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Tips For Staying At A Hotel When Traveling With Your Pets

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More people are taking their pets with them when they travel. Companies in the travel industry realize that they need to accommodate these travelers if they want to earn their business. Car rental companies are offering features in their vehicles to make them safer for dogs. More hotels are also changing their policies to be more accommodating for people traveling with pets (Image source).

However, you may have a difficult time finding a hotel that offers the flexibility that you are looking for. One recent study found that over half of people traveling with pets weren’t happy with the options available to them. You will want to know what hotels you can visit and make sure that you find one that meets your criteria. Here are some things that you will want to take into consideration when you are looking to travel with your pet.

Know the Policies Ahead of Time

You will want to know the hotel’s pet policy before you make a reservation. Some may prohibit certain breeds of pets from staying with you. Your pitbull may be the nicest dog in the world, but many hotels are still not willing to take the chance with them. You may not feel that is fair, but you still need to follow the policies.

You will also need to know what in areas of the hotel you are allowed to take your pet. Most hotels will have designated places that can take them for a walk.

Make sure that you confirm these policies with someone from the hotel. You may find policies on pets at the hotel website, but some hotels don’t update their websites when their policies change. Call the hotel to confirm the rules before you make a reservation.

Don’t Let Your Pet be a Nuisance

Your stay may be very brief or uncomfortable if your pet is disruptive to the other guests. You will also need to pay for damages your pet causes. You want to minimize the likelihood that your pet will cause any problems for the hotel or any of the other guests.

There are a couple of things that you should do to avoid these issues.

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Don’t Leave Your Pet Alone

You should be careful about leaving your pet alone in the room. Most pets are going to be a lot more anxious when they are alone in a new place. You should have someone with your pets whenever possible so that they won’t be barking. You will also want to make sure someone is able to watch your pet to prevent it from damaging anything.

Cover the Furniture

You need to take the initiative to cover any of the furniture that your pet will be using. The managers of the hotel can be very strict about pet hair and stains. You want to make sure you can get your deposit back, so make sure you keep everything covered as much as possible.

Make Sure Your Pet is Comfortable

You want to make sure that your pet is going to be comfortable during their stay. Your dog will be happier if you take it out for walks regularly. You may need to walk them longer than normal after they have been cooped up in a small hotel room for a number of hours.

Cats can be particularly skittish when they are in a hotel for the first time. You don’t want to have to run around looking for them if they dart into a hiding place the moment you take them out of their crate or worry about them having an accident on the carpet.

You should bring your crate and leave the door open for them. This gives them a safe place to retreat to if they aren’t comfortable in the open. You can also let your cat explore in the bathroom first. This will be a safe place for them to get acclimated to the hotel before you take them to the rest of the room.

Take Your Veterinary Records

Many hotels will require you to have your pet’s medical history with them at check-in. Make sure you bring a copy of your veterinary records. Also, you will want to make sure that you have these records in case your pet needs to be taken to an emergency veterinarian.

Make Sure Everyone is Happy

Traveling with your pets can be a great experience, but you need to make sure that they aren’t going to be a hassle for anybody. Do your best to make sure that they get along with the other guests and don’t cause any problems for the management. You will also want to make sure that your pets are going to be safe and happy on the trip as well.

Do you travel with your pets on a regular basis? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Kalen is an avid traveler who recently went to the Midwestern United States for a young entrepreneur’s conference where he stayed at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.

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