Do you have a friends-and-family road trip coming up? Are you worried that your pup or cat’s lack of manners could land you in the dog house? Follow these tips, and your visit will be a treat for everyone!

Woman in a summer dress with a suitcase in one hand and the leash of a Jack Russel Terrier in the other

Being a guest in another person’s home can breed tension for anyone. But add your dog or cat to the mix and the situation can turn downright hairy! Don’t worry – being a considerate guest with pets isn’t as hard as you might imagine.

Being A Considerate Guest With Pets

As with most pet friendly adventures, advance preparation leads to success! If you’re planning to travel with your pet, now is the time to start getting ready.

1. Check to be sure your pet is welcome.

Bringing your pet along as a surprise for your host is never a good idea. It’s possible that your friends and relatives might not be comfortable having your pet in their home, or could be allergic to your furry travel companion. So, confirm in advance that your pet is welcome to join you, and discuss any restricted areas and pet-related rules for your stay.

Brindle dog looking through the bars of a jail-like window in Tombstone, AZ

2. Brush up on obedience.

Traveling with your pets means introducing them to new places, scents, and people. It’s your job to help them determine which behaviors are appropriate in new environments.

In preparation for your trip, spend some time refreshing your dog’s basic obedience skills so he can showcase his manners and impress your hosts. Simple commands like “Down,” “Stay” and “Leave It” can curb overly-enthusiastic greetings, stop a dog from bolting out a door, or keep him from eating something harmful.

READ MORE ⇒ Training Your Dog To Travel

Brindle dog on a yoga mat with a stuffed toy

3. Give your pet a comfortable retreat.

Pets can easily be overwhelmed by large groups, so provide them with a retreat away from the activity. Set up a bed or crate in a quiet spot to give them space to relax.

Brindle dog cuddling a stuffed grey puppy

4. Keep to your pet’s normal schedule.

As simple as it seems, feeding and exercising your pets on their normal schedule will help reduce their anxiety. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you of your pet’s feeding time and don’t skip their daily walks. It’s the perfect opportunity for some one-on-one time!

Man and dog walking on a pet friendly dirt trail in Albuquerque, NM

5. Avoid digestive disaster.

It’s tempting to spoil your pets with foods and treats while you’re on vacation — and your dog will likely be more than happy to try everything! But many foods are dangerous for pets. And even eating healthy foods he’s not used to can put your pet in gastrointestinal distress.

It’s best to stick to his regular diet while you’re traveling. So, let your hosts and other guests know that anyone offering unapproved treats might be cleaning up later!

Close-up of brindle dog with his mouth wide open

6. A considerate guest with pets leaves no trace.

The best way to ensure you and your pet will be invited again is to leave your host’s home as you found it. Bring a spare sheet to cover the bedding if you know your pet will insist on sleeping with you. Pack your lint roller and remove any fur your pup might leave on the sofa. And be sure to pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste in the yard.

Brindle dog laying on a blanket on a bed

7. Keep your cool.

Remember that your pet will pick up on your feelings, and excitement, anxiety, and stress are common emotions when we travel. Pay close attention to how you’re feeling, because those are the vibes you’re sending your pup. If you find yourself feeling tense, take a breath, relax, stay calm, and have fun!

Brindle dog looking at the camera with a man in sunglasses and an orange t-shirt sitting behind him

Will a hotel work better for you?

Honesty is important when choosing the best accommodations for you and your pet. Being a house guest with pets requires patience and understanding. If you have a rambunctious pup or just prefer to have your own space relax and unwind, consider getting a hotel room.

Having a retreat that you and your pet can enjoy together might be the highlight of your trip!

READ MORE ⇒ Tips to Keep Dogs Quiet in Hotels

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We hope these tips help you and your pet impress your hosts and have them looking forward to your next visit!

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