Not only is leashing a pet the respectful thing to do, but it can also keep pets from running away or generating other potentially risky situations.
Charlestown, RI (PRWEB) April 21, 2015
Spring and summer are popular seasons to go on road trips, with many people visiting family for the holidays or simply taking vacations. Deciding what to do with household pets while planning to travel can be a difficult choice. Pet-friendly accommodations are gaining popularity, and therefore, choosing to travel with pets is becoming a more common option. Royal Flush Havanese shares 5 tips for making a stay at pet-friendly accommodations a positive experience.
1.) Firstly, it is important to make travel plans for any road trip prior to departure. Owners should make sure that their dogs feel comfortable using the bathroom in an unfamiliar place. This can be practiced by walking dogs in an area that is new to them, beginning several weeks before the start of the trip. Additionally, allow pets to experience driving in a car if they have not done so recently. This can alert owners to any carsickness that a pet may experience, and will allow for time for veterinarian consultation. In addition, it can be helpful to create a packing list of supplies needed, as well as taking time to learn about local pet transportation laws. More canine travel tips can be found here.
2.) Secondly, crate training can make a huge difference during a hotel stay. Crates can be useful by allowing canines extra security as they settle into new surroundings as well as a familiar place to sleep, filled with scents they recognize. This can help to minimize stress and to keep dogs from creating a ruckus. Many hotels require pets to be crated at all times when the owners are not in the room, although it is best to never leave a pet unattended. They may begin to bark or whine, which could disturb other guests. Every day should be planned so that pets do not have to be alone for extended amounts of time, and so they can be included in all adventures. Finally, another benefit to crate training is the ability to use the crate in the car when traveling, keeping in mind that dogs should never be left alone in a vehicle unattended.
3.) Thirdly, bring along a door-hanger notifying all hotel personnel that there is an animal in the room. This can help prevent any big surprises, for both the canine and the staff: for the dog; a stranger entering the room, and for the staff, an animal running up to greet them or worse, escaping out of the room. Although there is only a small chance of the latter happening, it is for situations such as these that it is of the upmost importance that dogs be wearing proper identification and vaccination information at all times. It could also prove helpful to carry copies of veterinarian information, recent prescriptions, health records, and a photo of all pets traveling.
4.) Fourthly, never allow a canine, no matter how well trained, to travel in and around the hotel off of a leash. Just because the hotel itself is pet-friendly does not guarantee that all guests staying there will be. Be respectful of others, and keep adequate space between where the leashed dog can walk and the immediate area of other guests. Not only is leashing a pet the respectful thing to do, but it can also keep pets from running away or generating other potentially risky situations. Bringing a variety of leashes of different lengths can help to allow for different circumstances, and longer leashes permit the dog an opportunity to stretch his/her legs. Oftentimes, pet-friendly hotels will have a fenced-in area for dogs to play with one another, giving them an area where they can safely be off leash. An opportunity for a dog to run around can also be a great stress-reliever, and will increase the chances of them sleeping soundly once back in the hotel room.
5.) Lastly, be prepared for cleaning up any messes. Check with hotel staff to see if there is a designated area for dogs to relieve themselves outside. Always pick up any messes. Stressed dogs can be prone to vomiting or having ‘accidents’ inside. Bringing along a roll of paper towels and some disinfectant can be very helpful during such an event. Failing to clean up a mess could result in a fine, depending on hotel policies. Similarly, make sure all pets are up-to-date with their flea and tick medicine, and have been groomed recently. No pests or malodorous smells should be left behind upon departure.
For more information on traveling with a canine, visit the Royal Flush Havanese Puppy Care Page. Royal Flush Havanese wishes all readers to enjoy the beautiful spring and summer weather, and anticipates these tips on animal-friendly hotel etiquette will eliminate some of the stress associated with road trips. Royal Flush Havanese is BBB accredited business specializing in breeding and raising Havanese puppies born and raised in both Rhode Island and Florida. Royal Flush Havanese has been awarded a Certificate of No Complaints from the BBB and a rating of A+ for outstanding dedication to honesty in the business place, customer satisfaction, and for ethical policies and procedures. Please join us in our quest to teach others about the loyal, gentle and lovable Havanese breed. Like us on Facebook and check out our website where you can find even more helpful articles and informative tips for dog-enthusiasts and breeders alike.