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Taking Your Dog With You to a Hotel? Tips by

Monday, May 18th, 2020

After States open up from Stay-At-Home orders people may choose to stick together as a family on a road trip for their first outing. You can take your dog too.

UNITED STATES, May 18, 2020 / — Over twenty years ago when was started there were some hotels that allowed dogs. They did not really welcome dogs for the most part. Most of these hotels allowed small dogs only and only a small fraction allowed dogs of medium to large sizes. And only some of the lower priced economy hotels allowed dogs back then. That is no longer the case. There are hotels, B&Bs, Vacation Rentals and other lodging for people traveling with all size dogs. There are fancy, high end hotels, low end budget hotels and everything in between.

The main factors effecting dog-friendly lodging are
The quality of the hotel for your human guests (Five star to budget)
The size of the dog (small, medium or large)
The pet fee – pet fees can either be zero, by the day or by the stay.
The number of dogs your traveling with (one is easiest, two is ok, above that is more difficult).
Breed of the dog – Pit bulls and some other breeds have more issues.
Smoking rooms (very few hotels anymore require pets to stay in smoking rooms).

If you are traveling with a single small dog then almost any hotel that allows dogs will work for you. A small dog is roughly considered the size dog that the airlines allow. Twenty pounds is about the upper limit. Thirty pounds may work in a wider dog breed. Since any hotel will work then you can look for the one that matches your style – from five stars to budget hotels. You should pay attention to the pet fee as you will need to pay that. Some pet fees are one time, others are by the night and some are even by the pet for the night. So if you have two dogs the pet fee would be higher then if you only have one dog in these hotels.

If you are traveling with more than one dog or larger dogs it gets more tricky as lodging choices may be more limited. You should still be able to find lodging in most areas. If your dog is medium sized (40 to 60 pounds) or a popular breed you shouldn’t have much trouble. In fact, most hotels that limit sizes to small dogs may agree to take your medium sized dog. Many times you could take your 50 pound dog to a hotel that allows “small dogs only” by asking the hotel in advance. If your dog is a larger dog (70 pounds or more) you will have more limited choices.

If you have two or more dogs you may be further limited. Two dogs is not really a problem – most hotels that allow a dog of your dog’s size will usually take two dogs. They may, however, double the pet fee. Three or more dogs are more difficult. We knew a traveler who traveled with 7 dogs to do a dog act at rodeos or shows. Some budget hotels will allow three or more dogs. It is suggested that you try the ones with direct outside doors or separate cabins if possible.

Should you leave your dogs alone in the room and for how long? You should try to avoid it when possible. If your dog (especially a puppy) was to chew up the carpet you will get a steep bill. Also, if the maids come in problems could happen, even with a friendly dog. The dog could get out or an incident could happen. Always place the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door if dogs are in the room. The dog may bark as people walk by or walk in the room above yours. It is recommend that you kennel a dog if you are keeping it in the room alone. Know your dog. If your dog will bark, that will be a problem. If it is winter and legal you can leave your dog in a car. Otherwise, there are pet sitters and many Petsmart stores have doggy day care. Some hotels will require that you leave your cell phone number if you leave your dog alone in the room.

If you have a pit bull or another breed that may be confused with a pit bull you may have to ask about your dog. This is unfortunate but true. They usually blame their “insurance” for discriminating” against breeds. It may or may not be true. has many tips on traveling with your dog or even taking your dog around town. See for many places near you to visit with your dog.’s website is free to use and there is a free Ebook available with 176 pages of tips on traveling with your dog.

Sedona Arizona Tops’s 2020 Top U.S. Vacation and Resort Regions

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

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Due to the lockdowns for Coronavirus this year, people with dogs should consider these less crowded destinations where social distancing may be easier as well. These places go up and beyond for you and your pet.

May 15, 2020 — Sedona / Grand Canyon Arizona together top the Top U.S. Vacation and Resort Regions for 2020. – Take a leashed dog on the Grand Canyon rim, stay at any of a number of pet-friendly Sedona resorts and hike or take a dog-friendly jeep. Due to the lockdowns for Coronavirus this year, people with dogs should consider these less crowded destinations where social distancing may be easier as well. These places go up and beyond for you and your pet. The rest of the year’s Top 10 are:

2. Cape Cod Massachusetts – Beaches, Boats and surf for you and your dog. B&Bs and patio dining in most of the towns. Many miles of dog-friendly beaches.

3. Key West / Florida Keys – Quaint dog-friendly B&Bs, a large choice of fully outdoor dining and bars, a dog-friendly aquarium and other attractions.

4. Carmel / Monterey Carmel Beach is off-leash friendly, there are numerous fine hotels walking trails both paved and dirt and patio restaurants.

5. Lake Tahoe / Virginia City- Stay at a nice vacation rental, enjoy winter or water sports, visit the old west in Virginia City.

6. Black Hills – Camping and park options are everywhere. There are dog-friendly attractions to keep you busy for a while.

7. St. Augustine – Take a boat or ghost tour. Visit the Fountain of Youth. Lots of dog-friendly shopping and dining around Old Town.

8. Chattanooga – Shop and Dine along the river. Visit Rock City Gardens and hike the area and Ruby Falls.

9. Bar Harbor/Acadia – Acadia National Park is very dog-friendly with many trails. Take a boat, camp or hike. Dine in town or in the park.

10. Amarillo – Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park for great dog-friendly hiking. Take in Cadillac Ranch and stay and have a large steak at Big Texan Steak Ranch. also has dog-friendly tips for social distancing as well at its blog at

For more details visit, founded in 1998 to provide dog travel information, offers a free website and publishes paperback books.

When We Can Venture Out Again –’s Tips on Social Distancing With Your Dogs

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

A Dog Lover’s Guide to the COVID Stay At Home Orders ( has spent over 20 years helping people find places to which to take their dogs. From hotels to attractions, restaurants to beaches, shopping, dog parks, RV parks, city and state parks, hikes and more  has searched for places to take your dog where they would also be welcome. Now, oddly, it is we that are banned from places even more so than our four legged friends. Whereas people could go everywhere we were limited where we could take our pets. My, how things are different now.

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Your dog is probably happy that you are home so much more! More playtime, more snacks and, if your area permits it, maybe plenty of walks. Dogs during this time need to stay on leashes more than ever as they can create more human to human contact. By visiting with other dogs your dog will bring you close to the other dog guardians and visa versa. Also, although there is no evidence of dogs catching coronavirus they are certainly capable of bringing it back to you on their fur.  As states are opening up most of us are or will shortly be able to walk our dogs on leash.

Dogs have been known to participate in business meetings on Zoom, school classes over the Internet and even live broadcasts by the news media from their living room. Some dogs are becoming famous in their own circles in this way. I myself have heard barking during my kids classes and on news reports.

Dog Parks in most states have been closed for the initial shutdown stages but some are now opening up with phase one openings. Check your local regulations.  Parks in some cities and states have been closed too but with proper social distancing many have remained open. Again, dogs should remain on leash when in parks and well controlled in dog parks. Some people who require limited risk of infection should pick the slower times to walk their dog or go to the neighborhood dog park.

With takeout food the norm at restaurants your pup may have felt the playing field even up. Whereas you have been allowed to dine in restaurants, Fido has not been allowed to, restricted to the outdoor seating areas which have now also been closed to their human companions. Your dog will love take out food where you find the nearest picnic bench, your house deck or your living room and enjoy dinner with them. As restaurants open up we will likely want to eat outdoors more in an area more accessible to our furry buddies.

Traveling in an RV or tent camping is good for your dog and likely good for avoiding Corona-virus for people. Unlike a hotel room, where you don’t know who stayed there the night before and have lots of doorknobs to touch you bring your lodging with you when camping. And you can bring your dog. Social distancing is easier as well. What’s not to like there? Maybe mosquitos.

“Of course, we have never seen a situation such as this in our lifetimes.” says Len Kain, President and Editor in Chief of “Never have so many places been closed to us and our dogs. To your dog, there is some good and some bad about the current situation. As things open up more dog-friendly places will too”.

After 9/11 we saw a big uptick in traveling with your family and your dogs. People traveled by car for a while more than planes. They stayed closer to home and wanted to keep the whole family together. It is likely we will see a similar pattern as the country opens up from Covid-19. will continue to list places that, as things begin to open up, your dog can do with you. From hotels, cabins, RV parks, parks, dog parks, outdoor restaurants, hiking trails, shopping, transportation and more hopefully we will resume something closer to normal soon.

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