Even if you travel all the time, you know that staying in hotels with dogs can get really stressful! There is just so much that can go wrong, that it’s easy to be on edge leading up to your trip. Before you start planning your getaway, be sure and ask yourself a few questions. Once you ask those and prepare yourself for what may be to come, you will be more prepared for your trip.
What questions should you be asking yourself? Well, things like “Will they welcome my dog?” “Will my dog behave?” “Are there rules specific toward canine visitors?” are great things to know before you head out. Having the answers to these questions can help make your trip a more stress free one.
Table of Contents
- 1 10 tips for staying in hotels with dogs
- 1.1 Call ahead
- 1.2 Think about your dog’s preferences
- 1.3 Think about your preferences
- 1.4 Find out what the hotel offers
- 1.5 Make sure your room has easy outdoor access
- 1.6 Make sure your dog is properly trained
- 1.7 Pack food, treats, toys, and blankets
- 1.8 Go for a walk
- 1.9 Stick to a routine
- 1.10 Don’t leave your dog alone
10 tips for staying in hotels with dogs
Following these tips will help ensure you have a good trip with your furry friend!
I know that many people think dogs should be allowed anywhere. Unfortunately, they are not. A simple phone call or even a Google search can give you the answer as to whether or not you can bring your dog with you.
You may be tempted to, but don’t leave it up to chance. Just call the hotel ahead and make sure that dogs are welcome. It’s okay if they are not, there will be other hotels that welcome your dog. Do not, under any circumstances, try and sneak your pet into the hotel with you. First of all, that’s just not cool. Second, you can be kicked out and then what will you do?
Some hotels may have size or breed restrictions. You should also check to see if they have any other requirements. For example, you may need to keep your dog in a crate if you are leaving your room. So, make sure that you pack everything that may be needed.
Think about your dog’s preferences
Your dog likely has preferences and even triggers. Make sure the hotel that you are booking is something you think your dog will be comfortable with. If your dog is used to quiet and outdoors, look for a hotel that is a bit more spacious with outdoor space. If your dog is a social butterfly, you may feel a little more comfortable to book a room in a busy, more urban hotel.
Think about your preferences
Yes, you want your dog to be comfortable, but you need to be comfortable too! No one wants to stay in a hotel they hate. Am I right?
Find out what the hotel offers
Okay, so yes you have confirmed that your dog is allowed but exactly how dog friendly is the hotel? Some hotels are comfortable saying that dogs are welcome, but some hotels are very, very dog friendly. Some hotels offer dog beds, food bowls and more. Double check so you know what to expect.
Make sure your room has easy outdoor access
Before your trip, be sure to call and find out what room you will be getting and be sure and request a room that allows you to have easy access to the outdoors so your doggy potty trips aren’t a big production.
Make sure your dog is properly trained
This one should be a given, but let’s talk about it anyway. When hotels allow dogs to stay, they are making the assumption that your dog is house trained and will not be having accidents in the room. Make sure that your dog is fully trained before you take them to stay anywhere.
Additionally, make sure that they are well socialized. A hotel is going to have other people in it, and likely other dogs. If you are taking your dog, be sure that they are well behaved around other people and pets.
Pack food, treats, toys, and blankets
To keep your dog happy, be sure to bring a blanket or two at home, so your dog can have a comfortable item with the smells of home. Also be sure to bring along your dog’s regular food, treats, and toys with you.
Also, don’t forget their food and water dishes too (these collapsible travel ones are my fave!).
Go for a walk
As soon as you get to the hotel, grab the leash and head out for a walk! This will get your dog the exercise and fresh air that they need, plus it will get them more comfortable with their surroundings.
Stick to a routine
Do you have a routine at home? If your dog is used to a routine, be sure and follow it while you are at a hotel. If your dog is used to going outside to potty at 5:30 am, then be sure and be ready to head out at 5:30. Dog’s don’t care that you are on vacation. They need their structure.
Don’t leave your dog alone
Do not, under any circumstances, leave your dog alone in the hotel room unless you are 100% sure that your dog is happy to have you leave. Dogs can be very destructive when they are anxious and trust me, you do not want your dog damaging a hotel room.
These tips will definitely help keep your trip low stress and enjoyable!