Poodle and dog-friendly hotels that let your pet stay for free

I don’t know of too many poodle owners and dog owners that want to leave their pets behind when taking a family vacation or a road trip.  If you do take your poodle or pup with you, chances are you will have a tough time finding a place that allows pets and you will have to pay extra fees.  Sometimes those fees can be pretty hefty.


Lucy the poodle

Lucy, the poodle, is always up for a road trip!

But, my fellow dog owners, there is good news.  Laura Goldman of ilovedogfreindly.com put together a list of the pet friendly hotels that allow dogs and do not charge a fee.  Here’s a list of the 4 hotel chains that you can bring you entire family, even the four legged ones.


Kimpton Hotels – The largest boutique hotel company in the U.S. charges no fees for pets, nor does it impose any size or breed restrictions in its nearly 50 hotels. Even extras like cozy dog beds, food bowls and gourmet treats are supplied free of charge. However, there is a fee for special pet packages that include services like pet massage and doggie pedicures. “Our creative packages and complimentary amenities add value to each guest’s hotel stay and ultimately set the stage for stress-free pet travel,” Steve Pinetti, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release.


La Quinta – Dogs up to 50 pounds are welcome and stay for free at more than 700 La Quinta hotels nationwide. When you make a reservation online, write a note in the “Special Requests” field indicating you’ll be bringing your pooch; when booking by phone, let the representative know you’re traveling with your dog.


Motel 6 – This budget-friendly chain was also a pet-friendly pioneer. Along with leaving the light on for you, Motel 6 will welcome your pooches “unless they pose a health or safety risk or are prohibited by law,” according to its website. Be sure to declare your dog when you check in.


Red Roof Inns – “You stay happy, pets stay free!” this chain assures its guests. More than 345 Red Roof Inns in 36 states welcome one pet per room, with no additional charges. You must declare your dog when you register. “Just because you’re furry, shouldn’t mean you have to spend the night in the car,” notes RedRoofLuvs Pets, the chain’s Facebook page dedicated to its fur-legged guests. Be aware that due to local laws, only service dogs are allowed at Red Roof Inns in Oxon Hill, Md.; Flushing, N.Y.; and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.


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Traveling is too much fun not to be able to share your trip with your poodle or dog.  Finding a place to stay where you can bring your pet with you shouldn’t be so hard.

If you have stayed in a hotel or motel that allowed pets, let us know which one it was.  Share it with us by leaving a comment below this post.


An Unrestrained Poodle In Your Car Could Be An Expensive Ticket In NJ

Most of us love to take our poodle or dog to the dog park or around the corner for a quick errand on our way home from a trip out with our pup.  But as of recent changes in the law, An Unrestrained Poodle In Your Car Could Be An Expensive Ticket In NJ.

The new statute in New Jersey, which is  4:22-18, considers unrestrained pets in vehicles is an act of animal cruelty.  Drivers who don’t secure the dog in a pet seat belt will be subject to fines.  The fines range from $250 to $1,000 in addition to the possible jail sentence of up to six months.

poodle in a car

Don't let your poodle ride in the car like this in N.J. anymore

Does this sound extreme to you?  It does to me, however, I do see the point to some degree.  I think the fines are a little too stiff, but the idea is to not only safe your pet’s life should an accident occur, but also yours.  When an unrestrained dog is moving around in the car and you have to try to handle him or her while driving, it could cause you to lose control of your car momentarily, which can be very dangerous.  It’s also a hazard for other drivers as well.

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An Unrestrained Poodle In Your Car Could Be An

Expensive Ticket In NJ


Unless you want to pay up to $1000.00 in fines each and every time you are caught traveling with your pooch that is not restrained properly, I suggest you listen up and get yourself a good harness or doggy seat belt.  You should get one that is suited for your size dog, since they are made for different size pets.  Here is what trips-with-pets had to say about getting a good dog seat belt for your car.

Securing your pet during car travel is essential to ensuring their safety.  There are many ways to properly secure your pet in a vehicle.  Buckling them up in a pet seat belt is a very easy and affordable way to help ensure that your pet stays safe while traveling in your vehicle.  Pet seat belts range in price from about $9 – 
$40.  They come in different sizes to accommodate most all sized pets and most are adjustable.
Most pet seat belts attach onto your vehicle’s seat belt.  Some come with leads that have a buckle at one end that fits into your vehicle’s seat belt receptacle, and the other end of the lead has a clip that attaches onto your pet’s harness.  Other pet seat belts have leads that have a loop at one end in which you put your vehicle’s seat belt strap through and the other end has a clip which attaches to a harness.  If you choose to give your pet more freedom in the back seat, you can get a pet seat belt that has a zip line which attaches between the two rear passenger side handles, creating a tether which attaches to your pet’s harness.
No matter what type of pet seat belt you choose, you must always use a harness – never a collar.  A collar can easily choke or strangle your pet if you stop fast or are in an accident.  In addition, pet’s should never ride in the front seat.   Deployed airbags can seriously injure pets.

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If your dog is used to riding next to you on the seat or laying down in the back seat, it will probably be an adjustment for some dogs.  It all depends upon how easily your dog will adjust to being restrained in a harness for the first time.  Some dogs will adjust quickly and easily, but some will not.  It’s very important to get the right size harness or dog seat belt that fits your pup well and can be adjusted easily.  Take a short ride at first, just around the block, to see how it goes.


As soon as you have actually identified the dog seat belt that’s perfect for your puppy, then the first thing you’ll do is most likely readjust it so it fits them snugly. Thereafter, you’ll need to have them trained to adore getting into it – fortunately this procedure is nothing like crate training!

All you really need to do is take them to the car as soon as you can after putting it on and go for a quick drive. This gives you an idea of precisely how well their dog seat belt fits them and whether you need to adjust it, plus it in addition helps your puppy to promptly form an association between this peculiar brand-new object and the car.

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These tips should help you out when it’s time to get that harness for your pet travel.  Remember, an unrestrained dog in the car is a potential danger to you, your dog and to other drivers.  It’s a serious distraction to have your poodle wandering all over the inside of the car while you are trying to concentrate on driving or if you are in traffic or on the highway speeding along.  And as of now, An Unrestrained Poodle In Your Car Could Be An Expensive Ticket In NJ to boot



Safety Tips For Traveling With Your Poodle

If you are planning a vacation with your family and have a poodle or other pet, here are some Safety Tips For Traveling With Your Poodle.  Having a pet with you is very much like having a child and you should be prepared for any and every situation that can come up.

When you are packing your bags and making a checklist for that all important trip or vacation, make sure to make a separate checklist for your poodle or you may find yourself ill prepared to deal with some of the things that can come up during your trip.


Lucy is always ready to hit the road and travel with us


Safety Tips For Traveling With Your Poodle

Medicines – Before you travel, make a visit to your vet. You have to ensure if your pet is in good health before traveling. Also ask your vet to give you a list of medications that you may need when you are traveling. If your pet is on some medications make sure to pick up some refills.
Train your pet with the Kennel or Carrier – Before traveling, make sure you train your pet to be comfortable with the Kennel or Carrier. The kennel is the safest way for your pet to travel. It is mandatory in most flights to carry your pet in a carrier or a kennel. Also some hotels, would want you to keep your pet in the kennel when you are out of your room.
Food bowl and Can Opener – It is best to keep your pet on the same diet that he or she is accustomed to. It will prevent your pet from getting sick in the stomach. If your pet likes to eat canned food, then you should have an opener to feed him/her. Make sure you feed water regularly to keep your pet hydrated.
Cleaning supplies – Carry a good quality lint brush and some stain removers. Always clean up as much as you can before you leave a room.

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Other one of the more important Safety Tips For Traveling With Your Poodle is to keep a list of the local veterinarian offices near where you will be staying, as well as the name of any emergency vet or animal hospital in the vicinity.  Should something happen, you can at least know where to go in a hurry without having to look for a vet or emergency animal clinic at the last minute.

It is also a good idea to take down all of your poodle’s identification tag numbers and keep records of vaccinations with you when you travel.  And you should have another number or two of a pet-friendly hotel besides the one you have already booked, just in case.  Sometimes places overbook and you could be in for trouble without a backup plan for pet friendly lodgings.


Make Pet-Travel Easier For Your Poodle

A recent article from TODAY Travel just revealed some helpful hints from the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, about how to Make Pet-Travel Easier For Your Poodle.

Whether you are planning to travel by plane, car or both, as it is often the case, make sure to check out this article about some of the things you can do ahead of time, to make the trip less stressful on your pet and easier on yourself, too. A lot of simple, yet important ideas are covered from having a short “rehearsal” for your car trip and crate travel to checking ahead for pet-friendly lodging and what to do if an unexpected accident occurs when letting your poodle out on the floor for the first time in a new environment. Take a look at what Cesar Milan has to say about Make Pet-Travel Easier For Your Poodle.


Lucy, the poodle is all dressed and ready to travel

If your beloved dog has ever lifted a leg on a hotel staircase, escaped out of the backseat of your car or kept everyone in your vacation rental awake with mournful howls, you are due for a lesson from the “Dog Whisperer.”

Cesar Millan takes his dogs — Junior the pitbull and Coco the chihuahua — on so many journeys that the two pooches practically carry their own platinum-level frequent flier cards.To prepare your dog for the unfamiliar and unnatural experience of being in an airplane, Millan recommends rehearsing ahead of the trip.

“Put [your pet] in the crate for a few hours, put him in the car, and help him associate a calm feeling with the crate and travel,” Millan said. If pets — or people — get nervous on the actual travel day, try rubbing lavender oil on the paws or hands, Millan suggests. It is found to have a calming effect on humans and animals alike.

Many owners of big dogs struggle with the issue of whether to sedate their pet before it goes into the cargo space. Millan says it’s OK to skip the knockout drugs.

“The best and most natural sedation is to take them for a long, even longer, the longest walk that day, so the dog is so tired it’s almost in hibernation,” he said.

Related: Cesar Millan offers 15 tips for pet-friendly travel

While flying might be the most challenging travel element for a pet, owners and fellow travelers often get put to the test on the ground. When animals are forced into completely new and unexpected environments, they can react in a variety of ways: growling, hiding in the bathtub, trying to escape, and of course, having an “accident.”

“It is not the dog’s fault,” Millan said. “Most of the time it means that the owner has gone too soon indoors without walking the dog, or it can mean that the dog is nervous and this is a fear reaction.”

Don’t be embarrassed, pet owners — just clean up the mess.

“Every pet-friendly hotel knows the consequences of welcoming dog guests,” Millan said.

For hoteliers, one consequence is more pet-toting customers.

Dede Gotthelf, owner of the Southampton Inn, initially designated 10 percent of her rooms as pet-friendly, but has increased to 15 percent in order to meet strong customer demand.

“We have had large dogs, small dogs, cats, occasional birds in cages, and a bearded dragon that visits every Columbus Day weekend,” Gotthelf said. Her affluent, primarily East Coast customer base considers their pets “part of the family” — and are willing to pay a nominal nightly pet fee on top of the room rate, which averages around $500 during the summer high season (about half that in off-season).

The Southampton Inn, like nearly all pet-friendly accommodations, has “house rules” that require owners to obey leash laws, be respectful of other guests’ space, and clean up messes to the best of their ability.

One rule guests may be most tempted to break involves leaving pets alone in a room. While most hoteliers will overlook a bit of late-night yapping or a minor mess, hotels can ask you to leave if your dog is found unattended in your room. In other words, if you head out for dinner, the pooch goes with you.

When renting a car, be aware that rental companies are not required to give pets the same rights as people. If they extend a pet-friendly policy, be a responsible customer. Safety on the road should be your priority — and when you’re ready to return, cleanliness is crucial.

“Take caution to ensure pets are kept in one area of the car. Thoroughly clean hair and any pet messes from its cars prior to rental return,” advised Paula Rivera, manager of public affairs for Hertz. Not only is it thoughtful to the next customer, but it’ll also avoid cleaning fees.

One pet-mess scenario — the car-sick dog — is fairly common. It can’t be completely avoided, but humans can control some factors.

“Motion sickness for dogs is very different than for humans,” said Millan. “It does not mix well with a full stomach.” Thus, while you might want to stick with a normal feeding routine while traveling, it’s actually better not to feed a pet much before or during a long drive day.

I think that these tips are going to be helpful for a lot of people who are new to pet-friendly travel or are arranging a vacation for the first time with their four legged family member. Lucy, our poodle, has now gotten her “traveling legs” so to speak and has become very accustomed to traveling in the car. I thought that this was a great article with some good tips on how to Make Pet-Travel Easier For Your Poodle and for you as well, even if you are not the dog whisperer, himself!

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