If you plan to stay in hotels or motels with you pet, making reservations in advance will save considerable time and trouble. Some establishments will not allow pets under any circumstances. Others will accommodate companion animals, as long as they are kennel or crate trained. Some go so far as to even have special dog runs for them! Check your library or your local Canadian or American Motor Association office for information on pet-friendly hotels.
Be aware that pets left in hotel rooms can be destructive, so you may be asked to pay a damage deposit when you check-in.
Some hotel/motel owners may also be concerned that housekeeping staff may open the door and find themselves facing a vicious dog or that the dog may accidentally escape. If you do leave your pet alone in the hotel room, put him in his crate, or in the bathroom, and hang the "Do not disturb" sign on the outside door.
If you are staying in a hotel or motel with your pet, you must set some strict rules that all family members must follow.
- The dog will be kept on a leash at all times unless, of course, you are in your room.
- Do NOT play fetch with your dog in your hotel room, the hallways or the parking lot.
- The dog must not be allowed to run up and greet people, unless invited to do so. You must respect the fact that some people are afraid of or allergic to dogs.
- The dog must be kept quiet. No barking, whining or howling. (This rule also applies to children!)
- The dog must not be allowed to sleep on the bed or upholstered chairs.
- The dog's food and water dishes must be kept in the bathroom for ease of clean up.
- The dog must be 100% housetrained.
- The dog will be taken to an appropriate area to relieve himself. Ask hotel management where to take your dog. (Peeing on the pillars outside the main lobby is totally unacceptable!)
- You will pick up all dog defecation IMMEDIATELY!
- The dog must be put in his crate or locked in the bathroom whenever you leave the room. Follow these general guidelines and you are sure to be welcome in any pet friendly hotel!
Article submitted by: © Terri Perrin