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Hotel Etiquette for Dogs

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Planning to take your dog along on vacation? Remember that how you and your pet behave will determine whether or not you are invited back. Your behavior may also have an effect on other travelers. Keeping a hotel pet-friendly relies on proper etiquette when away from home. Many previous pet-loving hotels have closed their doors to our animal companions due to the misbehavior of others.

Etiquette Tips for Vacation

  • It goes without saying that all vacationing pets must be well-trained. If your dog tends to have accidents when he's nervous or barks when left alone, do everyone a favor and reconsider taking him on vacation.

  • Never arrive with an unannounced pet – even if you think your visit worked out fine at this same hotel last year. Things may have changed in a year and the hotel may no longer accept pets.

  • Make sure your pet has reliable identification. Tags are not enough. Tattoos or microchips are more secure. Carry veterinary records and a recent color photo of your pet – just in case.

  • Pack a doggy bag. Bring along your pet's favorite toys and blanket. Include grooming tools and a dependable lint remover to limit nervous shedding. If you're not sure that your pet's regular food is available at your destination, bring it with you.

  • Always keep your dog on a leash when you leave the hotel room. Free roaming pets can create much havoc and may result in a need to find alternative hotel arrangements.

  • Be very careful when leaving the hotel room. In mere seconds, your precious but frazzled baby can dash out the door and disappear.

  • Bring your own food and water dishes and don't let food sit out uneaten. This attracts insects that can cause problems for the hotel owners after you are gone.

  • Clean up after your dog during walks.

  • Barking and scratching are unacceptable. Before you travel, make sure your dog can be quiet if left alone for any period of time.

  • Pets that have a tendency to bite would be better left at home unless it's a vacation that does not include hotel stays.

  • Remember, if you leave your dog in the hotel room while you visit the city, the maid will need to have access to the room. Either confine your pet to a carrier or make special arrangements to clean the room.

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