March 20, 2018 Category: Celebrating Dogs

Dogs are amazing, so it's not surprising that many of them make terrific traveling companions.

Many hotels now allow dogs, which makes it easier than ever to bring your furry family member with you. Just remember that new environments can be stressful on your pup, and you may need to make an extra effort to ensure your dog's comfort.

Use these 8 tips to make the most of your stay.

1) Know the rules.
Check your hotel's pet policy before you book. Don't risk ruining your trip with extra fees or potentially disrespecting the hotel's rules.

2) Get in on the ground floor.
Request a room on the ground floor. It'll make bathroom breaks much easier and will allow you to avoid the stress of riding in the elevator with your dog.

3) Make a friend.
The hotel's clerk or concierge often knows the best places in the area to take your dog. Take a moment to inquire about nearby parks or dog-friendly shops and restaurants.

4) Go for a walk.
When you arrive at the hotel, take your dog for a long walk to release his energy and reduce his stress.

5) Check the room.
When you arrive, scan your room for potential hazards or problem areas, like bags of coffee or loose power cords.

6) Do not disturb.
Hang the "Do not disturb" sign on your door to keep housekeeping and others from knocking and frightening your dog.

7) Bring some comforts of home.
Pack your dog's bed or blanket to help her feel secure in her new environment. Favorite toys and stuffed animals can also help her adapt and feel more at home.

8) Test alone time.
If you need to leave your dog alone in the room, do a couple of short trial runs in advance. Try leaving him for 10 minutes to see how he reacts. It will give you a good indication if he's ready to be left alone, and give him reassurance that you will always come back.