A recent survey indicates Americans own more pets than ever before. About 62% of US households now own a pet and almost 78% of those households are traveling the skyways and byways with their furry companions. Couple that survey with the results of our recent poll asking readers how they travel with their pets: 73% are most likely to stay in a pet friendly hotel/motel. That’s a lot of pets staying in pet friendly hotels! And it’s a sign that the hospitality industry is welcoming the growing market of people who prefer to travel with their pets.
I don’t know about you, but when I pay good money for a motel/hotel room, the last thing I want is a dog within hearing-range waking me up in the middle of the night. [GPF note: In the middle of the night? Seriously? If a dog is barking in the middle of the night, it may be because something bad is going on, and you WANT to be woken up.]
After being shoved in the car for so long, the dog will want to run, play, bark, make noise… Hotels rarely have the play space needed for a game of fetch or a walk that’s longer than the parking lot. If pet-friendly hotels offered a fenced-in play area, I think the noise would be drastically reduced.
If I’m doing things the dog can do with me and therefore accompany me, like parks, dog-friendly beaches, hiking, visiting family, going to pet-friendly cafes, etc., I will bring them. If they must stay in the room alone, then no. It’s not fair to the dogs or the people.
I have been kept awake many more times by humans than by dogs; in fact I can recall anytime I’ve been kept awake by a dog barking in a hotel. I think that most owners who travel with their pets, in my experience, have well socialized dogs used to new environments.
This is why you ask if a hotel is pet friendly before you make a reservation, and if it is, you stay someplace else. Not too hard to figure that out, is it? [GPF note: There’s always someone who is into possibility thinking!]
People who leave a pet unattended in a hotel are inconsiderate morons. [GPF note: OK, then there’s the other side of the coin.]
I also stay in hotels frequently for business purposes – and I have been kept awake by disturbances from rambunctious children and partying adults far more often than barking dogs. By kids running up and down halls, or people who are arriving late or leaving early slamming doors and talking loudly in the hallway. The TV turned up so loud.
Even if your pet doesn’t make a sound…it DOES leave allergens in the room for the next person to suffer with, no matter HOW clean you think it is. How is that fair to the next person who stays in the room? This is the argument for limiting pets to certain rooms, and for informing subsequent guests in those rooms that the room they’re being assigned for the night isn’t appropriate if they are allergic. [GPF note: Gesundheit!]
Comeback Tomorrow –
In my follow up post, I will provide some tips for people hoteling with their pets. In the meantime, let us and others know what you think. Barking dogs keep you awake in hotels? Are kids worse than dogs? Got pet allergies? Personally … I hate elevator traffic and ice machines.