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Kipling and Hotel Rooms...not so much

So we're back from a really fun weekend away. We decided to take Kipling with us to a family reunion. He was great in the car all the way there.

When we got to the hotel he was beside himself excited. Lots of pulling and even some crying. He seemed out of sorts - this says to me we do not expose him enough to new situations.

He eventually settled but my question is about hotel rooms. We use his travel crate when we take him anywhere. He likes this crate. And we take him with us as much as we can, but one night we were going to a restaurant for dinner. Just as we would at home, we crated him and were heading out. We stood outside the door and heard him start barking....non stop....bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark ....so that wouldn't do. He sounded stressed etc. and we couldn't let the other hotel guests live with that. So we had to take him with us. He waited in the car. It was not long and it was not hot. He slept in his crate.

My question is this - how do we train him so he does not do this in strange places? He seemd so worried we would leave him. I was surprised.

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oh poor Kipling. I really have no advice. but will be watching with interest. What? no pictures?




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In all our years of traveling with dogs we've never left one in a hotel room alone! We always would eat take out!!! I know we probably cater to our pets too much but that's just us. I would like to know, too, if there is a way to get them used to staying in strange places without waking everyone there.

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We have taken Augie a few times now to motels. We do not leave him in the room unattended, however. I believe the places we have stayed said you are not to leave them alone in the room. We have left him in his crate at people's houses, where he does fine, or attached to his car seat. We have not traveled yet with him when it was hot. In motel rooms, when someone goes by the door with a cart or something noisy, he has barked. I just wouldn't feel comfortable leaving him in the room alone. I will be interested in hearing what others do. Poor Kipling - sorry he was stressed!

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Yep - and Kathie if we could we would take him too...but it was a family reunion...and we were meeting family...who do not have dogs...so...not a lot of choice there. Plus we leave him at home when we go out with no problem at all. But in the hotel, he just wasn't comfortable.

Overall he had a blast and made new friends. He was the hit of the reunion. It's sweet how his personality just spoke for itself.

And please everybody - know that we did not leave him - he was stressed for a matter of minutes...I don't want anyone to think we let Kipling suffer in the hotel room.

Pictures you say Missy? How about this one..he's hoping for a taste of the BBQ...


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He was just being his old cute self! What a great picture!

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Thank you Kathie...I really could eat him up.


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yummmmm Beef? or Chicken?

Sylvia, we all know you would do nothing to harm the amazing Kipling. I know you will work out how to do this.

Did you try to leave soon after checking in? If so, perhaps schedule so you can all spend a little time in the room together, then go for a walk, come back spend some time and then try to leave. Maybe even leave for a minute at a time and make a game out of it... treat big time when you come back.

I hate the idea of kipling being stressed like that so I can only imagine how you felt.




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Thanks for that Missy - I do feel better hearing you say that. He managed to find a bite or two of hamburger. Lucky boy.

We had been in the hotel room with him for a while but even when just one of us left he would get antsy. At one point DH and kids went swimming. He stayed with me and spent much of his time checking the door and crying. I talked to him the whole time. It made me aware of how little we expose him to new situations. Even at the actual reunion, which was at a family member's house, he wandered and went to everyone, but if I or DH crossed the room and went anywhere near the door he was on alert....So likely yes..it will take practice just like you suggest. The main goal is for him to feel safe. I don't want him to stress that we would ever leave him but who knows what his furry head is saying!

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When we took Snickers with us last summer we also made it a habit to either either order in or eat out with her along with us.. There were several notable exceptions, both of which were at pet friendly motels (not hotels), both times the desk clerk said they would be happy to watch snickers (in her crate) while we went out to eat. So we'd bring her and her crate down to the desk and let her become 'friendly' with the clerk, then out we'd go. She was fine, and we enjoyed a 2 hour mini vacation!

As far as her stress goes .... same treatment as any SA ?? Maybe make it a practice to head out to a local motel for a night out a week? Kinda expensive but somehow she needs to equate travel and new rooms (even with her loved crate) with it being ok - you'll be back shortly. Dunno - this is a toughy.

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