Pubs which welcome four-legged friends are being encouraged to enter the annual Dog-friendly Pub Awards.

Run by Rover.com, the world's largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, it will take place for the fourth year in a bid to find the UK's most dog-friendly pub.

New research by Rover shows that 16 per cent of dog owners are millennials and 40 per cent wish they could spend more time with their dog. But 65 per cent of millennials are still struggling to find a dog-friendly establishment to hang out in - meaning they need to leave their dog at home or sacrifice the night out to spend time with their precious pooches.

Eilir and Charles Rogers, landlords at the 2018 Dog-friendly Pub Award winner The Dog at Grundisburgh in Suffolk, said: "We know that being dog-friendly is not just the right thing to do, it's good business too. Many of our regular younger customers come in with their dogs and we've even seen a rise in numbers of canine companions in the past year or so.

"Being able to bring your dog to the pub with you is really important. We've had customers in the past who say they'd have to get a dog-sitter or choose somewhere else. In the current climate, businesses need to do all they can to attract loyal customers and for pubs, one solution can be to become dog-friendly."

Simon Le Grice, marketing director at Rover added: "It is a great shame that pubs still ban dogs, and a missed opportunity for publicans. In an ideal world, we'd love for every pub in the UK to be dog-friendly.

"The Rover Dog-friendly Pub Awards celebrate pubs across the UK that welcome man's best friends and give them a happy and safe environment to hang out in."

Nominations are now open. Visit pubs.rover.com/add-a-pub/ and complete a short nomination form.

Voting closes on Wednesday, November 6. Winners will be announced on Wednesday November 20. The public can vote by visiting www.pubs.rover.com.

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