7 Pet-Friendly Hotel Etiquette Tips

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
It’s time for a vacation! If you’re renting a hotel room, you’ll want to make sure that your pooch is a good guest with these pet-friendly etiquette tips.

There’s nothing better than taking a well-deserved vacation… except for taking one with your canine companion in tow. Unfortunately, not all hotels are accepting of pets but there are an increasingly large number of hotel chains and independent hotels that open their arms to patrons with pooches. Even if a hotel is pet-friendly, however, there are certain rules you’ll be expected to follow. Here are out top seven pet-friendly hotel etiquette tips.

Etiquette Tips for Pet-Friendly Hotels

You should never assume that a hotel will accept your pet, even if they advertise themselves as a pet-friendly hotel. Many hotels that accept pets require an additional deposit or they set aside specific rooms for pet owners. To make sure that you and your canine companion have a pleasant and hassle-free stay, follow these seven etiquette tips:

  1. Make sure your dog is housetrained. Unless your dog is fully housetrained you shouldn’t be taking him anywhere except for a walk or to the vet. Even if you clean up after him, an accident could leave stains or unpleasant odors for the next guest.

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  1. Don’t bring any unwanted passengers. Before you take your dog to a hotel, make sure he is free from parasites like fleas and ticks – you don’t want to start an infestation or cause a problem for the next dog owner. You should also make sure he’s caught up on his shots so he doesn’t accidentally spread something to the next dog who stays in the room.
  2. Avoid leaving your dog alone. You may not be able to avoid leaving your dog alone for an hour or two at dinner time but try not to leave him alone all day. If your dog is uncomfortable in the room he may be prone to destructive behavior that could damage hotel property.
  3. Bring your own food and water bowls. Not only will bringing your dog’s own food and water bowls make him feel more at-home, but it is a lot more sanitary than using the hotel’s ice bucket. If you forget to bring your own, ask the hotel for special bowls to use.

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  1. Try to keep your dog from barking. While you might be immune to your dog’s incessant barking, your fellow hotel guests aren’t and it is very rude to let your dog bark all night. If you have to leave your dog alone in the room, make sure he has toys to keep him occupied so he doesn’t bark out of boredom.
  2. Be honest about your dog’s size. Some hotels have size or breed restrictions for dogs. As silly as it may seem to you, they exist for a reason so don’t lie about your dog’s size and try to sneak him past the front desk. If you’re honest with the hotel manager and can convince him that your dog won’t be a problem, he may let you keep him anyway.
  3. Clean up after your dog. This should be a no-brainer for all dog owners but some people still fail to clean up after their pets. Whether your dog is doing his business in the outdoor greenspace or he makes a mess in the room, clean up after him – it’s your responsibility.

If you’re planning to take a trip with your dog, plan ahead to ensure that your pet-friendly accommodations will be ready and waiting for you. Be sure to confirm your trip a few days out as well, just to make sure that everything is in order.

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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