Offer bags to other pet owners. Do not confront people who are about to walk away from their dog’s poop. Smile, hold out a bag, and ask, “Did you forget your bags? I do that all the time!” Some people will take the hint.
Pick up after other people’s dogs. Seriously. Do you want the hotel staff to think that your dog made the mess? Do you want to come back to this hotel with your dog? It’s unfair, but don’t let an irresponsible pet owner make you look bad.
Covers. Bring blankets and cover the furniture in your room to protect the bedding and upholstery, especially if your dog sleeps on the bed. Bring a towel in case you need to dry off a wet dog or wipe muddy feet.
If you use a crate in the hotel, bring a towel to put under it to protect the floor. Hotel towels should not be used for dog-related activities. They probably will come clean in the wash, but don’t make extra work for housekeeping because of your dog. Why risk the staff complaining to management about it? Back to the “no trace” traveling policy again.
“Why risk the staff complaining to management about it? Back to the “no trace” traveling policy again.”
Going Solo. Don’t leave your dog alone in your room. If you go out, take the dog. You may have to choose your activity based on where you can watch the car and check on it frequently. But people who leave their dogs in hotel rooms, barking in misery for hours, cause other guests to storm down to the front desk to complain. You can always order food to be delivered to the hotel.
Odds and Ends. Use side doors to walk your dog in and out of the hotel and avoid elevators if possible. Other guests may be allergic, or uncomfortable around dogs. After your stay, review the hotel and thank them for accepting pets. Customer reviews are very important to them.
When you leave the hotel, make sure they’re glad you came. Safe travels!
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