WESTLAW, Ohio — Dog owners are looking for a solution to the overcrowded hotel rooms they say are becoming too cramped for their furry friends.
The pet-friendly hotels are located in hotels across the United States and Canada, but the hotels have had to make accommodations for dogs because of the influx of visitors, said Kristin Anderson, president of Dogland, a pet-focused travel agency in Westlaw, Ohio.
“The hotels have always been dog-friendly, but they are getting a lot of guests now that they have a lot more guests than ever before,” she said.
“People are coming in and just want to have a fun time.”
Dog owners who want to share their pets can use the hotel pet rooms.
The rooms are generally small, and they are more likely to be booked by the end of the week, according to Dogland.
The hotel’s website recommends bringing a dog for a few days in the weekdays and weekend to provide companionship and comfort.
Anderson said hotels have not always accommodated pets in these situations, but that is changing.
“If a dog is brought in for the weekend, and we know it will be an event, we will get a call back,” she added.
The Pet Hotel at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, opened in January.
Guests will find rooms with pet beds and pet-proofing.
The Grand Hytt Hotel, in Grand Haven, Michigan.
Courtesy Dogland The Grand Lodge of Minnesota opened its first dog hotel in Minneapolis in February.
It is located in the Grand Hotel at 1510 Central Ave., and its rooms have a pet bed, which costs $250 a night.
The Lodge of the Twin Cities also offers dog rooms and pet bedding.
The Twin Cities Twin Cities Animal Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the only hotel to offer pets as guests.
It also has a pet shower, dog-proofed dog beds, pet-safe dog kennels, and pet toilets.
A pet-free hotel is set to open in Denver next year, according a release from the hotel.
Anderson thinks it will take a while for the hotel industry to catch up with the demand.
“It is an industry that is evolving,” she noted.
“As the number of guests increases, we are going to see more and more of these guest rooms being used as pet-reservations rooms.”
Dogland plans to continue to provide free dog-reservation rooms in the United Kingdom, as well as in the Philippines and Thailand.
“We will keep our eye on what’s going on in the U.K.,” Anderson said.
Pet-friendly travel is becoming a big trend in Europe.
The European Union and the United Nations are pushing for more pet-resistant hotels and pet beds.
The EU’s pet-passport program aims to make it easier for pets to enter Europe, while the U,N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called for a ban on pet-tourism to help combat climate change.
In the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Dog Tourism Development Agency (DTDA) is developing a pet hotel in Dubai.
DTDA is partnering with the Dubai Pet Tourism Development Authority (DPTA), which manages pet hotels and other pet-related activities in the city.
The Dubai Dog Tourism City of Culture is planning to open a pet accommodation in the middle of the UAE.
“DTDAS is currently in the final stages of setting up a Pet Park in the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the new Dubai airport,” a statement from DTDAS read.
“Pet Park owners can stay in hotels or other guest facilities as well.”
The Pet Park of Dubai, which opened in April.
Courtesy DTDAs Pet Park will be the first of its kind in the UAE, according the statement.
DDDAs plans to open two more pet hotels in the country, including one at Al Ain in the Gulf city of Jeddah.
Al Ain is in the Red Sea region, and the Pet Park is located at the Dubai International Airport.
The airport has been the site of a number of pet deaths, according with reports from The Associated Press.
A spokesperson for the airline told the AP that the airline has been “extremely supportive of the project.”