It is not surprising that Keswick, Cumbria was recently recognised as the best dog friendly town in the UK. Keswick was the Winner of the Town/City Category of ” Be Dog Friendly Awards” a Kennel Club initiative to encourage non pet businesses and public places to be more dog friendly. There are not only plenty of great locations for dog walks with stunning scenery (and fabulous photo opportunities) in Keswick but also lots of dog friendly accommodation, shops and pubs, with water bowls often available on the town centre streets for thirsty dogs.
The benefits of dog friendly public places include increased social interaction (dogs owners often stop and chat together )thus creating a friendly atmosphere and not forgetting the business benefits of accommodating the estimated 8 million dog owners in the UK to a town centre whereby trade will consequently improve. If you run a businesses such as a pub, hotel, cafe or shop in the UK you could not only benefit from increased trade by welcoming dogs and their owners to your premises but by being a dog friendly workplace studies have shown that your business could prosper with reduced stress levels, increased attendance and improved moral of your staff .
On the other side of the fence It is important to be a responsible pet owner and ensure dogs are toilet trained and able to sit, stay, be recalled and are well controlled in food serving premises. The Kennel Club encourages “Petiquette” practical tips for pet owners to ensure their pet is welcome in pet friendly businesses and public places – for more information see http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/be-dog-friendly/petiquette/
Debbie Whitfield is a professional pet photographer in Cumbria and owner of Maggie the Red and White Border Collie. Click here to find out more about Debbie.