For guests with pets, there’s a certain etiquette you should always follow.
Today, our furry companions are embraced with a warm welcome at establishments that previously had a "no dogs allowed" policy. Places like restaurants, corporate offices, beaches, and parks were off limits to pets. Now, taking Fido with you is almost expected, as eateries, planes, stores, and hotels are becoming more pet-friendly. But despite the owners and flight attendants’ hospitality towards your beloved pup, they still want to remind you of one rule: please scoop up the poop.
Just as you would govern yourself accordingly when you’re a guest in someone’s home, there is a certain pet etiquette you should keep in mind when traveling and staying in hotels. POPSUGAR recently interviewed Amy Healy, who is a general manager of a hotel in downtown Denver, about best practices when it comes to bringing along your best friend.
For starters, don’t try to secretly bring your dog into a hotel to avoid the exorbitant fees. There’s bound to be a mishap or two as your pet gets acclimated to being in an unfamiliar environment. Also, eventually, your dog will bark, which may disturb other guests and alert the staff there’s another unexpected guest staying in the room.
"First of all, don't try to sneak a dog into a hotel," Healy told POPSUGAR. "We will always know. I don't ever want to have to unexpectedly charge someone for sneaking a dog in, but think about who will be in that room next. We have designated rooms for pets so we can regulate the area, mostly because of allergies."
Secondly, (and it goes without saying) clean up after your dog—or just ask for assistance if the mess is too big for you to handle.
"We know accidents happen," Healy said. "But we appreciate it if you at least try to clean it up and let us know it happened, rather than try to hide it or check out without saying anything."
Lastly, Healy suggested putting your dog in a crate anytime you leave the room for an extended period of time. Not only is it safe for housekeeping and other hotel employees, but your dog will also appreciate it too! You wouldn’t want your dog to nip at an unassuming stranger, now would you?
"A lot of guests just don't end up getting their rooms serviced to avoid all that completely, and that's totally fine," Healy said.
If you must have your room cleaned, it could be a great time to grab the leash and take your pet for a walk around the grounds of the hotel.
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Although Healy explained that their hotel provides plenty of domesticated perks, like blankets and dishes, the burden of responsibility still falls on you as a pet owner to keep your dog (and other guests) comfortable during your stay.