Have you ever sniffed something in the air, but couldn't put your finger on what it was? Well, that's happened to me plenty of times. Usually it ends up being a stinky fart of Jackman's, but not this time. Instead it smelled of my humans' frustration.
See, before Jackman and my human sister, Francesca, joined our pack, I was an only fur-child. It was awesome, because I went almost everywhere with my humans. . . even on road trips. The first road trip we planned was full of challenges, where my humans' frustration grew from the struggle of hunting for dog-friendly accomodation.
The hunt was definitely harder than my humans anticipated. They navigated between websites, emailed places, called places, checked more websites. Not only did the extra navigation make the hunt a long and painful one, it was not knowing all the dog-friendly details about the accommodation that was extra frustrating. Could I stay inside? Or, was I going to be relegated to outside. . .the horror for an inside dog like myself? All I could do was sit and wait for the smell to change back to excitement or calm.
Just when I thought my humans were going to give up their hunt and take the road trip without me, the smell in the air did change. They found a place in Taupo, the Ashbrook Motel. You can read about it here. Phewww, that was a close one.
My humans learned a few things from this experience that we want to share with other humans that holiday with their dogs:
START PLANNING YOUR TRIP EARLY
While many travel sites offer a "dog-friendly" filter and there are now some websites geared specifically to traveling with your dog (Glamping Hub and Bring Fido), they don't go into detail about what the accommodations offer and allow for us furry travellers.
KNOW THE TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION YOU WANT
While you may prefer a bach or holiday house, where your dog has space to run around, our humans found motels a bit more welcoming. That's possibly because there is always someone on site should we furry ones cause a disturbance and ensure the humans follow the accommodations' dog-friendly policy.
CONTACT THE ACCOMMODATION
Even though many websites have a dog-friendly filter our humans contacted accommodations to be certain they were ok with bringing me. They asked the following questions:
- Can my dog be left by themselves?
- Is there an extra charge for bringing my dog? If so, what?
- Is the dog allowed inside?
- Are there other dogs staying while my dog will be there?
- What happens if my dog has an accident inside?
- Do they need to be kept in a crate?
- Do you have a dog policy/guideline? If yes, what is it?
- Is there a place where I can exercise my dog and let them toilet?
- How many dogs are allowed to stay with us?
BRING A TOY OR BLANKET OF YOUR DOG'S
This will help them settle in the accommodation and not be too distressed. Some dogs cope with change extremely well, while others struggle. Jackman, for instance, suckles his blanket when he's anxious. So, our humans would be sure to bring that with us, so he would be comfortable.
RESPECT THE DOG POLICY
It takes just one apple to spoil the bunch. Please when you stay at a dog friendly place follow their policy, respect the other guests and/or neighbours. Allowing humans to bring their dogs on holidays is a new endeavour for many places. The accommodation is taking on a bit of trust with your humans to allow dogs, so it's our duty to ensure the experience is pleasant for everyone.
What has helped you find dog friendly accommodation in the past? Is there a top-notch place you have stayed with your humans? Let us know in the comments below so we can feature them here.