Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Benefits of Pet Friendly Hotels

Many pet owners don't want to leave their pets behind when they go on vacation. After all, the pets are part of the family too. Leaving them with a stranger is not an attractive proposition. Pet friendly hotels can help with this problem, and let you bring your pet with you when you are on vacation. Many pet friendly hotels have rules however, in terms of the age, size, or training the pet requires before it can stay on the premises.

Check Before You Travel

Needless to say, you need to know where pet friendly hotels are located before you even set out on your trip. Researching and finding pet friendly hotels is an essential part of the trip planning stage. And there is LOTS of information and resources available to help you plan a pet vacation that is not only a delight for your pet, but would be memorable for you too!

Start by checking Internet travel sites that focus on pet travel. You will discover lots of tips on finding pet friendly hotels. You can also search out message boards for pet lovers to find out what their favorite pet friendly hotels are. Most of all, the most important thing to do when getting ready for your trip with your pet, is to call the hotel beforehand. Why? Because hotel policies can change, so make sure you have a confirmation before leave for the hotel that your four-legged friend will also be welcome.

While You Are There

You may have to put down a deposit at the start of your stay, to cover the possibility of your pet doing damage to the property. Even the most pet friendly of hotels will expect you to keep your pet in check while you are staying there, so you should make sure your pet is comfortable and does not get distressed. Bring something with you that reminds the pet of home, and keep the pet on a leash while the housekeepers are cleaning the room so that they do not get in the way.

Get Your Pet Ready

Don't just decide to get up one day and travel across the country with your pet – get it used to short journeys, and short stays away from home first of all. If your pet does not like traveling, then perhaps you should not take it with you – some pets can't handle long journeys, others go crazy having to stay in an unfamiliar room for a prolonged period of time – if that is the case with your animal, then perhaps leaving them with a friend or in a kennel while you go on vacation would be the best option in terms of their comfort and happiness.

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