If you’re planning a trip with your dog, and considering staying at an Airbnb, use these tips for booking your next stay!
Start your search for the perfect dog friendly Airbnb stay, by following these steps:
First, enter your desired travel destination location, travel dates, and the number of travel guests. Once the results are displayed, click on “more filters:”
A new popup window will open. Scroll down to “house rules” and check the box marked “pets allowed:”
Now, you’ll only be viewing accommodation options that are pet friendly.
Pro tip: read through the description in case the host has specified anything regarding their pet policy. For example, the Airbnb host may only allow small dogs. Another thing worth noting here, is, if you plan on renting out a private room (rather than having the entire place to yourself), it’s always best to message the owner to verify if other dogs, or other animals will be on the property during your stay.
Here Are 7 Tips to Booking a Pet Friendly Airbnb
1. Verify The Listing Is, In Fact, A Pet-Friendly Airbnb
The number one thing you should do when planning to stay at an Airbnb with your dog is to message the host and verify that pets are allowed to stay at their property. You can search and filter for pet-friendly Airbnbs stays by following the steps listed above, but sometimes, a property may be listed as pet-friendly, when in fact, it is not.
For example, the property may have previously allowed pets, but the host has decided to change their policy. The “pets allowed” box is still ticked, but now there’s a note in the description that states, “no pets allowed.” You don’t want to set your heart on a property that plainly states that it does not allow pets.
In addition, be sure to read the fine print and check for any other restrictions or rules regarding pets. Some Airbnb hosts will only allow small dogs, or certain breeds to stay at their property. Some hosts may choose to charge an additional pet fee or cleaning fee. Having all this information upfront is helpful when selecting which Airbnb to book for your stay.
2. Are There Pets Currently Residing On The Property?
Perhaps you’re interested in renting a private room to save on costs, or you’re just needing a place to sleep because you’re passing through. Whatever the case may be, if you’re not going to be the only guests at the property, you should carefully consider these things when traveling with your dog.
Some Airbnb listings clearly state what pets will be present on property, their temperament and the likelihood of interactions. When in doubt, send a message to the owner and ask for further details or clarification.
When it comes to your dog, you know them best. If you’re traveling with a dog who doesn’t like cats, steer clear of properties that mention having cats as tenants. If your dog doesn’t get along with other dogs, find an Airbnb that allows you to rent out the entire place to yourself.
3. Notify The Airbnb Host That You Will Be Bringing Your Pet
When booking, or requesting to book a pet-friendly Airbnb, you should always send a message to the owner stating that you are traveling with a pet. This gives the owner the opportunity to respond and inform you of any additional rules or charges you may incur.
Here’s a quick example of some verbiage you can use when messaging the host about traveling with your pet: “We are traveling with our well-behaved small dog, a Boston Terrier named Leroy. We always travel with Leroy’s dog bed, dog bowls and toys.”
4. Follow The Rules And Ask Questions
Be sure to follow whatever rules are listed under the “house rules” section. Airbnb is a community and part of that, is respecting the rules.
Here are some house rules, or rules regarding pets you may come across, under different listings:
- No pets on the furniture or “four on the floor”
- Do not leave pets unattended
- Do not use bowls or dishes from the kitchen for your pet
- Clean up after your pet
- No vicious breeds
- Pets will need approval prior to booking
- No cats
If the particular listing doesn’t have much listed under their house or pet rule section, here are a few good questions you should ask the host:
- Are pets allowed on the furniture and/or bed?
- Can pets be left unattended?
- Are there restricted areas that are off limits?
- Do you provide a dog crate?
A good host will be up front about the house rules and their pet policy. In any case, when in doubt, just ask.
5. Take Everything Your Pet Needs
When staying in Airbnbs with your pet, pack all the essentials. This can include dog beds, towels, food bowls, leashes etc.
While some Airbnb hosts may provide items for your pet, it’s always best to double check in advance.
Bringing your dog’s personal belongings will also help them adjust and feel more at home. Nothing beats sleeping in your own bed, this is true for pets too.
6. Minimize Noise During Your Stay
Another major concern for pet owners when traveling with their dog is barking or excessive noise.
You know your dog best, and it’s up to you to decide where your dog will feel most comfortable. Choosing the right setting will ultimately make your trip, and your dog’s trip, a better one!
If you know your dog is prone to react to noises, an Airbnb in a bustling city may not be the best option. Read through some of the other reviews on the property. If other reviews mention it being noisy, it might be best to look for a quieter home to rent.
The same consideration should apply if you plan on leaving your dog unattended. (provided this is allowed based on the house rules). If you have a dog that suffers from separation anxiety and doesn’t like being left alone, and will potentially howl and wake up the neighborhood, it’s probably best not to leave them alone.
7. Clean Up After Your Pet
This tip goes without saying. Please be considerate and ALWAYS clean up after your pet. This is especially true if you’re staying in an Airbnb with a backyard, where your pet has been doing their business. Pack extra dog poop bags. They are compact and don’t take up a lot of space. Better to have more, than not enough in this instance.
If you’re traveling with a pet that sheds a lot of hair, consider sweeping it up or running the vacuum cleaner, if available. A good rule of thumb is to leave the house in a similar condition of what it was like when when you initially arrived.
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