It has become more common for hotels to welcome well-behaved pets. Some hotels offer all pet-friendly rooms, while other hotels have certain rooms that they allow pets to stay in. This can make life so much easier when you have a dog. However, there are still some tips to follow when you stay in a hotel with your dog.
Make Sure They’re Up-To-Date on Flea Treatments
While you would hope all dogs staying in the hotel are free from fleas, there is a chance another guest could bring some fleas along. So, before your stay, make sure your dog is up-to-date on their flea treatment. This way, if they do encounter fleas at the hotel, the pests won't hitch a ride and come home with you. The treatment will also make sure your dog isn't the one who brings fleas to the hotel, which is simply good etiquette.
Don’t Leave Your Dog Loose and Alone in the Room
If you have to leave the hotel to go to dinner, attend a work meeting, or do something else, make sure you don't leave your dog loose in the hotel room. Dogs can behave oddly in unfamiliar places. For instance, even if your dog has never chewed anything before, they might chew the curtains in the hotel room when left alone. Bring your dog's crate, and crate them if you have to leave them alone in the hotel room.
Check the Fees First
Most hotels that welcome dogs do charge an extra fee to guests who bring dogs. This is typical to cover the extra cleaning that needs to be done after a dog stays in the room, and also for incidentals — like chewed curtains! Make sure you check what these fees are before your stay so your bill does not surprise you.
Don’t Let Your Dog Bark
At a pet-friendly hotel, the other guests will probably expect to encounter dogs and hear the occasional bark. But you still don't want your dog to bark excessively and keep people awake. So, bring along whatever toys and treats you think will keep your dog busy and distract them when they're tempted to go on a barking spree.
Pet-friendly hotels have made traveling with dogs so much easier, but it's still important to be mindful of your dogs' needs and the other guests' needs during your stay. Follow the tips above, and you'll be set.