Dogs can be great hotel guests and can make the other guests and staff happy by offering a wagging tail, happy face, and a few kisses. They also don’t steal towels, take the little shampoo bottles, or try to steal the paintings off the walls. When traveling with your dog, plan ahead and make reservations and let them know you have a pup with you. When you get to your hotel room, don’t forget your manners.
Here are 7 etiquette tips when staying at a hotel with your dog:
1: Bring a crate or carrier – when you do need to leave your dog in the hotel room alone, crate him to keep him out of trouble. But don’t leave your dog alone for long periods of time. He’s in a strange place, new sounds, new smells, and new people. This could make him nervous. Some hotels ask that dogs not be left alone at all in the room. If that is the case, you may want to opt for finding a boarding facility nearby for him.
2: Make sure your dog has gone potty before settling in for the night – you don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night to a bad smell in the room and cleaning the stain could be gross for the staff. Plus, you’ll be charged on your credit card for it. Several potty breaks a day will help make sure your pup doesn’t get thrown off schedule and stays housebroken in a strange place.
3: Don’t forget to treat your dog for fleas and ticks – this isn’t just for when you are traveling but definitely make sure your dog doesn’t leave any guests behind or in your car, in your suitcase, or bring any home after the trip is over.
4: Check the hotel policies before staying there – if there is a pet fee, be aware of it before you stay so you’re not surprised when checking out and paying. It’ll save you and the staff surprises about extra fees or a higher bill than you expected.
5: Don’t wash your dog in the hotel tub – fur in the drain, dirt on the walls, and a soggy dog can create a mess for the staff to clean up. If your dog gets dirty on a hike through the local national park, look up a dog washing facility and take him there. Many of those places have a self-wash station and dryers so your pup is clean, dry, and returns to the hotel looking fabulous.
6: Bring your own dog supplies – don’t use the ice bucket as a water bowl, the towels as a pet bed, or the remote control as a chew toy. Bringing some items from home can help relieve any anxiety your dog may have being in a new place. Don’t forget the dog bowls, their bedding, toys, and treats.
7: Check with the hotel that they, in fact, do accept dogs – sneaking your dog into your hotel room can mean that you both get thrown out. Then what to do?!