Planning a hotel stay with your dog?
To make sure your visit goes well:
* Ask whether dogs are allowed when you make the reservation and find out what additional fees are charged: Some hotels have high nonrefundable fees; others have refundable fees or per-day charges.
* When you leave home, call ahead to let the hotel know when you’ll arrive; remind staffers that you are bringing a dog.
* Ask about pet policies. Many hotels specify that dogs must be at least a year old, trained and small or medium-sized. There may be a weight limit, but often there is some flexibility.
* Read any pet policy contract carefully before signing. A common practice is to specify that dogs can’t be left alone in the room.
* Leave barkers or miscreants at home.
* Take your dog’s crate and put him in it when you’re going to be away from the room. That’s the safest way to make sure he doesn’t escape if a hotel staff member enters the room.
* Ask the concierge for information about dog parks, nearby trails and outdoor restaurants where your pooch can dine with you.