Dog Friendly Hotels
By Lynn Lopez
The number of dog owners is on the rise more than ever these past few years, with more and more establishments catering to these people and their furry companions. Pet grooming places, stores selling accessories for dogs, restaurants and parks are welcoming dog owners and dogs with open arms, and some pet stores even allow dogs to shop with their owners. Clearly, business owners are realizing that many people canít be separated from their pets and finds ways to accommodate them.
Traveling is also something many people do nowadays with their dogs, whether itís a weekend trip or a longer holiday. Itís usually because people think itís a better option than leaving them in kennels, while some feel guilty about leaving their pets alone at home. Indeed, they much prefer having their furry friends around with them. Unfortunately, it can still be a major challenge to find the right lodging for dog owners. Many hotels still consider pets a nuisance and place restrictions against bringing them. Some brave dog owners take the risk and sneak their pets in nonetheless, sometimes getting caught and made to pay a huge fine.
Thereís no need to fret or put your vacation plans on hold, though. Major hotel chains are now very considerate of dogs and dog owners and have implemented policies to accommodate everyone. All you need to do is make sure that you clean up after your pet. La Quinta Inns and Suites for example has 500 branches all over the US which all readily accept canine guests, with most of them not charging additional fees. Best Western is yet another chain that allows dogs, usually for a modest nightly fee. Red Roof Inn accepts only one ďwell-behaved family petĒ per room. Holiday Inn also accepts dogs within their weight limit requirement. Most of these establishments also furnish you with extra items for your pet, such as doggie beds, and can even direct you to nearby pet-friendly attractions and restaurants. If you want something a little more rugged and outdoorsy, look into KOA Kampgrounds. Their cabins can usually accommodate your pet, although some branches donít accept animals at all.
Before booking your entire trip, make a list of all the dog-friendly accommodations at your destination and find out if your dog fits their requirements. Keep in mind that you also have to be a well-behaved guest during your vacation. Make sure your dog is on a leash all the time and clean your room before checking out.
For something different, you might also want to give your pet a vacation. Some establishments, like Lucky Dog Ranch in Los Angeles, offer cage-free boarding for dogs. The next time you go on vacation and are unable to take your pet, these accommodations are your best option in keeping your dog safe and happy even while youíre away.
Tour around with your pets with friendly pet hotels you can be sure of a safe accommodation for your beloved animals.
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