As any owner will tell you, dogs are far more than ‘a man’s best friend’. They’re members of the family who are often - and quite rightly - treated to the same home comforts as their humans.
Whether it be sitting on the settee while you reluctantly opt for the floor or deciding to swap their bed for the abundance of comfort offered by yours, dogs have a habit of becoming ‘one of us’.
This might explain why 1.4 million Brits choose to stay in the UK for their holiday every year to ensure their pooch can join them.
With that in mind, and if you’re planning on taking your dog to a hotel, here’s how to make the most of the stay with five simple tips:
Like all great holidays, those that involve your canine companion need to start with a great plan.
Think about it - the last thing you want to do is check into your lovely hotel room and realise you’ve forgotten Buster’s favourite ball (it’ll ruin his weekend, trust us).
Make a list of the pooch-related stuff you need to take with you and include everything from food to poo bags. Equally, on the day you set off, make sure your dog is wearing a collar and, if he hasn’t been microchipped, this would be a good time to get it sorted.
This is an easy one to forget, and can cause something of an awkward encounter when you enter the hotel.
Make doubly sure that the hotel at which you’re staying accepts dogs. Not all do, and those that welcome four-legged guests are likely to charge you for their stay.
You may also find that certain rooms have to be reserved in order to accommodate a dog, so it pays to call up at the time of booking and get the doggy lowdown from the hotel.
As noted above, you may be limited to what rooms you can stay in with your pooch, but if you have a choice, go for something on the ground floor. That’ll provide quick access outside for any toilet breaks and you’ll be less likely to disturb neighbours if you don’t have any below!
Depending on how adaptable your dog is to new situations and surroundings, it’s a good idea to let him check out the place when you arrive.
Take your dog for a walk around the grounds and anywhere within the hotel in which you’re allowed to. Any nerves should consequently be settled, enabling you to enjoy the rest of the stay without an unsettled, unhappy pooch.
The last thing you want is for Buster to destroy the hotel room, so remember to take plenty of distracting toys and chews to keep him busy while you’re chilling out. The more the hotel feels like home, the less likely he is to wreck the place because it’s new (and therefore very exciting indeed).
Lastly, remember to leave the room as clean as you found it. Dog hairs should be swept away and any traces of canine behaviour (don’t worry - it happens) cleaned up and staff informed.
Follow our tips above, and you’ll have an awesome hotel stay with your dog - guaranteed!