Hi, my name is Gracie and I am the Canine Representative at Personality Hotels. Among other tasks, I keep an eye on what's going on, try new treats, wag my tail, and allow people to pet me… it makes them so happy.
As I have spent a good deal of my life in hotels they feel like a second home to me. I love traveling and going on vacation with my family but this is not the case for all my fellow 4 legged friends. Sometimes traveling doesn't reveal the best aspects of their personalities, so I am going to help you remedy that.
Here are 10 tips to have a good stay with your pup at a hotel:
- When making your reservation at a hotel check that dogs are welcome. Ask about the pet policy in detail. What is the fee? Is there a weight limit? Is the number of pets limited? Addressing these questions before your arrival will make things much easier.
- Upon check in ask for a room on a lower floor, it will save you some elevator waiting time, or for a quiet room if your dog is sensitive to noise.
- Traveling can be a stressful time for some dogs, bringing the food your dog is used to and a favorite toy will help him quiet down. If you have the space, bringing along his bed would be even better. If your pet is used to laying on your bed at home or climbing on the furniture, bring a blanket or a sheet to cover the furniture in your hotel room.
- If you plan on leaving your dog alone in your room, make sure he is up to it. There are a lot of other guests nearby and they probably won’t be happy if they hear barking all day long. Another way your dog might express his stress is by chewing on furniture or by marking his territory all around the room. If you are not sure of his behavior, put your dog in his crate while you are away. If he is used to it, it will feel much safer to him. The sound of the TV might also help him to calm down.
- If you decide to leave your dog roaming around the room remember to put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door to avoid anyone from entering while you are away, you never know how your dog might react to a stranger entering the room.
- If you haven’t checked before, ask the Concierge or the Front Desk agent where is the closest patch of grass for your dog to enjoy himself and get his potty-break. With the voyage your dog might need to relieve himself more often then usual. Remember to pack enough potty bags to clean up after your dog.
- Pack an extra leash and collar just in case the one you have breaks or you misplace them. Before traveling make sure that the information on your dog’s tag is accurate, especially your phone number.
- A hotel bathroom is no place for grooming your pet. If something happens and you really have to give your dog a bath, make sure not to leave hair and mud in the bathroom.
- If your dog causes any damage in the room, address the matter right away with a manager, don’t wait until check out, it will make things much easier.
- Of course if you brought your dog along, spend some time with him. Ask the hotel staff if there are some special events or parks you can go to together to have fun.
Enjoy traveling with your pet and making great memories. Maybe I will have the chance to meet you the next time you stay at one of our properties!
Gracie Personality Pup