Staying over

When you arrive at a destination where there are happy to accommodate your dogs, it would be best for everyone if we repay them for letting the pooches come along.  Here are some things to consider:

At a hotel/inn/manor house/B&B/5-star luxury accommodation, wherever it maybe:

  • Avoid or minimise barking. If they do address the situation immediately as other guests may not appreciate the noise.
  • Some hotels allow you to leave your dogs in the rooms alone and others not – for a reason. Their past experiences may have been that dogs when being left had been anxious and proceeded to chew, defecated all over the room or mess up the room in some way.  Unless you are completely confident that they can be left alone without causing any damage, don’t do it. That way we can preserve the confidence of these much valued places to continue doing so.  I also sometimes bring a Kong that I can fill with treats to leave with them should I decide to leave them behind.
  • If you cannot take your dog to wherever you are going and it is not safe to leave them in your car (which I would never do myself), ask the front reception if they wouldn’t mind keeping your dog for a few hours. I have often done that.  Most hotels do not allow dogs in their dining rooms and I had to leave Darcy by herself. When Darcy was younger she didn’t like that much and at one stay, she could smell me in the breakfast room and she didn’t like being with strangers. In another instance, she didn’t like being left alone and was barking so I ended up having room service.
  • Ask the front desk where you can walk the dogs. In some instances dogs maybe required to stay on the leash when on the grounds. We stayed at a National Trust Property where we were required to keep Darcy on the lead when within certain boundaries but when we went further afield, she was fine to go off-lead. Respect the rules. And pick-up after your dog – when within areas where you need to.  Obviously when you’re out in the vast country side and your dog poo’s on some farm, often it is more a hassle to fid a place to throw away the poo bag! Out of habit I had done it a few times to return to the hotel and asked where I should bin them. They were taken by surprise.
  • Checklist for travelling:
    • leads and collars, and especially their dog tag. In a new environment if they are running and got lost, that’s the best way for them to be reunited. And make sure the microchip information is up to date.
    • dog food and treats. Sometimes when I run out of food and because mine feed raw, I can often replace it with minced meat from room service or go to a local butcher and her something.
    • bring a Kong to fill with treats for when you leave them alone in the room.
    • they usually have bowls but I often bring a collapsible bowl for water and their food
    • we have a travel bottle for water
    • if need be, bring a familiar blanket for them, but I never do

Pretty much the same applies to when you’re visiting someone’s home. First ask if they are allowed to come along – and then you have the choice to go or not. And when you’re there, ask what their preferences are for the dogs. My dogs sleep on my bed. Some friends may not appreciate it. Respect the household rules. I may be annoyed at being told they would rather not and my dogs will be confused but safe the friendship or never visit them again!

Just be considerate. Not everyone loves their dogs like we do and we all have different rules.  We want to be good ambassadors and not ruin the opportunity for others to travel with their dogs.