Here are some tips on how to provide Airbnb pet-friendly accommodation, get great reviews and have a stress-free stay. When we’re not camping, we often choose to stay with our dogs on Airbnb rental and we’ve found amazing ones in both the US and Canada. So far, we’ve had great reviews, thanks to Airbnbs’ choice of pets with great hosts and trying to practice what we do everywhere when we travel with our dogs, which means “leave no trace.”
Step 1. Find an Airbnb suitable for dogs
At Airbnb, we usually set up our search filters for: “the whole place” and “pets”. Be sure to check for additional fees, especially those per dog, as they vary considerably and can become quite expensive. You will also want to read the property description carefully to get clues as to how well the environment may be suitable for your particular dog. For example, we tend to avoid places with descriptions such as a “working farm with a flock of happy chickens” and Airbnbs, where dogs will share a common yard or enter with the owner’s own pets. We are also looking for properties that have hard floors and little or no carpet.
After booking, send a friendly message to the host, letting them know in advance that you will be a great guest. Here is an example of one we sent before.
Step 2. Get ready for a great stay
If your host does not supply cleaning products, consider getting your own so you can be a “leave no trace” guest. There are those who are always welcome! We always travel with our own cleaning wipes, microfiber skirt cleaner (we like Op-Cedar mop with removable pad and spray bottle), moss roller, fragrance-free or low-fragrance home cleaning products (Lemi Shine is a favorite), environmentally friendly powder for the floor and extra towels and old sheets to cover things like chairs and sofas. We tend to pack our own duvets and pillows, as well as dog beds, along with a 10 ‘x 16’ waterproof cover that can cover most sofas. One more thing, be sure to bring to bring a lot of bags, as well as a good delivery of your pet’s favorite treats. New places can make some dogs worry, and a little positive reinforcement with something tasty can make things go more smoothly!
Step 3. Arrival!
Since we usually travel together, we usually have one person waiting in the vehicle with the dogs while the other goes and checks Airbnb for pet readiness. Here are some tips for your arrival:
Take a few pictures of the rooms so you can restore everything to its original state. Check the yard for hazards – such as open jacuzzis, holes in fences, bones and sticker holes. Cover all furniture and chairs that your pet may try to climb. (We do this along with placing our luggage on sofas and love seats to further discourage our dogs from getting on them, as seen in the photo above.) Remove the decorative pillows and replace the blanket with the one you are wearing after which place the owner’s items in the closet where they will stay clean. Close all rooms you will not use to have less cleaning when it comes time to vacate.
Step 4. Follow your host’s rules
When staying at Airbnb with your dogs, make sure you follow the rules of the host, especially if they do not allow pets unattended. If they allow well-behaved dogs to be left unattended, first take them out on a potty, leave them water and a comfortable dog bed, and limit the time you are away from. If you do retire for a while, you may want to leave the TV or radio on at low volume to distract your pet from new and unfamiliar sounds, as well as your absence.
To be sure, we carry a wireless dog camera with us to monitor our boys if we go out to dinner. Once we pair it with WiFi on the Airbnb host, we can pull the camera to our phones wherever we go, although we never get very far. These comfortable little devices have a two-way sound (Stevie, get off the couch!)
Step 5. Prepare to leave
View the photos you took when you arrived and restore the rooms to their original condition. Gather the dogs in the car if it is safe to do so. Never – even for a short time – leave a dog unattended in a hot car! We usually have one person waiting with the dogs in the vehicle while the other tidies up. Clean the floor and check for dust (and dog hair). Make a thorough inspection of the yard and take all the khakis, as well as check for holes that your dog may have dug and more. are needed, such as garbage disposal and recycling, door locking, turning off lights and alternating current, etc. When you think you’re ready, swap places with your partner and make them go around to see if there’s anything you’re missing. Another pair of eyes can be very helpful! When leaving, send a message to your hosts to let them know which rooms have not been used and where you have stored the bed linen you have not used.
Step 6. Write a good review
If you left the place as you found it and followed the rules of your host, you should get a good response in return. So far, we have had all the positive reviews from more than thirty Airbnbs, in which we have stayed for pets, in which we have stayed in the USA and Canada.
Here’s a small sample of some of the great Airbnb pet features we’ve stayed with over the last few years.
Happy travels! Remember … don’t leave a mark – whether it’s on the trail or when you’re with your dogs at your favorite Airbnb pet.