For many people the best holiday is a holiday which includes the family dog. The dog, of course, has other requirements and wishes in terms of a holiday than its owners, but this needn’t be a problem as long as you plan ahead.
If you are travelling to Denmark with a dog, there are a number of legal requirements that must be complied with. These involve requirements concerning vaccinations, pet passport and ID marking. Certain breeds of dog are prohibited in Denmark including the Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Bulldog.
The dog is the most popular pet in Denmark, with more than 550,000 as family pets. As a result, the majority of campsites, hotels and many holiday homes welcome dogs. You can take dogs with you on public transport and most shops have a hook on which to attach the dogs lead while you are inside browsing the goods. Also most towns and villages have fresh water bowls places around the town. Dog poop bags are also provided free of charge at most popular walking locations and off the lead parks.
The countryside is also a great place for adventure for both you and your four legged friend. The dog will love a walk in the woods, a dash on the beach or darting in and out the dune plantations, but remember that your dog must be kept on a lead. The Danes are all for protecting the wildlife in the forest or the cattle in the farm lands. At the top of Denmark there are off the lead dog parks, which are enclosed areas in which dogs can run off the lead. You can find the nearest off lead dog park at hundeskovene.dk or download the app that gives directions. Dogs may run off the lead at the beach during the winter season, which runs from 1 October to 1 April. Both at the beach and in the dog park, however, its a prerequisite that you are able to control your dog so that it does not bother other people and dogs.
Danes’ have a great interest in dogs, which is a great facilitator for striking up a conversation with other dog owners and mixing with locals. The most popular breed of dog in Denmark are German Shepherd, Labrador and Golden Retriever.
We entered Denmark from Germany and there were no boarder controls or checks. As a result, the dogs passport was never checked and during our stay, we were never asked to provide and ID or information.