LIVING IN SPAIN WITH YOUR PETS

Long evenings, mild temperatures, countryside and/or seaside walks, makes Spain one of the best places in the world especially if you’re a dog. Even though Spain still has a problem with hunting with dogs and Galgo’s (Spanish Sight Hounds), today’s generation are fighting to end this barbaric practice and are making their voices heard.  Today’s pet owner in Spain appreciates the finer things in life for their ‘fur babies’.

Whether you’re a proud owner of a Bichon Frise or a Boa Constrictor, Marbella has a shop for you stocking toys with bling, organic treats, designer beds or personalised handbags to carry them in while you shop.  In Puerto Banus you can find an outlet called Dogmopolitan selling everything for your aristocratic Persian or pampered pooch.  For a more practical solution to pet ownership Mascota Planet has everything for cat, dog, parrot, fish, hamster, tortoise, reptile and ferret, with branches in San Pedro de Alcantara and Marbella business park, as well as a website delivering to all areas of Spain and Portugal.  Good grooming parlours offer a specialised service for your dog.  Oh My Dog offers a bespoke hairdressing and pampering service as well as a pet hotel and dog walking service.  If you want to learn how to groom your pet at home, make a visit to Posh Pets Spain inland at Alhaurin el Grande for canine beauty training!  Unfortunately, during the summer months, dogs are not welcome of the beaches of the Costa de Sol, but recently, special dog beaches have been designated as dog friendly, where you can walk and swim without fear of being fined.  Check out this useful website http;//redcanina.es/mapa-de-las-playas-para-perros-en-espana-2016/. Inland, councils are recognising that pets need a bit of freedom off the lead, and are allocating spaces where you can exercise your dog over agility courses or parkland.  In central Marbella, the dog park is situated on Calle Tarifa behind El Capricho commercial centre and in San Pedro de Alcantara part of the popular Parque Tres Jardines has also been allocated for dogs.

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