Lodgings with Real Dog-itude

Traveling with Fido and not sure where to stay? There are many lodging establishments nowadays that call themselves “pet-friendly,” but some don’t offer much in the way of special amenities. Here are some tips for identifying an inn with authentic dog-itude.

Lodgings that make the cut:

  • Provide dog treats, food and water bowls, dog beds, and other canine amenities;
  • Provide biodegradable waste bags and conveniently located waste containers;
  • Offer safe, easy access to clearly marked and fenced-in grassy areas where guests can exercise their dogs;
  • Make guests feel special with memorable extras, such as dog-friendly outdoor dining tables; and
  • Have dog-loving and knowledgeable staff available to answer questions, arrange tours, and recommend local off-leash recreation spots, pet sitters, doggie daycare, pet stores, and vets.

Lodgings that don’t measure up:

  • Discriminate against certain breeds and sizes of dogs;
  • Charge large deposits and non-refundable pet fees;
  • Use products containing toxic chemicals to clean the rooms, which can affect the health of both owners and pets; and
  • Don’t offer outdoor areas for dogs or any other special pet amenities.

Finally, what’s the absolute best sign that you and Fido have found your favorite home away from home? A cozy and clean dog pillow by the fire with a fresh bone tucked inside. 

CeliaSue Hecht is a professional writer/editor, co-author of five romantic travel guides, and a PR consultant whose work has been featured in more than 40 publications. She has a dog travel blog about pet-friendly travel at celiasue.wordpress.com and regularly writes about pet-friendly destinations in the Bay Area and beyond. For more info, give CeliaSue a call at 702-225-8206 or send her an email at celiasue.hecht@gmail.com.