The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards
Brand new awards scheme to recognise places in the New Forest where dogs feel welcomed
The New Forest and Solent shore are perfect for dog walks and it's little wonder that the area attracts many visitors and locals with four-legged friends. In fact the New Forest is doggy heaven for well behaved dogs.
Have you and your dog discovered a really dog-friendly business that is worth celebrating? The New Forest Dog Friendly Awards is your opportunity to nominate your favourite dog friendly businesses in the New Forest area.
Awards for dog friendly places to stay, eat, drink and shop
There are seven categories, including accommodation, shops and places to eat or drink. Any business in this category can be nominated - as long as they are in the New Forest, Lymington and New Milton area.
It is easy to nominate a business for the 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards, which will be open for nominations until midnight on 31 October 2018. There will be awards for the winners and runners up in each category.
First of all, select the category below and click on the link which will take you to our Directory of local businesses:
Most dog friendly SHOP in the New Forest
Most dog friendly HOLIDAY COTTAGE in the New Forest
Most dog friendly CAFE in the New Forest
Most dog friendly HOTEL in the New Forest
Most dog friendly PUB in the New Forest
Most dog friendly BED & BREAKFAST in the New Forest
Most dog friendly RESTAURANT in the New Forest
How to nominate a dog friendly business by 31 October 2018
Click on "Directory" and in the left hand search bar enter the name of the business you would like to nominate.
(If you cannot find the business you're looking for, get in touch - we will add it to the Directory, and will email you to confirm.)
To make your nomination:
Click on the business and then on WRITE A REVIEW
Then log in (if a new user click on "don't have an account" to register)
Don't forget to name your review #nfdogfriendly2018
Lymington.com will keep tabs on the nominations and will share regular updates. You can nominate as many local businesses as you like.
The New Forest Dog Friendly Awards were inspired by sponsor New Forest Tax Accountants.
The New Forest Dog Friendly Awards were the inspiration of 2018 sponsor, New Forest Tax Accountants.
"I often holiday with my dog Taki and really appreciate finding places to stay, eat and drink where Taki is welcomed with open arms. It makes such a difference to my holiday", explains Peter Lashmar, CEO of New Forest Tax Accountants.
"Over the years I've found it can be hard to find hotels, B&Bs and self-catered cottages that allow dogs, which has often made travelling with Taki difficult. Some pubs and restaurants claim to welcome dogs but then frown if you ask for a bowl of water to be put down for your thirsty pup. Others request that dogs and their owners stay outside, or in a separate room."
"The New Forest Dog Friendly Awards will recognise all the best places for dogs and their owners - and since the nominations are made by the general public, will be a fantastic guide for both locals and those visiting the area."
What makes a dog friendly business?
The New Forest Dog Friendly Awards give dog owners the opportunity to explain what makes a business dog friendly to them. Providing a bowl of fresh water, having dog food, treats or poop bags available - or even providing a dog cushion, there are many ways to make dogs feel welcome. Perhaps it will also be down to attitude as well - allowing well-behaved pooches to sit inside with their human family can be very important!
The importance of pets to people
The annual Pet Population Report revealed that 45 per cent of the population have a pet, with dogs the most popular choice – in fact 26 per cent of people in the UK own a dog. More than 90 per cent of pet owners say that owning a pet makes them feel happy, while 88 per cent feel that pet ownership improves their quality of life.* And an increasing number of people want to take their trusted companion with them when they go out and about and away on their holidays too. So all in all the New Forest Dog Friendly Awards are an exciting and relevant initiative.
We will be feeding back the results of the New Forest Dog Friendly Awards to local businesses, which may in turn help them to become more dog friendly. It will be interesting to read what you have to say!
So, what are you waiting for!
Click on the links above to nominate your favourite dog friendly businesses in the New Forest area.