Cornwall is one of the most dog friendly places to visit in the UK, so there’s no wonder it’s where we choose to take The Scamps each year.
No matter which town you visit, you’ll be able to find a whole host of activities, bars, restaurants and shops that will greet your dog before they do you – and we’re totally okay with that.
And when staying in Cornwall with dogs, it’s only fair to do a bit of holiday shopping for them, too. That’s why we’ve sniffed out three of the best dog shops in the county, with great views of the harbour, dog ice cream in the freezer, a whole host of treats and toys, and accessories look their best on their staycation.
These are the three dog shops we love to visit when staying in Cornwall.
Slickers Doghouse, Padstow
If you’re planning on spending the day in Padstow with your pooch, then a peanut butter ice cream from Slickers Doghouse is a must to keep them cool. Slickers, which opened in 2017, overlooks the harbour on North Quay, and finds itself en route to the beach, in the perfect location for passing puppers.
Lisa Hope’s lovely little shop is packed full of eco-friendly and sustainable products, including brands we love, like Beco and Goodchaps. We ended up buying two Beco hemp rope toys, as well as a Goodchaps goody box and some of the homemade peanut butter ice cream for the dogs to enjoy at the harbour.
Also at Slickers, you’ll find a selection of collars and leads, Woofins, treats and chews from brands like Green and Wilds and Anco. Not only that, but their centre shelving unit is packed full of pawfumes and grooming products, and you can stock up on poo bags, too!
The Pet Centre, Newquay
Part of the shop is dedicated to baskets of pick and mix natural chews, like ears, antlers and necks, with a whole wall of toys to choose from. There’s also an aisle of health supplements and grooming products, and more packaged treats and biscuits.
The Pet Centre also sell online, and have a mystery treat box you can buy monthly, ranging from £10 to £100, with shipping all over the UK!
I bought Phoebe and Frank a bag of Ostrich Carnilove treats to reward with whilst out and about, as we’d forgotten our usual treats. I also picked up two rope balls for £2.99 each, which kept them really good in the caravan, as well as a bottle of salmon oil to add to their breakfasts. We used the Broadreach Nature one previously, and the Scamps loved it, so it was well worth picking up a bottle.
Karl bought Winston a football on a rope, which the dogs enjoyed chasing around at Chapel Farm Secure Dog Field – not that it lasted too long with three American Bulldogs, mind you.
Perran Pooch Wear, Perranporth
Perran Pooch Wear has been a part of this seaside village for over a decade, but only moved to it’s larger unit on the main road in 2018, where it’s gone ‘from strength to strength’.
You can find Perran Pooch Wear at 3 St Pirans Road, around the corner from the beach. The shop sells a number of toys your dog could take to the beach, as well as lifeguard hoodies for your dog.
We noticed a real mix of brands in Perran Pooch Wear, catering to all dog-owner budgets, starting with Pedigree Dentastix, up to brands like The Barking Bakery.
Gail, who runs the shop, said: “Perran Pooch-Wear strives to provide a happy, healthy, dog friendly environment with fully informed, trained staff, capable of offering product knowledge and providing a range of services for dogs and their owners.”