A Valentine’s Day date with your dog!

by Natalie Glew // February 2018

If you’re looking for the perfect places around Hertfordshire to take your four-legged Valentine along with you this February 14th, look no further! We have put together a little guide to some of our favourite dog walks and dog-friendly pubs in Hertfordshire:

  • Take a walk through Rothamsted Park in Harpenden- with a path lined either side with huge trees and plenty of lovely open green space, you and your dog will love it here! Take the path that leads to West Common and you will find The White Horse pub which allows dogs in the bar and part of the seated restaurant area. It’s lovely and cosy and they are very hospitable to dogs.

  • Enjoy St Alban’s Gorhambury walk which leads you through Gorhambury Estate or go for a longer walk all the way to The Verulamium Park and back. Either route you choose, a short stroll or a longer hike- The Prae Wood Arms, is a lovely big pub and restaurant to start or finish at, in a pretty countryside setting. Being able to take your dog is the icing on the cake!

  • The George and Dragon in Graveley, near Hitchin, not only allow dogs in the bar area, with cosy fires, they even have their own special dog menu (photographed with Oz the Alaskan Malamute). Across the road, following Church Lane, is a public footpath for a nice walk with your dog.

  • Following a little wander in the Howard Park and Gardens, in Letchworth Garden City, which is also the location of our newest Dog School classes coming to Hertfordshire (The Mrs Howard Memorial Hall will hold Saturday morning classes), why not stop at Garden City Brewery? They have said:

    A friendly and warm welcome guaranteed for dogs and owners alike; strokes and tummy tickling optional (dogs only). Water bowls and bonios provided free of charge”- sounds good to us!

  • We love a walk at Heartwood Forest, and when Spring comes along the carpet of bluebells is always a beautiful sight- and great for photo opportunities with your dog! A short drive up the road and you will find The Rose and Crown in Sandridge, which has a friendly feel and dogs are allowed throughout.

  • Take a walk with your dog that includes plenty of history around the amazingly peaceful little village of Ayot St Lawrence. Walks from the village centre are signposted well, with a few places of interest on the route - including the former home of George Bernard Shaw. The Brocket Arms in Ayot St Lawrence is a great spot to stop off with your dog after a nice countryside walk, it has cosy fires and food is served.

  • The little village of Lemsford, near Welwyn, has some lovely walks and just around the corner is The Crooked Chimney, which has a big dog friendly bar area, with a cosy log fire, where food is also served (delicious meals for the humans and a little jar of biscuits at the bar for the four-legged friends).

Remember, some dogs may really enjoy visiting new places and being around other dogs and people, whilst others might be happier being left at home whilst you go out. To enjoy taking your dog along with you, make sure your dog is comfortable in busier environments and have space to move away if necessary.

Our Dog School training classes held in Harpenden, Stevenage and Letchworth Garden City will help with lots of skills that will support your dog with being well-mannered, confident and calm in new surroundings. Following the handy video tutorial on how to encourage your dog to settle (found here: http://www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk/training/i-want-to-train-my-dog/settle/ ) with time and practice, you will eventually be able to take your dogs to new places and when you want to talk to friends and family and relax in a pub, café or restaurant, your dog will begin to settle down and just relax too!

Sounds great, doesn’t it? If you want to learn more about this, our classes offer plenty of opportunities to learn and practice, along with much more that will help you and your dog enjoy life around Hertfordshire and beyond!

To enquire about our dog training classes around Hertfordshire, please email us at hertsdogschool@dogstrust.org.uk or call us on 01582 807524!

We would love to see where you and your dog have been visiting- tweet us pictures or stories of your dog settling in different places @DogSchoolHerts or tag us on Instagram: @dogschoolhertfordshire