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No one wants to be that dog owner … the one who leaves their pup alone in a hotel room and finds out later that the poor dog barked the whole time.
Not only is it heartbreaking to think of your dog being that upset, it’s embarrassing to know that you’re responsible for disturbing other guests. And it could be expensive if the hotel asks you and your dog to leave!
The real cost, though, could affect the entire pet travel community. Some hotels have chosen to stop welcoming canine guests due to problems with barking dogs.
Recently a hotel manager contacted me to remove his hotel listing from GoPetFriendly.com. When I asked why they decided to stop being pet-friendly, this was his response:
[Being pet friendly…] has cost us too much in guest satisfaction and in room rebates to other guests disturbed by barking dogs. This happens more often than we would like, and it’s pushed us to the brink.
I’m the first to rail against unreasonable pet fees, but I hadn’t considered the expenses hotels face in reimbursements to disgruntled guests. Those costs are undoubtedly being spread across all pet travelers in the form of higher pet fees – if the hotel decide to remain pet friendly at all!
So, what can we, as responsible pet travelers, do to be sure that we’re not spoiling the fun for everyone else? The tips below will ensure that your next hotel stay is pleasant for everyone.
Before you begin traveling together, you’ll need a good understanding of your dog’s tendencies and limitations. It’s your job to keep your dog out of situations he’s not ready to handle. So if your dog barks a lot at home, a hotel is probably not the right accommodation choice for you.
Dogs that bark a lot may be more comfortable staying in a pet-friendly rental property, bed and breakfast, cabin, or with family or friends. Any of these option will be quieter than a hotel, and staying with friends or family might mean there are people around to keep him company.
If your dog has the skills to do well in a hotel, you can avoid any chance that he’ll disturb others by not leaving him alone. Sitting by himself in a unfamiliar place that smells like strangers and has unusual noises coming from the hall wouldn’t be fun for any dog.
Instead, plan activities where your pup can join you, use room service or take-out for your meals, and have friends gather at your hotel rather than going out to meet them.
Another alternative would be to hire a pet sitter to stay with your pet while you’re out. The front desk may even have a list of local pet sitters they recommend.
Get some tips for finding the right pet sitter!
If you do need to leave your pet alone in a hotel room for a short period of time, these steps will help you and your dog avoid problems:
Staying in pet-friendly hotels is a privilege, and it’s our responsibility to avoid causing issues for the hotel or other guests. Do you have additional tips for keeping dogs quiet in hotel rooms? Leave a note in the comments below!
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