IF you take guest dogs, do you take them in...

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All/any of your guest rooms
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Only in specific dog-friendly rooms (other rooms are "no dogs allowed")
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Just found out my hubby took a reservation including a dog.   I disagree with his decision.  But it is his business and we'll just deal with it!   LIve and learn, eh?

 

 

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Make sure you both agree that the dog can't have the run of the house or the yard! If you decide to do this as a side line, pick one room and that's it.

You don't want to have to clean 3 or more rooms that had dogs and you don't want to take the chance on fights.

Require that the guest provides you with proof the dog has had it's shots.

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Get separate bedding that is easily washed so you can just throw it all in the wash when they leave.

Have a separate blanket for the dog and towels you don't care about. Guests will use your good towels and let the dog on the bed unless you tell them otherwise.

We had a note in the room from our dog explaining house rules for dogs.

Provide poop bags or you'll be cleaning up after the dog. Tell guests where to leave them.

Charge them for the dog! $25. No matter how much they tell you their dog is clean, it isn't! The number of guests who thought 'my dog doesn't shed' meant they wouldn't have to pay for the 'extra cleaning' was beyond counting.

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I have had 3 calls now from a man in Canada with horses re staying here in Jan (possibly my deadest month). Today it was because he saw (someone read them!!) policies - no pets. He has a dog. I agreed - next month I will REALLY need money). Mistake? Probably but I will have to live with it. It will pay one of my bills.

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My question was tongue in cheek. Which is why I used the word "discriminate" the poor little fluffy mutt wants to stay at the inn like the pure breed. Smiling

Speaking of purebred mutts, DH got in my car this morning and saw muddy small footprints over the leather seats...yeah I took her for a hike yesterday, we encountered some muddy spots. haha I cleaned it off.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

My question was tongue in cheek. Which is why I used the word "discriminate" the poor little fluffy mutt wants to stay at the inn like the pure breed. Smiling

Speaking of purebred mutts, DH got in my car this morning and saw muddy small footprints over the leather seats...yeah I took her for a hike yesterday, we encountered some muddy spots. haha I cleaned it off.

How cute!

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I have three dogs. If I allowed dogs mine would be excited and worried and noisy. Nope. And from how my dogless people treat the rooms I would NOT want them to bring their dogs with them, thanks.

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We don't take dogs and personally I would not stay in a B+B that did.  But that's just me.  I don't mind if the owners have a dog that might wander through the common area. But I do not want to sleep in a room that has had an animal in it...the eyes start itching and the nose starts running.  No thanks. 

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What kind of dogs...can you discriminate against big dogs, medium dogs, small stinky dogs?

THIS is the question.

An intensely slobbery dog like a low legged basset hound... that has a stink gland, and drool...

Just sayin'...I think if you have a B&B then the dogs can stay elsewhere. Unless you have cabins and a fun dog place! I would love that. There is a place in Black Mountain NC where we took our dog, they were set up for dogs, it was really fun.

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What kind of dogs...can you discriminate against big dogs, medium dogs, small stinky dogs?

THIS is the question.

Zoom out and ask how can you discriminate against stinky people?? You know the ones who reek of smoke, or perfume, or sausage (had that odour linger in the room for days after they left!)? Seriously, there are worse smells than dog.

But to answer your question, I have a rather restrictive dog policy. Dogs are not allowed to be left alone in the room at any time, even during breakfast. They can wait in the owner's car or, if they won't disturb other guests, outside near the entrance.

This weeds out the high-strung anxious dogs who tend to be yappy and bark at anything unfamiliar. It weeds out the darling little fur-babies who are too precious to leave out in the elements. It cuts down on the number of dog guests in the hot summer months and cold winter months (both busy times for us).

This means the dogs we get tend to be laid back, easy going, good travelers. The owners certainly love their dogs, but don't coddle them. Or at least they don't expect them to be treated like people. 

Plus there's the fact we have so much space for the dogs to run and play. They burn off any excess energy physically and it makes them calm. A tired dog is a good dog!

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I was thinking about orange vests for dogs, for visibility not just during hunting season but year round.  I was actually designing something in my mind yesterday, with clever-ness. Thinking of something one of the hiking magazines don't already promote. 

They have the cams (gopro) you can easily attach to a dog, that is fun...we attached one to a police dog in training and it was wild! Have you done this HappyJacks? I can imagine it would be a blast where you are! Year round. If you were paddling a canoe, the dog would wear the gopro and you could be seen paddling etc, and the surroundings, esp great since they are super wide angle.  If you had one on and the dog had one you could put the videos together.  Smiling

Consider it a business expense for your marketing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug9V5ybP0W0

HERE IS A GOOD ONE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxBS1E0KZQU

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I haven't done the dog cam myself but I've seen some great videos. I even saw a short film like this on the big screen last year at a film fest. It was a spunky little dog (maybe even a jack russel!) running alongside her mountain-biking person. Crazy!

It was part of the Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour. If you ever get a chance to go, the movies they screen are awesome, especially for anyone who likes outdoor sports and adventure.

JB, the tour is going to be in three towns in Virginia but I don't know if any are near you.

Maddie, I see it's coming your way!

You can find the US locations here: http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/listings/regions.as...

Interesting evening out to promote for guests or on a blog in general.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

What kind of dogs...can you discriminate against big dogs, medium dogs, small stinky dogs?

THIS is the question.

An intensely slobbery dog like a low legged basset hound... that has a stink gland, and drool...

Just sayin'...I think if you have a B&B then the dogs can stay elsewhere. Unless you have cabins and a fun dog place! I would love that. There is a place in Black Mountain NC where we took our dog, they were set up for dogs, it was really fun.

We never put a limit on the type of dog, just the number of them. And the times we had 4 guests and a dog in that room were not the happiest. And the folks who wanted 4 adults, a baby and a dog were quite a lot. If you want to go cheap you really need to stay at a hotel people! And I referred them to hotels all the time.

The reason we got out of the dog biz was the dog owners. The ones who didn't tell us when the dog damaged something or the ones who didn't take the dog out at all during their 2 1/2 day stay.

Yes, the stinky dogs were a problem. We know which dogs those are and we now plan for a carpet cleaning the day they leave. (We're still taking dogs we know.)

We were definitely against puppies and anyone who said, 'We use piddle pads so no worries the dog can stay in the room all day!'

I get your point. But dogs are a big business. Have we gained biz since not taking dogs? No. Have we lost biz? Only the dog biz, that room is still well-occupied by non-dog owners. (Another inn basically got all of our dog biz and she often has every room taken with dogs.)

A friend of mine didn't realize we took dogs but kept admonishing me to keep my dog out of the inn. 'It's stinky and no one wants a dog around!' When I told her we took dogs she said, 'Well, I would NEVER stay with you then.' So, it IS definitely a problem for some guests. It's a balancing act at that point. Because we had a dog we had dog hair everywhere, just could not keep it out of the inn, it was on our shoes, our clothes. I'm still finding dog hair 2 years later!

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Dogs allowed in vacation rental apartment in building separate from the B&B.  So far, the dogs have brought very responsible people with them!

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  what about the barking?  i traveled with friends who brought their two small dogs, they stayed in a pet friendly room. i was in the room next door.  any little noise and the two dogs would start barking, ... then i'd hear yipping from another room in answer.  over and over again this happened during the night. 

on the return trip, i asked for a room away from the dogs and my friends. ordinarily, i'd like to have a room near theirs ... but the noise was not fun.  i am thinking a b&b that takes dogs would be quieter than a hotel ? ... fewer guests, so fewer doors opening and closing in the night ... so maybe less nervous barking.

 

 

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Our dog room was away from all the other rooms. It was rare to hear a dog bark unless the guests were at breakfast. Then the dogs would whimper. Guests always took care of that.

Even with us stomping around upstairs we didn't have barking.

However, when we started here with our dog she rumbled all night when she heard anyone! That low woofle that big dogs do. Not a growl per se.

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We have 2 out of 5 rooms OK for dogs: below the main level, wood floor, one with a private exit and the other near the side door.

In four plus years, no problems; the feature has contributed to revenue and very much to repeat customers who value a comfortable place accepting their companion.

We definitely make it clear which rooms never have dogs and we have guests for whom that is important.  Our booking engine (resnexus) can't auto-book dogs - it is a retail item that quests can't ever find.  In room description we ask a potential guest to contact us for an "OK".  That works both ways: they are reassured that the dog is welcome and we get a sense of owner responsibility, as we prefer the dog be well mannered and not be left alone.

Cleanliness has not been a problem.  We have special bed and furniture covers.  Our outside environment has no ticks or fleas to bring in.  When guest leaves, we wipe and mop all wood with dilute white vinegar which kills residual smell (important for the next dog).

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Ticks

Fleas. Worms. Urine stains. Chewed furniture and flooring. Smells. (and yes, Sad all those could come from the human occupants too...ask M. about her bed wetting kid)

But not for us to judge. Pet-friendly places make good money off of the pet-friendly feature.

Yes, ResKey should support this. It's the same as if you offer some other add-on, only in rooms that supported it, like an in-room massage but only for rooms that have free space to set up a table.

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Ticks

Fleas. Worms. Urine stains. Chewed furniture and flooring. Smells. (and yes, Sad all those could come from the human occupants too...ask M. about her bed wetting kid)

But not for us to judge. Pet-friendly places make good money off of the pet-friendly feature.

Yes, ResKey should support this. It's the same as if you offer some other add-on, only in rooms that supported it, like an in-room massage but only for rooms that have free space to set up a table.

We were talking...yeah imagine that, along the road about this. The tick situation is thus...my dog is treated with tick treatment drops monthly. Does this repel ticks? Not at all. She still collects them and they end up not liking her taste and leave. She still collects them by the dozens when she runs in the woods, near any grass, queen anne lace being the worst of course for her, short legged and all.

Then we do, what we call around here when you hike "a tick check" before you go into a place, including a vehicle. So, if a dog were here hiking and havign a blast with its owner and came in here, it WOULD bring ticks in. In turn, of course there us Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Fever etc that can be transmitted.

So all that was what I wanted to say, and put it into one word.

Now PacNW you don't have this issue, as many others may not. But here...ticks are bad in the spring and summer time...reallllllly bad if you go off a trail, into ANY grass you will collect ticks. crying  I never saw a tick before moving to the MidAtlantic.

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Ticks

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We don't take them, but if we did, it would be only 1 room. I think having that option in ResKey would be really useful!

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I think it is a great plan. IF they read Smiling

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I think it is a great plan. IF they read Smiling

The great thing is they don't HAVE to read if the booking engine automatically filters out the dog-free rooms. My system does that now but it has other issues that annoy me. I'd jump ship and switch to ResKey in a heartbeat if it handled dogs the same way.

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The reason I ask is that John at Reservation Key expressed surprise that I only take dogs in specific dog-friendly rooms and do not allow dogs in the rest of my rooms.

My current online booking engine has guests enter: number of adults, number of children AND number of dogs. If somebody enters any number of dogs, the system only shows which dog-friendly rooms are available. I find this useful in preventing people from booking a dog-free room then showing up with Rover and thinking it's okay.

Am I the only one who thinks this is a useful feature? Am I worrying too much about people not reading or not understanding that we are dog-friendly with limitations?

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I think that's an excellent plan! A lot of guests don't want to stay in a room that allows pets.

I've had cancelations when guests have read their confirmation and found that dogs were allowed in the room they chose.

Apparently never saw it on the website!

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Madeleine wrote:

I think that's an excellent plan! A lot of guests don't want to stay in a room that allows pets.

I've had cancelations when guests have read their confirmation and found that dogs were allowed in the room they chose.

Apparently never saw it on the website!

I've found most people don't care but I've had a few specify they want a dog-free room.

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