8 Ways to Find Dog-Friendly Hotels
Posted on September 28, 2010 by WayCoolDogs
Eight ways to find dog friendly hotels is important to traveling dog owners. Recent studies show that dog owners travel with their dogs most of the time, and staying overnight at some type of pet friendly hotel is vital. Depending on the location, the city may list through a dog travel website specific dog hotels and dog-friendly events if it is a dog friendly city. Look for things for the dog owner and his pet to enjoy – dog-friendly attractions, outdoor dining guide for dogs, off leash dog parks, parks and hiking guides for dogs, or beach guides for dogs. If not dog friendly, you will see numerous “No Dogs Allowed” in public places.
Dog friendly hotels are increasing in numbers. Currently the tourist market is tough because of the fraught economy, forcing hotel tourist businesses to change their advertising tactics to survive — going out of their way to list their changing policies through dog websites naming dog friendly hotels . Market studies show that most traveling dog owners travel with their beloved pet[s] which has forced most hotels to accept dogs – with limitations.
There are special websites that keep track of what a pet friendly city has to offer, websites that offer information to traveling dog owners to help them find dog friendly hotels, dining guides, parks for exercise and dog-toileting facilities.
Some examples are Dog Friendly, an online dog travel website named by Forbes as the “Best of the Web” site, or Pet Travel that lists over 36,909 pet friendly spas, resorts, inns, beds and breakfasts as well as worldwide services. Knowing which websites to visit can help you easily find a dog-friendly city.
Places to check out dog-friendly hotels
1. Find a Pet-Friendly website that ranks 3 or higher on the Page Rank (PR) scale. Ranking 3 or higher means dog owners are using it a lot because of it quality information.
2. Use Site Luck, website http://www.siteluck.com, to check a particular dog friendly website’s ranking by inserting the URL of the selected or check below with some of ours, which has the PR listed. Any website can tell you they are number one or have all the answers — the PR number will tell you how true that statement actually is!
3. Use the PetSmart Store Locator with over 1000 store locations to help you find pet services for your location: veterinary, pet hotels, boarding, training, grooming, doggie day camp, or adoptions. Go to the PetSmart locator on their website and insert the address where you are staying at, city, state or zip code. You can choose from a 20 to 75 mile radius for surrounding pet-friendly businesses. The interactive map that comes up is accessible in different formats: map, satellite, or hybrid. At the bottom of the page are direct links to each of the service types you may be looking for instead of using the map.
4. Dog friendly hotels do not always mean they are always friendly to all dogs — a major misunderstanding among traveling dog owners. There are specific rules that certain hotels follow, which means not all dogs are accepted. The best thing to do is call the hotel directly and tell them what breed you have, how much it weighs, how tall it is and so on — getting it out in the open what the fee will be or if they will accept it.
5. Know what to expect when talking to a pet-friendly hotel.There are certain issues that some hotels are strict about: certain breeds are not allowed in the hotel — aggressive breeds; weight restrictions preferring dogs under ten pounds; prefer non-shedding dogs; and bathroom restrictions when dogs toilet outside (no “yellowing” of their manicured lawns).
6. Hotels have a specific pet security or pet fee, based on certain conditions. At PetTravel.com, there is a detailed list of each hotel and what they require from pet owners regarding their pets. For example, at AmeriSuites, the policy is (1) service animals accompanying persons with disabilities are always accepted, (2) pets must weigh under 30 lbs; (3) pets must not be left unattended in the hotel room or suite, and (4) a pet fee of $10.00 is required for each pet.
7. Pet friendly hotel chains are excellent choices if you are traveling with your pet[s]. Once you find the hotel chain you like, call ahead and make sure they will have a room waiting for you and your dog or cat! The website TripswithPets.com lists the major pet friendly hotel chains for you to look at. A few of the major brand names are Best Western; Comfort Inn & Suites; Courtyard by Marriott; Econo Lodge; Embassy Suites; Hilton; Holiday Inn; Holiday Inn Express; La Quinta Inn & Suites; Motel 6; and Quality Inn & Suites.
Make sure you discuss your pet’s breed, weight, fur and bathroom habits honestly with the manager or clerk in charge. Pet lodging in cat or dog friendly hotel chains can also be found by each state, located in a drop-down menu on the Trips with Pets website.
8. If for any reason your dog does not get along with people, is an aggressive breed, becomes car sick easily, or does not adjust well to new settings — they should be left at a home with a dog sitter, a doggie-day care, or someone in the family. Not only will they be miserable, but will make your trip …v.e.r.y. .. l.o.n.g.!
- “I’ve been in the hotel business over thirty years. Never yet have I called the police to eject a disorderly dog during the small hours of the night. Never yet has a dog set the bedclothes afire from smoking a cigarette. I’ve never found a hotel towel or blanket in a dog’s suitcase, nor whiskey rings on the bureau top from a dog’s bottle. Sure the dog’s welcome…and if he will vouch for you, then you can come along too!” (DogQuotations.com)
DogFriendly.com (PR 6)
PetSmart locator (PR 5)
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