • LANCTB5 – Plan and Implement Programmes to Address Undesirable Behaviour in Dogs

NOS for the Dog Industry

Who do the National Occupational Standards apply to?

The standards are relevant to all those who work professionally with dogs such as veterinary paraprofessionals, groomers, walkers and day carers, trainers and behaviourists, those providing therapies of any kind, micro chippers, and by and large anyone who works with dogs on behalf of the public.

The standards documented in LANCTB1 and 2 are aimed at every single person within the dog industry who works with or handles dogs. Any person offering or providing dog training must achieve and adhere to the standards of LANCTB1-4, whilst dog behaviourists must achieve and adhere to LANCTB1-5.

Our View

At The Way of the Dog we feel that all those that choose to work with dogs should be familiar with the National Occupational Standards and aware of the criteria relevant to their practice.

Although the NOS are not currently enforced and only serve as guidelines to those working in the industry they – at the very least – give all dog owners a standard practice of which they can expect to receive if paying for dog services of any kind whether professional or amateur.

The truth of the matter is that many individuals and businesses within the dog industry are falling short of these standards and their lack of qualification, experience and knowledge are having a detrimental effect on the well being, health and behaviour of the dogs in their care.

We would urge all dog owners to read the NOS documents linked above and use them to assess their current and future dog care, training and behaviour service providers. You should address any concerns by asking that provider how they adhere to any particular standard and be happy with their responses.

A good service provider will be happy to address your concerns and pleased that you care for your dogs well being.

Do you have questions or comments about NOS?

Do you have any questions or comments about the National Occupational Standards and their implications. Do you wish to respond to this post? If so, use the comment section below and we’ll respond with our views.


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Dog Walking in the Dark – Be Seen, Be Safe, Keep Warm

Dog Walking in the Dark – Be Seen, Be Safe, Keep Warm

Most dog breeds were bred to work for a living and a particular purpose, like hunting, herding or providing protection. Wild dogs scavenge and hunt, care for offspring, defend territory and play with each other. They lead busy, complex lives, interacting socially and solving simple problems necessary for their survival.

Modern “pet” dogs no longer receive this level of stimulation and spend much of their time confined, alone and/or inactive. As a dog owner, you have a responsibility to fill this void.

Many of the dogs seen by The Way of The Dog have behavioural issues that are a consequence of lack of stimulation, interaction and daily exercise. This is most prevalent in the winter months, when dark mornings and evenings combine with cold (and often wet) weather to dissuade dog owners from providing the quality of exercise their dog requires. Every dog needs good quality daily exercise; this is a basic fact of dog ownership and should have been considered when bringing a dog into your life.

Lack of daylight and adverse weather conditions should not affect the levels of exercise you give your dog.

Be Seen, Stay Safe, Keep Warm

Staying safe on dark walks is as simple as being visible, being aware and wrapping up warm. Here are a few of our tips to help you and your dog stay safe and warm on your winter walks.

Be Seen

  • Use a Hi-Vis reflective or led light lead and collar on your dog.
  • Wear a Hi-Vis reflective vest over your coat.
  • Carry a torch or use a headlamp.
  • Avoid unlit roads.
  • Avoid roads that have no pavement.
  • If you cannot avoid roads without a pavement, walk on the right hand side (towards the traffic) with your dog to your right (on the opposite side to the traffic).

Be Safe

  • Keep your dog on the lead.
  • Use well lit walks that you are familiar with.
  • Consider taking your dog in the car to a well lit safe area.
  • Do you have a neighbour with a dog? Arrange to walk together.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings; leave your headphones at home.
  • Carry a mobile phone

Keep Warm

  • Bad weather requires appropriate clothing; a warm waterproof jacket, waterproof overtrousers, warm sturdy footwear, a hat and a good pair of gloves are the bare essentials.
  • It is our experience that the best quality outdoor coat and boots should be purchased according to your budget.
  • Consider your dog’s breed, age and health to decide if they require additional insulation.
  • Keep moving; if you stand still you’ll feel the chill.

Other Winter Considerations

We have previously written an article that outlines some of the hazards to your dog’s safety and wellbeing in winter, which can be viewed at We’d recommend that you read this as some of the points raised could save your dog’s life.

The Alternatives

If you still feel unable to give your dog the exercise and stimulation it needs, there are a few things you could consider.

  • Finding a way to change the times that you walk your dog.
  • Enlisting the help of family members and friends.
  • Employing a reputable, licensed, 1 to 1 dog walker.
  • Rehoming your dog.

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Winter Care for Dogs

Winter Care for Dogs

Winter is a fabulous time to take your dog out for a walk; the fresh air will do you both good. But as the mercury drops in the thermometer, certain health hazards are created that every dog owner needs to be aware of.

At The Way of the Dog, we do not aim to sensationalise issues or scaremonger. Our articles are focused on our experiences in dog world and informing dog owners of how best to maintain the health and wellbeing of their canine friend. This article is intended to inform you of possible risks to your dog’s health.

Dog Health Hazards in Winter


A common winter related ailment in dogs is anti-freeze poisoning. Anti-freeze contains the toxin ethylene glycol, which is sweet and irresistible to dogs. They’ll lick up drips from leaking car coolant systems and brake systems or drink from contaminated puddles and other water sources.

It does not take a significant amount of ethylene glycol to cause fatal damage to a dog, as low as 2-3ml per pound of the dog’s weight.

Dog owners should:

  • NEVER decant anti-freeze into another container.
  • Store anti-freeze in a secure place with lids securely closed.
  • Check cars for leaks and if found get them fixed.
  • Check their driveways, parking spaces and garages for contamination.
  • Use a funnel when topping up anti-freeze to reduce spills.
  • Dispose of old/unused anti-freeze at an approved waste management facility.

Anti-freeze poisoning occurs in two phases. In the first phase, the animal typically appears lethargic, disoriented, uncoordinated and groggy. Symptoms usually appear 30 minutes to one hour after ingestion and can last for several hours.

The second phase, which can last up to three days, is characterized by symptoms such as vomiting, oral and gastric ulcers, kidney failure, coma and death.

For dogs exposed to antifreeze, the first few hours are critical. They should see a vet as soon as antifreeze ingestion is suspected.

Rock Salt

Rock salt used to grit roads and paths in winter can be a danger to dogs if they lick it from their paws or fur. Even small amounts of pure salt can be dangerous, but the exact quantities of salt in rock salt are variable. Most cases are a result of a dog licking it’s paws and fur after walking through a salted area. The salt irritates the skin and paws and the dog is simply attempting to remove the irritation.

Dog owners should:

  • Avoid using rock salt in areas their dogs walk in their own gardens.
  • Avoid heavily salted areas in public.
  • Rinse and dry their dog after winter walks (always rinse down the body and legs, pay attention to and in-between pads).
  • Be aware of excessive paw licking after a winter walk.

Ingestion can result in a high blood sodium concentration which can cause thirst, vomiting and lethargy, and in severe cases there is a risk of convulsions and kidney damage.

Any dog suspected to have ingested rock salt must be seen by a vet.

The Cold

Older dogs, small breed dogs, dogs with short fur and puppies can be especially sensitive to the cold weather. Dogs with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. In addition, all dogs can be susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia if conditions are cold enough and/or the length of exposure is long enough.

Dog owners should:

  • Assess the type and age of dog and it’s susceptibility to the cold by consulting a vet.
  • Purchase and use suitable protection based on this assessment.
  • Monitor their dog regularly when exercising them in cold weather.
  • NEVER leave your dog outside unsupervised without a heated shelter.

If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect, and may not be fully recognized until a few days after the damage is done.

If you suspect your dog has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your vet immediately.


Many dogs love a bit of snow. The mixture of curiosity and the sensations involved can lead many dogs to appear excited and exuberant. This maybe the case, but snow can also conceal a few doggy perils.

Whilst many of the risks posed by snow to a dog’s wellbeing are the result of the cold, there are a few extra points to consider.

Dog owners should:

  • Cut the hair between a dogs pads. These hairs trap snow that can ball into a small ice-cube nestled between the pads. If your dog refuses to move or appears lame on a snowy day, check pads first.
  • Remove snow and ice build up from a dog’s pads, legs and under carriage regularly to prevent it freezing to ice as this becomes painful.
  • If this snow build up becomes ice, remove with a warm (not hot) damp cloth.
  • Be aware of snow drifts, banks and cornices.
  • Monitor their dog regularly when exercising them in the snow.

If you suspect your dog has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your vet immediately.


When walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water. Dogs will often attempt to walk on ice with no concept of the thickness of ice or there being water below. If they were to fall through the ice, some breeds of dog will succumb to the effects of the cold and then drown in a matter of seconds.

Dog owners should:

  • Avoid areas with frozen bodies of water.
  • If in the vicinity of a frozen body of water, keep your dog on a lead.
  • If your dog ventures onto a frozen body of water, coax them back without causing panic.
  • If your dog falls through ice, attempt to coax them back to land or use material nearby to provide an aid to exiting the water (buoyancy aids, a fallen branch, a fence panel, etc).
  • If you retrieve your dog, get them dry and warm as soon as possible.
  • NEVER enter the water to rescue your dog. More than 50 per cent of ice-related drownings involved an attempted rescue of another person or a dog (ROSPA).

If your dog has entered a frozen body of water and you suspect your dog has hypothermia or any other ailments, consult your vet immediately.

Enjoy the Winter Together

I know, it sounds like we’ve got our health and safety clipboard out and banned you and your dog having any fun together in the winter; this isn’t the case.

At The Way of the Dog we actively encourage the (at least) daily exercising of your dog, whatever the weather. Follow the points we’ve made and you will have minimised any risk to your dog’s health and wellbeing during one of the most spectacular times of the year.

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Dog Friendly – Ox Pasture Hall Hotel

Dog Friendly – Ox Pasture Hall Hotel

Until recently The Way of the Dog Ltd has not considered dog friendly hotels to be a destination of choice.  Being considerate towards the thoughts and feelings of others regarding the presence or past presence of dogs, taking our dogs to hotels has previously been avoided.  However, a recent visit to Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel proved to be a delightful experience and one that we shall repeat.

This month The Way of the Dog Ltd was invited to take Olla to visit Ox Pasture Hall Hotel to experience an overnight stay in one of the outstanding luxury suites that the hotel has to offer.  The hotel prides itself on being a dog friendly hotel and openly welcomes guests wishing to bring their dogs with them.  The hotel is located in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and although very close to Scarborough it is extremely peaceful and quiet.  It is certainly situated in a landscape and countryside that is fantastic for dogs and their owners.20141013_082605(4)

20141012_134347(2)On arrival at the hotel a very warm welcome from the management team and staff was received and we were immediately made to feel at home in the rustic setting that is Ox Pasture Hall.  The impressive lounges were busy with Sunday diners preparing to visit the outstanding restaurant.  Olla’s presence in the bar and lounge was warmly welcomed.  There was sufficient room for him to relax without getting in the way of other patrons.

The luxury suite was as impressive as the rest of the hotel and provided ample room for a German Shepherd Dog to rest peacefully.  It was warm, roomy, and exceptionally relaxing, it was immaculately clean and whilst dogs had stopped in the room previously Olla displayed no interest in investigating where they might have laid, a sure sign of a clean room.  The building proved to have exceptional sound proofing with no noise coming from the neighbouring occupied suites, which allowed an ordinarily alert dog to settle down and relax.

20141012_144319(2)The grounds of the hotel afforded sufficient open exercise areas and for those with dogs needing greater exercise, and who enjoy days out walking, Raincliffe Woods overlook the hotel offering so20141013_104914(3)me fantastic sights and trails.  Similarly, a short 5 minute drive into Scarborough gives access to the Yorkshire coast line, the Scarborough beach front is open to dogs from the 31st of September through the 1st of May only.

Our stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel was an absolute pleasure and one that we are already looking forward to repeating soon.  When taking a dog to a place frequented by others it is important to feel that one is welcome and not worrying about spoiling the experience for others.  Ox Pasture Hall Hotel offers an excellent hotel experience; all the staff and guests at the hotel made the visit an absolute joy making a strong case for dog friendly establishments.

If you are dog friendly business seeking a formal review please contact The Way of the Dog Ltd to discuss your requirements.

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