Know Your Doggie Etiquette
So you have found the perfect getaway spot that allows
dogs, but maybe you have never traveled with your dog. Or maybe you
are a seasoned dog traveler. But do you know all of your doggie etiquette?
Basic courtesy rules, like your dog should be leashed unless a place
specifically allows your dog to be leash-free. And do you ask for a
paper bowl or cup for your thirsty pooch at an outdoor restaurant instead
of letting him or her drink from your water glass?
There are many do's and don'ts when traveling with your
best friend. We encourage all dog owners to follow a basic code of doggie
etiquette, so places will continue to allow and welcome our best friends.
Unfortunately all it takes is one bad experience for an establishment
to stop allowing dogs. Let's all try to be on our best behavior to keep
and, heck, even encourage new places to allow our pooches.
- Only travel or go around town with a well-behaved dog
that is friendly to people and especially children. If your dog is not
comfortable around other people, you might consider taking your dog
to obedience classes or hiring a professional trainer.
- Please keep your dog leashed. People that are afraid
of dogs or even people with leashed dogs will greatly appreciate it.
Plus most establishments (including lodging, outdoor restaurants, attractions,
parks, beaches, stores and festivals) require that your dog be on leash.
- Always clean up after your dog. Pet stores sell pooper
scooper bags. You can also buy sandwich bags from your local grocery
store. They work quite well and are cheap!
At Hotels or Other Types of Lodging...
- Unless it is obvious, ask the hotel clerk if dogs are
allowed in the hotel lobby.
- Never leave your dog alone in the hotel room. The number
one reason hotel management does not allow dogs is because some people
leave them in the room alone. Some dogs, no matter how well-trained,
can cause damage, bark continuously or scare the housekeepers. Unless
the hotel management allows it, please make sure your dog is never left
alone in the room. We have even found a case where two dogs were stolen
from a hotel room.
- While you are in the room with your dog, place the Do
Not Disturb sign on the door or keep the deadbolt locked. Many housekeepers
have been surprised or scared by dogs when entering a room.
- When your dog needs to go to the bathroom, take him
or her away from the hotel rooms and the bushes located right next to
the rooms. Try to find some dirt or bushes near the parking lot. Some
hotels have a designated pet walk area.
At Outdoor Restaurants...
- Tie your dog to your chair, not the table (unless the
table is secured to the ground). If your dog decides to get up and move
away from the table, he or she will not take the entire table.
- If you want to give your dog some water, please ask
the waiter/waitress to bring a paper cup or bowl of water for your dog.
Do not use your own water glass. Many restaurants and even other guests
frown upon this.
- Your pooch should lay or sit next to your table and
not try to beg from other customers. Unfortunately, not everyone loves
At Retail Stores...
At Festivals and Outdoor Events...
- Keep a close eye on your dog and make sure they do not go to the bathroom
in the store. Store owners that allow dogs inside assume that responsible
dog owners will be entering their store. Before entering a dog-friendly
store, visit your local pet store first. They are by far the most forgiving.
If your dog does not go to the bathroom there, then you are off to a
great start! If your dog does make a mistake in any store, please offer
to clean it up.
- Make sure your dog has relieved himself or herself before
entering a festival or event area. The number one reason that most festival
coordinators do not allow dogs is because some dogs go to the bathroom
on a vendor's booth or in areas where people might sit.
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