Staying in a Hotel with Your Dog
Spring is here, Summer is just around the corner. Are you planning on travelling with Rolf the poodle? Lots of dog lovers enjoy a trip with their canine friend but might be nervous about what to expect. What do you do if you can’t take your dog with you on every day of the break? Here are some simple tips for a successful hotel stay with your dog.
Of course, your pooch is one of a kind, but these tips should be considered when facing a night or two away from home:
- Poorly, injury-recovering, or pregnant dogs need to stay at home. A hotel isn't the place for sick pets.
- Keep up to date with the jabs, just to be safe. Some hotels will ask for proof, just to make sure.
- Microchipping is the law but if you didn't know, get it done before you go. A lost dog is an unhappy dog. If your dog is already chipped, make sure your home details are up-to-date!
- Obedience level has to be assessed: can they travel well?
- Is your dog well trained? Do they bark at any noises? If so, could they really cope with the maids in the morning?
- At a bare minimum, they need to be toilet trained. Most pets will have one accident in their time but if it's happened since the puppy days, can you trust not waking up to a surprise?
Nearly every dog-friendly hotel will have rules for you and dog. They will be fairly strict so make sure you read them. Remember the rules are not there to be a kill-joy but to keep you and other guests happy.
Normally the rules are:
- No more than 1-2 dogs per room.
- A Pet Policy will need to be signed.
- A lead will be required outside the room at most locations.
- Don’t expect to be allowed in food areas or by a pool.
- You’ll need to request housekeeping times, they won’t normally enter when your pet is present.
- Hotel management has the discretion to ask you to end your holiday early if your dog is being naughty.
- Human or dog damage will incur additional fees and there is no point saying "well she doesn't do that at home".
- Read the terms. Some hotels will charge a non-refundable pet fee to cover additional cleaning etc.
Planning is necessary to ensure a fabulous stay that satisfies you, your dog, and the hotel management. Here are some tips to safeguard the situation:
- Check and confirm the hotel’s policies before you make a reservation.
- Bring chews, lots of them. Leave the squeaky ball at home.
- If you can, get a ground floor room. It will make life easier.
- Bring a blanket for the bed or couch. Dogs like to be reminded of home, the same as we do.
- Is your dog crate trained? Take the crate.
- Use the “do not disturb” sign, it will make life loads easier.
- Don’t leave your dog unattended if you can help it.
If you've never booked a trip with your dog before then do a trial run of a night away, try and book one that’s close to home, just in case you need to bail out. If you’re really unsure and need advice then give us a call, we are more than happy to help. We allow doggy breaks any day of the week. You can find more here.