Traveling with your pet can be fun for everyone with a little planning. It’s important to understand the rules before you go so your trip can be as smooth as possible.
I love this little antidote about a man who wanted to travel with his dog (author unknown).
A man wrote a letter to a hotel: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me?”
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, linens, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. We’ve never had a dog that smoked in bed and set fire to the blankets. We’ve never had a dog who played the TV too loud or had a fight with his traveling companion. So, if your dog can vouch for you, you’re welcome, too!”
Here are a few tips to make your travels with pets a bit easier.
The hotel website might say it allows pets, but be sure to call ahead anyway. Sometimes a policy change takes place but a website update doesn’t. The last thing you want is to show up only to be told that a particular hotel doesn’t follow the chain policy for pets.
Many hotels have weight limits and even pet type restrictions. This policy seems to be in place to discourage very large dogs, as most weight limits seem to hover around 25 pounds. It’s unlikely they will actually ask to weigh your dog at check in, but if you know your pooch goes over the limit be sure to get permission in place before hand.
It can help to speak directly to a manger, especially if you explain that your dog is well behaved and won’t be left alone in the hotel room.
No one would enjoy a vacation if they heard a dog barking at all hours. Goodness, even people can be loud and annoying with their behaviors in hotels, so being considerate is rule number one.
If you know your dog is prone to bark, especially when left alone, make sure you don’t leave them alone in the room. Even well trained dogs can bark in new environments, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Do your best to minimize barking though, even if a hotel is pet friendly they can still ask guests to leave for any reason.
There are usually extra fees involved in having your pet stay at a hotel. Make sure you ask if the fee is one time (at the end of the stay), or if it is an added nightly fee. This fee will vary depending on the hotel.
You may also be asked for a deposit. The deposit is there to protect the hotel from damage that a pet may cause to the room. The deposit is given back to you at checkout if all is well.
Nothing is worse for other pet owners than those who want to ruin it for everyone. Be courteous and clean up after your pet. Follow the rules of the hotel. Help pet travelers gain a reputation for being guests hotels want to have.
Have fun, and safe travels!