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Useful Tips for Choosing the Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation

Hiker with her dog in Utah (photo: Patrick Hendry)

Pets are a big part of families nowadays, whether a family of two (you and your pet) or a larger one with kids. More and more families are factoring in their pets while planning their vacations. This also means added logistics, like looking for pet-friendly accommodations.

When selecting accommodation, choosing the right pet-friendly hotel is very important. While many hotels claim to be pet friendly, only some may genuinely welcome your pets.

Hiker with her dog in Utah (photo: Patrick Hendry)
Hiker with her dog in Utah (photo: Patrick Hendry)

Obviously, there is a big difference between hotels that just allow your pets to stay there and hotels that make the place more accessible to your pet.

The latter provides amenities for your pet to make the stay more enjoyable for everyone.

Questions to Consider

1. Is the Hotel Really Pet Friendly?

So how do you know whether a hotel is pet friendly or not? Do your due diligence to learn if the hotel is truly pet friendly or just saying so to attract more customers.

We have experienced over several years that many hotel chains claim to be pet friendly but are better described as pet tolerant.

Call the hotels in advance and ask about the amenities they’ll offer your pet. Have they allocated a separate play area for the pet, and is there a garden where you can take your pet to get relieved?

The hotel should also provide doggy food and treats on request and have dog grooming services.

Additionally, it’s beneficial to book a hotel that can provide you with a dog sitter in case you decide to visit a few sites locally that are not pet friendly.

Man holding a large white fluffy dog (photo: Spencer Davis)
Man holding a large white dog (photo: Spencer Davis)

2. Are There Breed or Weight Restrictions?

Many hotels are selectively pet friendly, meaning they only allow certain breeds of dogs, which are usually smaller; these typically do not allow larger breeds.

A few hotels also restrict breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers, which have a bad reputation for being violent, which is not valid in most cases.

When you travel with a designer breed such as a doodle, you should double-check with them as their list of breeds may not cover these specially bred dogs. To learn more about doodle breeds, check

Similarly, many hotels call themselves pet friendly, but by pets, they only refer to dogs and not cats.

Hence, when you read that a hotel is pet friendly, do not assume it will allow your dog or cat.

You have to call them and confirm if your pet’s…

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