10 TRAVEL TIPS: DOGS IN HOTELS!
As you may know, we get to travel a lot with the girls. It happens very often that they feel overwhelmed when arriving in a new environment that more often than not, probably smells like unknown dogs!
Here are some of our tips and tricks to make the girls feel at home and less stressed out :)
1- Bring items that smell like home
This is going to help them feel like the new environment is not 100% foreign. We like to bring their blankets and clothes when we travel :)
2- Let your dog sniff out the premises
Take them around the hotel premises, inside and outside. They'll get familiar with the premises and get a better feel of where they are :)
3- Play with your dog in the room
Make sure you don't disturb the neighbors, and watch out for barking. BUT it's super important to make the hotel room familiar to your dog. A little play session is perfect to get them to loosen up :)
4- Let your dog sleep with you
I know that it's not everyone that is ok with this - but sleeping with you in bed will really make your dog feel secure. We only let the girls sleep on the bed when we travel. And honestly, they know it's only on vacation they get to do this :)
Make sure your dog does #1 and #2 before they get in the room. New environments tend to make dogs nervous so they might pee or poo out of anxiety! It happened to us on a previous trip where Herky peed on the bed right when we got there, after nesting. Dogs tend to want to leave their own scent (pee or poo) when they smell other dogs around. I assume it smelled like another dog, so Herky felt nervous and wanted to cover up that smell. If your dog did his or her potty before entering the room, there's less chances of getting accidents!
6- Leave your dog in the bathroom
Smaller environments make dogs less anxious. Remember that dogs are den-dwelling animals and prefer smaller spaces - it makes them feel more secure. Make sure they have water and blankets :)
7- Be reachable
This is especially important if you're in a different country, but make sure your phone's data is on and you're reachable! If your dog stays at the hotel, you want to make sure that the hotel management is able to reach if anything happens :)
8- Look up local day cares and pet sitters
Not all hotels allow dogs to stay alone in the room, so it's better to be prepared and have a few dog day cares noted down for when you step out for the day :)
9- Exercise your dog!
Get that energy out, it's super important and reduces anxiety! If your dog spends all day alone, there's pent up energy that needs to get released :) Plus, when they're tired, the calmer they'll be!
10- Have fun with your dog!
Give your dog some extra love and attention :) You and him/her will be happy about that!
If you'd like to watch the video version of this blog, click on the video below :)
Herky & Milton
*The video was filmed at the Novotel in Vaughan.