More and more hotels and vacation properties are welcoming pets, making it easier and more fun than ever to take your co-pilot along!
In addition to special pet welcome packages at check-in, such as a bowls, treats, and poop bags, there is a trend, particularly at higher-end properties, where services are prioritizing the pets. Pet spas, pet room service, and special amenities such as pet-bed turn-down service are becoming increasingly popular. Whether you’re at a 5-star hotel or a homey log cabin, finding the right property for everyone in your family promises tons of fun and lasting good memories.
Q: Can my dog handle a family vacation?
A: • If your dog doesn’t get along with other dogs, some properties may not be a good fit, especially those which frequently host numerous dog guests.
• If your dog has no experience traveling, a day trip is a great way to gauge his or her comfort with: car travel, pit stops away from home, and the like.
• If your pet is prone to separation anxiety, day trips in which s/he can be with you throughout the adventure will be best (and most fun) for everyone.
Q: My dog doesn’t really participate in vacations, but just tags along. S/he’s an aggressive or excessive barker.
A: You will likely both have a better time if you board the dog at one of the many outstanding local options.
Q: Is the hotel REALLY pet friendly?
A: Some hotels make their least desirable rooms “dog friendly.” Truly pet-friendly hotels offer a variety of rooms and amenities similar to the offerings at Westover Inns properties, which include sheets, towels, poop bags, bowls and treats, pet beds and crates.
Q: Is it well suited for us?
A: Consider the requirements of your daily routine with your pet. Do you normally take long walks for potty time or does your pet have unlimited access to a yard? If you or your pet are not used to long walks for example, make sure you find a property with a convenient yard.
If your dog is an escape artist, a property near a busy road or raging river is not a good choice.
If you have a geriatric dog who loves sleeping near your bed, a property with stairs to the bedroom won't work.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
• How many dogs are allowed in each room; cost per dog?
• Is there a weight limit?
• Can the dog be left alone in the room? Many hotels will not allow you to leave a dog unattended, or if it is allowed, some require the dog to be crated.
• Is there an area to walk the dog? An off-leash area?
• What is the potty area like? How far from the room? Are there stairs?
• What are the neighbors like? Have guests had issues with neighborsin the past? (Knowing beforehand will help you respect boundaries while there, even if you disagree with them).
• Contact info for the nearest emergency vet.
• Nearest pet supply store(s).
• Recommended local activities for people with pets.
• Nearby pet-friendly restaurants.
WHAT'S IN A DAY
• Will your pet fare okay if left alone at a strange property? If your plans include an all-day outing, check into doggie day care.
• Leashes, a crate, a pet bed, toys and food and bowls (whatever you’ll need that the property doesn’t provide).
• A photo of your pet in case they get lost. Please microchip your pet, and keep ID current.
• A sheet or blanket to cover furniture.
• A small vacuum to tidy up before you leave.
HOW TO BE A GREAT GUEST
• Abide by the dog rules of the property.
• Clean up after your pet.
• Let the managers know right away if the dog has an accident or does any damage.
• Robert Bennington of Bennington Properties in Sunriver recommends taking steps to prevent leaving pet hair everywhere. Brush your pet regularly, bring your own blanket or sheet to cover furniture, and do a quick vacuum each day to stay on top of your pet’s shedding (most properties will loan you a vacuum).
Pet-friendly vacation rentals in Sunriver, Oregon - Bennington Properties — benningtonproperties.com
Pet friendly hotels with seven locations in Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Lake Oswego and the Dalles - Westover Inns — westoverinns.com
Vanessa Salvia's love for animals began as a child, when stray kittens just seemed to follow her home (who thankfully, her family accommodated). She lives on a sheep farm outside of Eugene OR, surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, chickens and kids.