Dog hotel

You are planning a trip to unwind for a while but you are not sure how your dog might fare without you? Maybe the idea of a temporary stay in a dog hotel has crossed your mind and you’re wondering if it’s the right fit for you. Finding a facility near where you live can definitely make things easier.

What are dog hotels?

One option for dog owners are dog hotels where your dog can stay while you are absent. There are many all across the country, ranging from the most standard to the most luxurious and we are here to give you all the answers you are looking for. Your dog will be left in the care of caretakers similar to a short hotel stay. Dogs are looked after by trained staff who take them out for walks and games. Some places also offer a range of services and activities to help dogs settle in and keep them entertained.

Prices for dog hotels

In general, it’s hard to say exactly how much a stay will cost. However, luxury dog hotels can charge prices of over £100 per day. On average, the price is £18 per day and per dog. Some facilities offer discounted rates for boarding that lasts at least a week or for boarding several dogs at the same time. On top of the daily rate, you’ll probably have to pay for adds-on such as extra walks, activities or services like grooming.

How to choose the best hotel near you

The first thing you need to make sure is whether your dog will be happy staying in a hotel. Not all dogs are fine with being around other dogs. It goes without saying that you should only leave your dog in the care of people that you trust. Your dog’s safety should be your first priority, it is therefore recommended to carefully consider the place that fits your pet’s needs best. Do as much research as you can and visit the hotel before you make the final decision.

Find out if the facilities are all up to date regarding laws and regulations and that they follow a strict safety policy. Take a look around and find out where your dog will be spending most of its time. Are the areas secured against escapes? Your dog should feel safe and happy in its new environment. If you already know that your dog doesn’t like to move or has a hard time dealing with other pets, a dog hotel might not be the ideal solution.

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Alternatives

Dog-friendly hotels

In this day and age, more and more "human" hotels are offering the possibility to take pets along. This is especially convenient for dog owners who couldn't imagine a vacation without their four-legged best friend anyway. If you want to go for a dog-friendly hotel, make sure to do research in advance about the hotel's policies and canine accommodations. While dog hotels are a great option for some dogs, others might not be so happy about a stay away from home.

Ask friends and family

This is always a great idea because it can be less stressful for your dog who might already know the people close to you and doesn’t have to leave its home. It can also be considerably cheaper than booking a professional dog sitting service. In any case, you want to leave your four-legged friend in the hands of someone you fully trust.

Professional services

Other times, when friends or family are unavailable, pet sitting services are the perfect solution. Holidog and many other companies offer dog sitting services all over the world. Dog sitting with a pet sitter offers a great advantage over dog hotels because it doesn’t require your dog to move. It can stay in its familiar environment and patiently wait for your return while you enjoy your trip, your mind at ease.

Considering pet care at home?

On Holidog, we have registered pet sitters that fit all budgets. There are many dog sitters near you who would love to take care of your four-legged friend while you’re away. To filter by budget, simply enter your postal code on our website search and select your ideal dog sitter based on the prices that are displayed on their profiles. Also, know that most prices regress based on a growing amount of days booked.

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