If you're travelling with your dog, there's a good chance you're going to have to stay the night somewhere that's not home. Luckily, there are lots of dog-friendly hotels across the world that will let your furry friend stay with you in your room.
It's always nice to have your dog alongside you no matter where you lay your head, but it can be helpful to do some research. Here are some of our useful tips for a successful hotel stay with your pooch.
Before you show up to a hotel, make sure that it is a pet-friendly hotel. Check the hotel's website, then call the front desk before you make a reservation to ensure that they'll welcome your pup. Ask if there are any size restrictions for dogs, and also what kind of deposit or feel you'll have to pay to bring a pet. This way, you can ensure you're properly prepared to check both you and your dog in.
Chances are, you're going to have to go in and out of your hotel room and the hotel pretty frequently so that your dogs can go to the bathroom. Ask the hotel if you can have a room close to an exit, so that you can pop right outside when your dog is ready to go out, and so that you don't have to spend a lot of time wandering through long hallways.
If you have someone travelling with you, ask them to watch your pup when you check in. Then, go into the room and scope it out before you bring your dog in. You want to remove any potential hazards or things he could get into. Make sure there's no food on the floor or anything he could eat that has been left behind. If you're not travelling with someone, keep your dog in a crate or carrier briefly while you do this inspection.
Your dog may go stir crazy without a big yard to romp and play in. Bring his favourite dog toys to keep him entertained at the hotel. Kongs are a great way to provide treats but still keep your dog stimulated and playing.
Spare your dog and the housekeeping staff any unpleasant surprises by using the "Do Not Disturb" sign. You don't want either party to freak out at an accidental encounter.
Just in case your dog gets into any trouble away from home, bring some first aid supplies to protect him. This means you should bring any medicines he might need, like allergy medications that can help any reactions on the skin. Also, bring along the name and number of your vet as well as information about an emergency vet you can contact while you're in town, in case your dog ends up needing any unexpected medical care.
If for some reason you weren’t able to find a great housesitter for your furry friend, and you're on the road with your pup, it can be both convenient and fun to have your dog stay in a hotel room with you. However, you want to make sure you and your pup are prepared for the stay so that the whole night is comfortable and safe for everyone. By doing a little prep before you go and being mindful while you're there, you'll ensure a great adventure for everyone involved.