This company is hiring dogs and their owners to go on holidays together

Canine Cottages has announced that applications are now open for its fourth annual 'Canine Critics' competition.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 7th September 2021

It was the dream job that everyone raced to stick an application in for last year, and now it’s back again for 2021.

After one of its most successful years to date in 2020, Canine Cottages has announced that applications are now open for its fourth annual ‘Canine Critics‘ competition, where dogs and their owners can battle for one of 10 coveted positions to act as the company’s “paws on the ground” that are responsible for reviewing cottage holidays, getting involved on social media, and sniffing out the very best adventures across the UK.

What is it that makes the role of a Canine Critic so popular then?

Well, the rewards for becoming a Canine Critic include a £1,000 voucher for a cottage holiday, and a doggy bag that’s full to the brim with treats.

Lucky winners will also be quite-rightly celebrated on the Canine Cottages website and will get to appear regularly across the company’s active social media channels.


In its debut year, Canine Critics received just over 7,000 applications, followed by 50,000 in its second year, but in 2020, when the popularity of staycations were at an all-time high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were more than 60,000 applicants.

“Canine Critics 2020 was just the light-hearted fun we all needed, and it’s been a pleasure to send so many beautiful pups on their holidays this year to explore what the UK has to offer,” said Shannon Kear, PR & Communications Manager at Canine Cottages.


“Although the judging process is never easy, the last litter of critics have been wonderful, and we’ve all got to know and love each of them.

“So this year, we’re recruiting another 10 four-legged friends to join our pack and explore with their humans, giving their paw of approval to our canine-friendly properties.”

One of last year’s winners – Ronnie – had a fantastic time being a Canine Critic.


Former Canine Critic Ronnie’s pup-parent commented: “We’ve loved being a part of the Canine Critics team. Such beautiful homes in beautiful places – the hardest part is picking one out of the amazing selection [but] we love visiting new places and exploring hidden gems so we can’t wait to share our experiences with other adventure-seeking dog owners.

“The team are so helpful and their customer service is second to none.

“Being a Canine Critic is a fantastic experience and will leave us with memories to cherish forever.”

How could you pass up on this perfect staycation opportunity?

It couldn’t be easier to stick an application in either, as all you’ll need to do is fill out a simple application form and provide a photo of you and your furry friend to be in with a chance of being picked.


This year, Ali Taylor – Battersea’s Head of Canine Behaviour and star of ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs – will be joining the panel to judge the rescue category.

You can apply via the Canine Cottages website here.

Featured Image – Canine Cottages