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  • Janice Pollard

Should I allow dogs at my short-term vacation rental?

Are you a vacation rental host wondering whether to open your doors to your guests' four-legged friends? Welcoming dogs at your short-term vacation rental can be a game-changer, both for your guests and your business. But what about the damage pets can create? Let's tap in...

  1. Expand Your Market Reach: By allowing dogs at your vacation rental, you instantly add a vast market of pet owners looking for accommodations for their furry family members. Pet parents often have to pay to board their beloved dog, which can be $35-55 per night per pet. Most would gladly pay that fee to you instead to have their dog on vacation with them.

  2. Foster Guest Loyalty: By providing a pet-friendly environment, you're not just offering a place to stay – you're offering peace of mind and convenience. Offering dog-friendly amenities, such as pet beds, bowls, etc., makes your guest feel like you are welcoming the dog, not just accepting the dog. Guests who appreciate your efforts to create a dog-inclusive experience are more likely to become repeat visitors and loyal advocates for your rental.

  3. Attract Considerate Guests: On a Facebook Group I follow called Dogs Welcome, most short-term rental hosts report that their guests with dogs are far better behaved and more considerate than those without. They are appreciative of dog-welcoming amenities and will often take great care of your place. Does this happen every time? No. But there are certainly ways to mitigate accidents and damage before they happen:

    1. Offer a sofa protector to ease any extra burden on your cleaning crew. In fact, get an extra one as backup! Dog owners will appreciate you making it convenient.

    2. Supply convenient dog waste bags for easy cleanup in the yard and elsewhere.

    3. Provide a high-anxiety dog crate. Not every dog is high-anxiety, of course, but being in a new place and having your owner leave for the day can be distressing. Dogs are by nature "den" animals, and having protection can provide comfort. Personally, I have one like this but it comes with a hefty price tag. Note that each dog requires an appropriate size, but having an extra large one is better than nothing if you're concerned about dogs being left alone in your rental.

By embracing pet-welcoming policies and amenities, you'll attract a broader range of guests, increase occupancy rates, and boost your rental revenue while providing a memorable and inclusive getaway for both two-legged and four-legged guests.

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