Take Your Best Friend on a Trip to These 11 Dog-Loving Countries With Open-Paw Policies

From providing us with companionship and unconditional love to being our source of exercise and outdoor recreation, dogs have become an integral part of our lives. And it’s only right that we can return the favor by taking them on our travels. If you’re looking to really make your pup feel at home while abroad, then visiting one of these 11 most dog-friendly countries is your best bet.

1. Scotland

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With some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery, Scotland is the perfect place for you and your pup to adventure together. Dogs are allowed on almost all public transportation, and most pubs and restaurants accept canine customers, meaning you won’t have to worry about leaving your pup behind while you grab a bite to eat. “I have a whole series of photos of my husband hanging out with dogs we met in pubs on our trip,” recalls a woman.

2. France

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Surprisingly, countless dog owners cite France as the most dog-friendly country globally. Pups aren’t just accepted there; they’re welcomed – in fact, it’s not unusual for dogs to be seen eating meals alongside their owners everywhere, from street kiosks to elegant restaurants. France ranks as the best country for dogs according to an online forum. 

3. Switzerland

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Some countries have gun laws, some have free speech restrictions, and others have dog laws! However, Switzerland prioritizes your pet at the top of its governing list. “The Swiss take pet ownership very seriously—before you can own a dog, the government recommends a training course for first-time owners (and it was once a legal requirement),” explains one traveler.

4. Croatia

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It’s no surprise Croatia is a haven for dogs, considering the breed Dalmatians was originally named after the city of Dalmatia. Year-round, Croatia is friendly to dogs and humans, as the breathtaking scenery, captivating beaches, and pleasant climate can’t be beaten.

5. Israel

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I wouldn’t blame you if Israel isn’t on your radar as dog-friendly, but it’s one of the best countries to visit and live with a canine! Tel Aviv, one of the most populated cities in Israel, boasts one dog for every seventeen people, claiming the world’s highest rate of dogs per capita.

6. Sweden

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If your pup is lucky enough to live in Sweden, they are indeed the envy of all pets worldwide. One Swiss citizen praises her country’s attitude towards our canine companions: “Not only are Swedish dogs allowed to walk without leashes, but the government even limits how long dogs can be in crates,” she reveals. As far as activities go, you and your dog can visit old fortresses, botanical gardens, camping grounds, and gourmet restaurants.

7. Czech Republic

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The Czech’s Republic naturally beautiful landscape and easily walkable roadways make it a perfect place to own a dog. Furthermore, well-trained dogs don’t need to be leashed in public spaces, with many restaurants and movie theaters allowing these pups to join their humans on date night. How cool is that? 

8. Netherlands

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Anyone who’s visited the Netherlands reports the same thing: It’s exceptionally dog-friendly! Countless travelers admit the country rolls out the proverbial red carpet for canines. “Wherever you go, you’ll be able to travel there by public transportation, dog by your side,” says one man. “Holland loves animals so much that the country even offers discounted health insurance rates for vegans and vegetarians.” As if any of us needed even more reason to visit the Netherlands, right?

9. Germany

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Dogs in Germany have more than just a few special privileges – they have rights! Germany has a strict no-kill policy, while many cities have giant animal sanctuaries that house animals of all shapes and sizes – unwanted dogs included. So dogs are a vital part of daily life in Germany, to say the least. 

10. Canada

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If you live in the United States, you won’t have to travel far to find a country that puts pups on a pedestal. Canada has some of the most dog-friendly cities in the world! Vancouver is home to eight dog-friendly beaches, and a pet-friendly ski resort, and Calgary houses more off-leash spaces than any other city in North America,” explains one expert. 

11. Italy

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From huge metropolises like Rome to smaller fishing towns in Sicily, Italy is home to some of the most dog beaches in Europe. So think about it: What’s better than you and your furry buddy relaxing on a beach together while you sip on an Aperol spritz? Nothing!

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