We know how it is- you love your “furry friend” more than life itself and you want to take that little (or not-so-little) cutie everywhere you go! My dog, Justin Bailey, loves to travel and one of the best parts about staying at a house instead of a hotel is that many guest homes allow pets! So go ahead- grab a pair of sunglasses and let your pup ride with his head out the window all the way to your next destination! Here are a few guidelines that we recommend to make sure you, your pet, and your host are happy at the end of your stay!
1. Check with your host first!
A lot of hosts will gladly accept your pet and some might even advertise that their homes are “pet friendly.” However, it is always a good idea to let your host know that you plan to bring your furry counterpart with you, prior to making a reservation. Some cities have laws regarding breeds, some hosts may have allergies, their home may not be suitable for all types of pets, or they may have preferences regarding size. There may also be additional fees associated with bringing your pet. Checking with your host helps them to feel more comfortable and allows them to communicate any expectations that they have for you and your pet! This, in turn, will help you make a decision about the best place for you to stay!
2. Make sure all vaccines are up-to-date!
This may seem like common sense, but keeping vaccines up-to-date in a space that has been visited by other animals will help your pet stay healthy and keep future furry friends in good health as well! Plus, you can feel good about being a responsible pet owner!
3. Pick up after your pet!
Hosts will sincerely appreciate it if you take the time to pick up after your pet and it will make the experience of renting a home more enjoyable for everyone! Pick up their droppings in the yard prior to leaving, so that the host and the next guest don’t risk stepping in your little guy or girl’s doo-doo. If your pet has an accident inside, be upfront and let the host know. They will appreciate your honesty and will likely work with you to figure out the best way to clean it up!
4. Follow the house rules!
Each host and each house are a little bit different. Make sure you ask whether the host or the city you are visiting has any specific rules you will be expected to follow. If your pup will need to be on a leash, stay in a crate when you are away from the house, or stay off the furniture, you will need to know.
5. Have a ball of a time!
The most important thing to remember is to have a good time! Play fetch, take a walk around the neighborhood, or adventure to the nearest local dog park. Better yet- ask your host for some pet-friendly hang-outs. If they love pets as much as we do, they will know the top spots to take your top dog!