Keeping the Peace: How to Keep your Dog Quiet in a Hotel Room
Noisy dogs in hotels can be a nuisance. We can’t blame our canine friends of course. If you leave a dog in unfamiliar surroundings, without any supervision, they’re bound to get frightened. It’s up to us as pet travelers to keep our dogs quiet and to ensure that they don’t disrupt the peace of the hotel we’re staying at.
In addition to the fact that a noisy dog can disrupt other guests and be embarrassing to us as the guardians, it also has far reaching consequences. A lot of hotels are beginning to stop being “pet-friendly” because it’s simply too hard to manage, is time consuming, and sometimes it’s costly compensating other guests who may not be so accommodating to of the nuisance 4-legged travelers can bring.
There are various measures you can take to ensure your pet is a 5-star guest. If you have a dog that barks too much, perhaps you shouldn’t go to a hotel at all as they’re unlikely to change their behaviour in a new and unfamiliar environment. If that’s the case, consider opting for a pet-friendly accommodation that’s a bit outdoors and where noise is somewhat tolerated. These may include camp grounds or holiday homes that aren’t too close to neighbours.
However, if you decide to go to a pet-friendly hotel and leave them alone anyway, the following are some valuable tips on how to keep the peace and keep your dog quiet in a hotel room.
• Minimise the time you’re away as this is unfamiliar territory to them and they may feel scared or abandoned. Furthermore, even when you do leave, make sure that your dog has had time to acclimatize to the hotel room and don’t leave them alone straight after checking in. Bring along their bedding and toys so that it has something familiar for comfort. Your dog needs to start feeling comfortable in the hotel room before you leave it.
• Try not to leave your dog in hotel rooms for long stretches of time as they’ll get bored, hear foreign noises, and may get anxious. Some hotels also stipulate that pets must not be left unattended so it’s always advised to check before you book. It’s best to plan and design an itinerary wherein you can actively involve your dog as well. Consider taking them out in the day and tiring them out. That way they’ll be tired in the evenings and will be unlikely to cause a ruckus.
• If available, look for a hotel that offers two room suites - one which includes a bedroom and a living room. As such, when you leave, you can keep your dog in the bedroom and close the doors which will again minimize any outside noises of other guests or house keeping. It may also act as a barrier muffling any noise your dog may make.
• This may sound crazy but ask if the hotel has pet-sitting as many pet-friendly hotels are starting to offer this to their guests. That way, you can rest assured your pet has some company while you’re exploring the sites.
• When you’re out of the hotel with your dog, make sure that you play around with it and allow it to enjoy a nice long walk. When you return, feed it well. This should get your dog to fall asleep for several hours and you’ll have some personal time to do what you like.
• Leave plenty of distractions in the room when you leave. These distractions may include little treats or the toys that your dog is most familiar with.
• Dogs generally get curious or anxious when they hear unfamiliar sounds. In a hotel room, hearing unfamiliar sounds will unfortunately be a common occurrence. However, you can play some music in the room to drown out sounds from outside or leave the TV on. If there’s a particular type of music that your dog is already used to, playing that would be ideal.
• Make sure that the hotel front desk has your contact information. Furthermore, be very responsive if they call you with any concerns. If you’re told that your dog is howling away and disturbing other guests, rush back immediately, apologize, and don’t leave your dog alone again.
Having your dog with you is a pleasure but also a big responsibility. You’re responsible for ensuring you keep the peace with other paying guests. You should only take it on if you’re confident you’re up for the challenge.
For pet-friendly hotels in Australia, visit petcheckin.com.au where all accommodations clearly outline the accommodation provider’s pet policies so you don’t get caught out.