A trip to Norfolk isn’t complete without a cruise round the beautiful broads. Here’s how to make it safe and fun for your dog too!
Dogs want to explore just as much as we do when we venture on our holidays, and as dog lovers ourselves, we know that you want them to enjoy their East Ruston Cottage holiday to the full! There are many dog friendly options in the picturesque Norfolk countryside, but the beautiful Norfolk Broads is definitely somewhere no one or no pooch should miss. The bonus is that most of our East Ruston cottages properties are situated close by!
Let’s take you and your doggy family on an adventure along our winding water networks, stopping off to stretch legs and sniff those new smells and country air shall we? All aboard!
Dogs safety while boating
Firstly, we love them, so we want them safe. Here are our top safety tips for dogs while boating on the broads.
- Do a little research into dog friendly boat hire on the Norfolk Broads. Look at the reviews and what customers have said about their experiences taking their dogs. Here are some doggy friendly day hire suggestions:
- In case you have an extra inquisitive, water loving furry friend (we’re looking at you Retrievers and Springer Spaniels!), make sure you develop a plan in case your dog goes overboard. Cut the engine, call them, work out how you’d get them out of the water, and most importantly check who to call in case of emergency before setting off. Low banks mean that your errant pooch will probably be able to get to dry land fairly easily so don’t be tempted to go in after them. The broads aren’t deep but there can be some fast undercurrents. Think about it ahead of time and you’ll panic less if it happens.
- Consider investing in a doggy life jacket. It’s important for your dog to have a life jacket before you take them out onto the water. Your dog might be a strong swimmer, but you won’t know how strong the current is, especially if weather conditions are poor. A lot of life jackets also have a handle, making it easier to grab them if needed.
We like the Ruffwear Float Coat
And the EzyDog Micro Dog Life Jacket
- Give your dog the opportunity to investigate and become acquainted with the boat before venturing out. Especially if it’s their first time. Some dogs just aren’t good travellers and feel anxious in unfamiliar settings. The last thing you want is an upset doggie on a boat. Think about a short test run first.
- Have a first-aid kit on hand. Include an antibiotic ointment for minor grazes, a contact number for your vet, a towel and a blanket to keep them warm in case of trauma. Plus, any medications your dog needs on a day to day basis. Might also be worth looking at pet insurance to make sure vet bills are covered. Obviously, this is worst case scenario but it’s never a bad idea to be prepared.
Need to stretch your legs?
It’s important to make regular stops so that your dog can stretch their legs and relieve themselves. There are also a number of dog-friendly walks via public footpaths direct from the broads, not to mention country pubs such as the Bridge Inn at Acle, the Swan Inn in Loddon, the Maltsters at Ranworth, The Lion at Thurne and many more!
Salhouse Broad has a generous mooring area that leads to a small beach, a woodland walk and a park. It’s dog friendly and a great place to stop for a picnic.
If you need supplies (or icecream) take a break at Ludham Bridge or Potter Heigham Bridge where there are cafés and shops to explore.
The pretty village of Horning is often busy but well worth a short break if you can find space to moor. There’s a small green with a café that serves delicious local ice cream, several local shops and The Ferry Inn and The Swan Inn are both dog-friendly pubs whilst the New Inn welcomes dogs to the pretty outdoor terrace.
Coltishall also features a large green for ball throwing with the dog-friendly Rising Sun pub just a few steps away.
So are you ready to take your four-legged friends on Broadland adventure? Now you are! Have fun and be sure to tag us in your social media pictures.
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