Holidays with your dog

Your guide to happy holidays with your dog in a hotel – the following will help how such a journey or travels can become more relaxing for dogs and people

Tips from dog lovers & hotel professionals to travellers with love for dogs!

Are you passing through, visiting friends or relatives? Is your next longed-for vacation just around the corner and you neither want to miss the comfort and equipment of a hotel, nor leave your four-legged tail wagging friend? Dog-friendly hotels are proving to be the perfect choice for dog owners who simply couldn’t enjoy their vacation without their favorite animal companions.

In order to ensure that the holiday guest on four paws has a equal pleasant stay like you even in the unfamiliar hotel environment you can take some elementary precautions. ‘We’ the Hotel Böhlerstern in Kapfenberg (in the heart of Austria) provide you with a few tips below on how you can make your holiday with your dog in the hotel an unforgettable, but above all a relaxing experience for you and your furry friend.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU START YOUR TRAVEL WITH A DOG GOING TO A HOTEL

When making a reservation request or booking, let the hotel know that you would like to go on holiday with your dog in the hotel in question. Familiarize yourself in advance with the rules of your preferred dog-friendly hotel regarding taking dogs with you.

TIRED DOGS EQUALS PLEASANT DOGS: GET THEM WALKING BEFORE YOUR JOURNEY & HOTEL CHECK-IN

If possible, take your four-legged friend for a long walk before you start your journey or check-in at the hotel. Challenge them physically and mentally. A tired dog or in need of rest will then face the unfamiliar new space of a hotel with much more calmness.

Even after check-in, it is an excellent idea to take the dog for a walk. This gives you a greater relaxation factor for your vacation stay. Also the tired four-legged friend will less likely get too interested in the new accommodations furniture and will not behave likely in an undesirable manner.

IN THE HOTEL AREAS & HOTEL ROOM: LET THE DOG CALMLY GET TO KNOW THE SURROUNDINGS

The unfamiliar situation goes hand in hand with all sorts of new impressions for your animal companion. If you are on holiday with your dog in the hotel, give them enough time to discover and sniff out the unknown surroundings of the new and interesting hotel room, the corridors and public areas of the hotel.

In the room, why not open the closet door to show him what’s inside. Let him into the bathroom so he can see what’s behind the door. Once your four-legged friend has taken a close look at the space and smells of the room, he will then feel more secure.

MANDATORY LEASH RULE IN HOTEL AREAS

In hotel complexes, a leash is mandatory in order to prevent unwanted incidents and to ensure the well-being of all guests. Therefore, when you are on holiday with your dog in the hotel area, you must keep your dog on a leash! This also applies if your four-legged friend is brought up first class and listens to your word.

DETERMINE THE DOG PLACE IN THE ROOM

Create your own dog place for your animal companion in the hotel room. If able bring him a dog bed and one of his blankets. (At Hotel Böhlerstern, we are happy to provide a dog bed and a water bowl as a ‘dog amenity’. A water and food bowl should be set up in a fixed place. Some great advise would be to always have an unwashed blanket that is still intensely smells after “Home” and with this the dog will ease more into the new place. Such blankets can be placed on provided dog beds. Like this the Dog will feel more at home in the hotel.

HOLIDAYS WITH A DOG: TAKE FAMILIAR TOYS

Every bit of habit gives your dog more serenity in the new place of residence. Therefore, bring some of his favorite toys with you when you are on holiday in the hotel, which you can place in his dog bed or use to play/throw around on long walks. That way, when you are on holiday with your dog, you prevent the risk that your dog could devote himself to the hotel furniture when he is bored and this way things could get damaged.

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR DOG! DO NOT LEAVE THE DOG ALONE IN THE HOTEL ROOM IMMEDIATELY!

Of course, it’s not the point to leave your four-legged friend alone in the room for hours! In particular, staying behind in the hotel room for the first time can unsettle and scare your dog. Your dog could get loud or even bark when left alone. This could lead to problems for other guests, which should be avoided at all costs. Therefore, train him to stay alone the first few times with the help of short intervals, in which you return to the hotel room after a few minutes and reward your four-legged friend. Then keep the times longer and longer….

If you intend to do some activities without your pet during your holiday, it is advisable to gradually extend the periods of leaving him along already at home in advance.

If you want to practice the dog staying alone, it is advisable to practice leaving him alone for an hour or two in an environment that is not your home. This could also be done with a trusted neighbor or friends.

WHEN THE DOG STAYS IN THE ROOM ALONE

It is best to check the hotel room for possible sources of danger before you leave your dog alone. Is food stowed well? Are there any small parts out around that the dog could swallow? Does your dog have sufficient water when you are away? Is the air conditioning set correctly and isn’t it too hot in the room? Pay attention to closed windows and balcony doors! IMPORTANT: The “do not disturb” sign on the door handle prevents your four-legged friend from unexpectedly confronting the cleaning staff or other hotel staff.

HOUSE RULES: GENERAL RULES OF A HOTEL

As a dog owner, you too can make a valuable contribution to a harmonious hotel stay during your holiday with your dog by observing the following rules of conduct.

ON HOLIDAY WITH THE DOG: DOGS DONT BELONG IN HOTEL BEDS!

Even if your dog may be allowed into bed at home – unfortunately this is not permitted when you are on holiday with your dog in the hotel. The reason for this is that hotel bed linen are frequently and often washed together with others and not always washed separately and this could promote future allergy to other guests. This could cause subsequent hotel guests with allergy reactions and then those have to suffer an unpleasant stay. SO! Dogs stay in their provided designated places on the floor or dog beds!

FOLLOW MANDATORY CLEANLINESS

Your dog should have already made it to the house-training stage if he wants to become a hotel guest with you. But even house-trained four-legged friends feel tempted to mark some places.

Therefore, in the hotel environment that is unfamiliar to your dog, make sure that you avoid particularly tempting corners with him on a leash.

When you are on holiday with your dog in the hotel, you should also keep to their usual walking rhythm so that your four-legged friend take him out on walks so he can relieve himself at regular intervals. These times should correspond to the times at home, if possible!

Of course, every four-legged friend can get sick and leave a mess. In this case, please take care of the disposal of your dog yourself as much as possible and clean up and disinfect the relevant location. If you are not able to do this or if you cannot completely remove the dirt left behind, please report this to the reception.

If dirt that is difficult to remove or other damage occurs during your vacation with your dog in the hotel room, you as the dog owner must of course take the responsibility and pay for the extra cleaning neccasary.

Please do the cleaning team a favor and do not use any of the white or other hotel towels to clean your dog. Just bring some dog towels or wet wipes with you, which you can use on dirty paws and wet fur.

MAKE SURE THAT THE NOISE LEVELS ARE ACCEPTABLE (AT A MINIMUM)

Of course, it is sometimes unavoidable that the four-legged friend utters a sound one time or another. But frequent howling, barking or raging behavior should not be on the agenda when you are on holiday with your dog in a hotel. After all, other holidaymakers want to be able to enjoy their stay just as much as you do!

Out of consideration for other hotel guests, please move the romping around and playing with higher volume times to a walk in the open air away from the hotel. As a result, your four-legged friend is pleasantly tired and much more relaxed in the hotel room, so that barking should be avoided!

TOP TIP: LEAVE YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER ON THE DOOR!

A note attached to your room door (preferably created and laminated in advance) ‘with your telephone number’ can be of great advantage if the hotel staff or another guest in special cases should with to inform you about an inappropriate volume or a problem with your dog.

HOLIDAYS WITH A DOG IN THE HOTEL: BE UNDERSTANDING & CONSIDERATIVE

React courteously and always ready to help in the event of an incident.

Also understand that not every other guest or fellow holidaymaker might find the presence of a dog in the hotel area to be a pleasant affair. Therefore, make sure that your dog does not sniff every hotel guest without asking or ask them to play. If the other person seems interested, a brief inquiry can be made to clarify whether your dog is allowed to sniff the other guest or engage in play.

We at the Hotel Böhlerstern wish you and your furry kids a pleasant stay.