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Having never travelled with our 5 month old Havanese, we are curious as to what other owners have experienced when staying in a hotel, motel or condo when traveling or on vacation. KC can be rather loud when he decides to act out or do his zoomies around the room. We encourage him to be calm and quiet at times, but he is pretty stubborn and enjoys being vocal. Any suggestions?


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Strange places illicit fears, and fears exacerbate vocalization. Realizing whatever your pup needs to feel safe is key, whether it is his kennel with a towel draped over, or a familiar toy with familiar bedding, or whatever. Practice utilizing those items before you travel. Ask for a room away from others, like at the very end of a long hall. Don't go off and leave him in the room alone or he will most certainly cause a commotion. Order dinner in or go get food to go with the pup and eat back in the room. No matter what he does, don't scold or accelerate his angst by using a loud or raised voice yourself. Keep in mind this is a new strange world. He is just a baby, so treat him that way. Stay calm and he may follow suit.

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Strange places illicit fears, and fears exacerbate vocalization. Realizing whatever your pup needs to feel safe is key, whether it is his kennel with a towel draped over, or a familiar toy with familiar bedding, or whatever. Practice utilizing those items before you travel. Ask for a room away from others, like at the very end of a long hall. Don't go off and leave him in the room alone or he will most certainly cause a commotion. Order dinner in or go get food to go with the pup and eat back in the room. No matter what he does, don't scold or accelerate his angst by using a loud or raised voice yourself. Keep in mind this is a new strange world. He is just a baby, so treat him that way. Stay calm and he may follow suit.


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We took Scarlett from NJ to Springfield and Boston (weekend trip) when she was 4.5 months old. I bought a small dog playpen with a floor and zipper top and she stayed in it while we did what we had to do. I put a puppy pad in it along with her toys, blanket and water. She did great! Quiet as far as I know. We left the TV on while we were out. Funny thing...we were on the 8th floor. After getting off the elevator after the first walk she knew exactly where the room was! Smarty pants!



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I made sure that all my puppies were very familiar with and comfortable with being crated before we took them to a hotel room. So there was never any noise when they were crated. I'm also a believer that tired puppies (and dogs) are good puppies, so we made sure they had plenty of time to walk and sniff outdoors, them played a nice game of fetch in the room. As Tux's mom said, we never left them in the room alone as puppies, even though they were quiet in their crates. We either ordered in, brought take-out back to the room, or went and ate take out sitting in the car with them.

Now, as adults, they will all (or alone or in any combination) stay quietly and happily in their crates while we eat elsewhere, but we don't leave them alone for long periods, even crated. If we DO leave them crated, we put the "do not disturb" tag on the room door, and leave our cell phone number with the desk in case of emergency.

It also helps that our dogs are indoor potty trained, and will use a UgoDog set up for them. This is a HUGE help first thing in the morning when you are on the 17th floor!!! If your puppy isn't 100% reliable in terms of potty training, I would keep a belly band or panties on them at all times in the hotel building. They do NOT like accidents! We also always bring bottled water for our dogs, as we have found that new water supplies sometimes cause upset tummies.

Finally, we bring sheets to put on the beds. Our dogs are used to snuggling with us, (even though they sleep in their crates over night) and even in hotels that don't have rules about dogs on the furniture, we think it's just polite to keep feet and hair off.

A friend of mine and I have traveled two days by car to the national specialty with as many as 5 Havanese, and we've made it work! . We love having our dogs with us, so it was important to us that we teach them good "company manners" and introduce them to traveling often and early. They are all good travellers, and have been from Georgia to Prince Edward Island and from Cape Cod to Chicago!


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I made sure that all my puppies were very familiar with and comfortable with being crated before we took them to a hotel room. So there was never any noise when they were crated. I'm also a believer that tired puppies (and dogs) are good puppies, so we made sure they had plenty of time to walk and sniff outdoors, them played a nice game of fetch in the room. As Tux's mom said, we never left them in the room alone as puppies, even though they were quiet in their crates. We either ordered in, brought take-out back to the room, or went and ate take out sitting in the car with them.

Now, as adults, they will all (or alone or in any combination) stay quietly and happily in their crates while we eat elsewhere, but we don't leave them alone for long periods, even crated. If we DO leave them crated, we put the "do not disturb" tag on the room door, and leave our cell phone number with the desk in case of emergency.

It also helps that our dogs are indoor potty trained, and will use a UgoDog set up for them. This is a HUGE help first thing in the morning when you are on the 17th floor!!! If your puppy isn't 100% reliable in terms of potty training, I would keep a belly band or panties on them at all times in the hotel building. They do NOT like accidents! We also always bring bottled water for our dogs, as we have found that new water supplies sometimes cause upset tummies.

Finally, we bring sheets to put on the beds. Our dogs are used to snuggling with us, (even though they sleep in their crates over night) and even in hotels that don't have rules about dogs on the furniture, we think it's just polite to keep feet and hair off.

A friend of mine and I have traveled two days by car to the national specialty with as many as 5 Havanese, and we've made it work! . We love having our dogs with us, so it was important to us that we teach them good "company manners" and introduce them to traveling often and early. They are all good travellers, and have been from Georgia to Prince Edward Island and from Cape Cod to Chicago!


Love hearing this! Thank you for all of the helpful tips!


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Our dogs also camp with us every year. (several times) That is actually our prefer method of traveling with them!
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And lookie at the one-time "dog hater" with a certain little black one on his lap or legs all the time!

I always love those photos!
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And lookie at the one-time "dog hater" with a certain little black one on his lap or legs all the time!

I always love those photos!
Yep. The two of them are together all the time. I am definitely "second best". She loves me when he's not home.
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I made sure that all my puppies were very familiar with and comfortable with being crated before we took them to a hotel room. So there was never any noise when they were crated.
I agree. Unfortunately for us, while Perry is fine in his crate he's basically fine when he's in a familiar environment and/or during his usual times. So, it's hard to get him used to being good/ quiet in a crate in a hotel. So, we try to spend as little time as possible outside of the hotel if he's there, but are hoping to work up to a point where we can leave him alone in the hotel, but so far he's quiet at home in his crate... will whine a little but not really bark when at my Mom's in his crate, but can bark when at a hotel.
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