There are a few tips to keep in mind when booking your next pet friendly accommodation. It could be the difference between a great holiday for the whole family, or a ruined trip away that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons. Here’s some key things to ask about before booking your pet friendly accommodation.

Check the accommodation has a fully fenced yard: Even the most obedient of pooches can be tempted to take a look around the new neighbourhood when they’re away from home, so choosing pet friendly accommodation with an enclosed yard is a must for truly pet-safe holidays.

Secure balconies: Just as a secure yard is a must for pet friendly accommodation, if you are staying on multi-levels make sure balcony areas are safe and secure.

Fenced pools and spas: It’s not just kids who need the safety of a pool gate, so check that any pool or spa areas are fenced, or prevent access to these areas by keeping your dog indoors or in other yard areas where they can’t gain access.

Nearby pet friendly areas: There’s no point taking your dog on holiday, if they can’t get out and about and enjoy the sights with you. Find local off leash parks, beaches or pet friendly dining so your dog can enjoy its holiday too and not have to stay couped up in an unfamiliar house.

Know the ‘pet friendly’ rules: Some places may say they are pet friendly but then stipulate that your dog must be kept to outside areas only. Always check the rules before you go and check with the accommodation owner if in doubt.

Fortunately Take Your Pet has taken the hard work out of booking pet friendly accommodation for you, so check their website out for great places to stay like some of the great properties featured on Pooches at Play.

You can also check out some other useful tips here before you take your next family holiday!


About the Author: Lara Shannon is co-Host of Pooches at Play and has completed a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the National Dog Trainers Federation. Lara also runs her own dog walking, dog minding and dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area.