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Many dog parents love to travel, but it’s heartbreaking to leave their furry friends at home. We don’t like being left behind either, so why not bring your dog with you on vacation? Molly and I have stayed in a hotel together many times, and it’s definitely more fun than staying home alone!
Can You Keep a Dog in a Hotel?
Yes, you can keep your dog at a hotel with you, but it depends on the hotel. Some hotels are very dog-friendly while others don’t allow dogs at all. It’s important to do your research before choosing a hotel.
Most hotels will charge an additional fee to bring your dog. It’s usually around $25 for the entire stay, but every hotel will be slightly different. I’ve even stayed at hotels where I was welcome for free!
If you’re going to bring your dog to a hotel though, you need to make sure they’ll be comfortable if you plan to leave them alone. No one wants to listen to a dog barking all day and you definitely don’t want them trashing your room. So, make sure you set aside plenty of time to get your dog adjusted.
Also, if you leave your dog alone in the hotel room, they usually provide a sign for your door. You can put that sign up to notify room service that your dog is there. They typically will not clean your room if your dog is inside, but that’s okay. Strangers entering your room would likely cause stress to your pup anyway.
Keeping Your Dog Behaved
When you arrive at your hotel, you can’t just drop your dog off and go do your own thing. If you want to have a vacation with your dog, you should want your furry friend to be just as comfortable as you are. So, like flying on an airplane, staying at a hotel takes lots of getting used to.
First, make sure your dog is comfortable staying alone in your own home. If you just adopted your dog and they’re still taking time to adjust, then they’re probably not ready for a new environment just yet. Also, if you’re worried about your pup getting into trouble at the hotel, you could keep them crated while you’re away.
When you arrive at the hotel, make sure you spend plenty of time with your dog to get them used to this unfamiliar place. Let them walk around outside and take in the new smells. Play with them in the hotel room for a while. Make sure they have plenty of time to explore and get their energy out before you leave them alone.
To make them as comfortable as possible, bring plenty of things to remind them of home such as their bed, favorite toy, and even some things that smell like you. Familiar objects can help make a new place less scary.
Overall, you should try to spend as much time with your dog as possible during your vacation. We love to have fun too, so if you can eat outside or walk in dog-friendly area, don’t leave us out! Let us know that vacations are more than just waiting around at the hotel!
Which Hotels Allow Dogs?
There are lots of hotels that allow dogs, many of which are smaller, local places. However, we have come across a few popular hotels that are dog-friendly (keep in mind that every location could be different):
- Aloft Hotels
- Best Western
- Comfort Inn
- Crowne Plaza
- Holiday Inn
- La Quinta
- Marriott Courtyard
- Marriott Fairfield Inn
- Marriott Residence Inn
- Marriott Springhill Suites
- Marriott Towneplace Suites
- Motel 6
- Quality Inn
- Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
- Westin Hotels & Resorts
Again, these are only a few of the many hotels out there that allow dogs. Each location of these chains might be slightly different, so be sure to contact the hotel if you are unsure about the dog policies. Also, every hotel might have different pricing and rules for dogs, so make sure you find one that is best suited for you and your furry friend!
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