Bad Dawg Owners

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I cannot reply online to this comment (FB), because I have too much to say to this person, so I am asking the diplomatic person to do so. But I saw this, and thought about you who allow dogs in your rooms, and charge a fee. These fees she mentions are $5 a day, fyi and not to exceed $15.

"We do a lot of camping but I have to say these dogs fees are outragus. So seeing that I now have to pay for my dogs I will no longer be cleaning up after them after all isnt that what Im paying the dog fees for"

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Sorry I meant to say THIS WAS FROM a campground at a state park. on FB, but just sharing how ridiculous the thinking is on this one!

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We do not allow pets of any kind and actually gain guests because of it.  I just booked a couple who pointedly asked "Do you allow pets or smoking?".  When I said NO, she breathed a sigh of relief and booked.  So don't be bashful about turning them away.

Sorry to those of you who have pets as part of your family...but irresponsible pet owners have spoiled it for the rest of you. 

And to tell you the truth, I won't stay in a place that accepts pets any more.  The last pet-friendly place we stayed smelled doggy even though it obviously had been cleaned.  

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We allow pets in two specific rooms (out of five).  It meets a traveling need in the Pac NW for folk with dogs and still allows us to be able to assure no pets in the other three rooms.  Cleaning (one time fee $25) includes mop/wipe down with dilute white vinegar.  Four years in and so far no problems.  We have unusually polite guests, however.

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Yeah, the fee covers normal extra cleaning after a pet. Around here, poop of any kind is considered a biohazard that if the housekeeper refuses to clean, we are required by law to hire a biohazard team to clean. I assure you that the bill for that... will be sent. 

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Ouch. Bad dog person. She has to clean up when camping for Pete's sake. I bet she runs the A/C with the windows open, too because she's 'paying for it'.

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That is outrageous.  I am at a loss for words, this in a nutshell is why people are not taking dogs in.  Personally, this would be the straw that broke my back.  I think I would say "We are sorry, but we no longer accept pets" and be done with it.  Let her camp.

  I had enough problems last year with almost every dog owner breaking the rules to make me seriously re-think allowing dogs.  Everyone seemed to take exception, letting their dog run loose, a dog left (barking) in the room while the owners went out to dinner, etc.  I didn't enjoy having to play the heavy and "talk" to the owners.

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We did get out of the dog biz last November. 3 hours cleaning up after a dog that ran thru the room with a mascara wand. (Rubbing alcohol if you ever get mascara in the carpet.) Neither of the guests mentioned it and they both walked thru it and tracked it all over, too. That was the straw.

However, the load was heavy at that point. One guest who never took the dog out the 2 days she was here. Other guests who threw the nasty dog blanket on the upholstered chair. I provided quilts for this, keep the nasty car blanket in the car.

A friend just lost guests because one room left the barking dog alone and then would not answer the cellphone. (I know this because we ended up with the displaced guests.)

Will this cost me? Yes, it will. Will I be a more relaxed innkeeper knowing the only dogs showing up this year are dogs I know? Yes, I will.

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So you are going to allow "known" good dogs?  Will others staying think it odd that you have a no dog policy but there are dogs?  I wrestle with this one.  We had some very nice dogs and owners, but enough of the  doggy PITAS to really rock me.

I was thinking of blaming it on the insurance....makes me less evildevil

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white pine wrote:

I was thinking of blaming it on the insurance....

And the health department. (Dogs don't wear shirts or shoes so they cannot be served.)

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yes

 

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white pine wrote:

I was thinking of blaming it on the insurance....makes me less evildevil

We refused certain breeds because of insurance. And I even phrased it as such in the policies - 'We know YOU'RE a good dog, but some of your relatives got a bad rap, so we can't take you here.' (I wrote the whole thing out TO the dog FROM my dog.)

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What I say on the website is we are no longer accepting new pets. Please call for more info. Most of the guests who are coming made their reservations last year. I am not kicking them to the curb. I have a rez for a dog coming in in 2014!

For guests who complain about the dogs, I will use the above explanation. These folks reserved in good faith and we can't turn them away. Besides, the only rez I have this year is for a family we're very fond of. Ditto next year. Otherwise, we are not even getting called anymore. (It was kind of frantic at the end of last year right after we initiated the new policy and one family did 'sneak in' because I missed a spot on our website about dogs.)

Anyone else with a known 'bad owner' will be referred elsewhere.

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Thanks for the ideas, noted...

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