If I do start allowing pets what are some rules I should put in place? What are things I should provide when a guest has a pet. Any specific rules/process that you feel have saved furniture, damage to hardwood, carpet, etc.
Could you tell me a little about your listing? or post it or PM it to me? I allow pets as well as boarding dog in my home so I have a lot of experience and opinions. LOL>
Depends on your price point. We used to accept dogs and it was fantastic but the homeowners’ association mandated against renters having pets.
We didn’t charge a pet fee (depending on the season and local events we’re $120 - $200 per night for a one bedroom apartment).
We provided dog treats, feeding bowls, a dog towel, those collapsible travel water bowls, plastic bags in a container thingy that clipped onto the leash and -crucially - two easy-to-wash throws that I asked guests to put on the furniture just in case. I’d say that ‘I’m sure he doesn’t go on your furniture at home but you never know what he’ll be like in a strange place’.
We are lucky though in that we have tile throughout - no carpet.
Only once was extra cleaning required and that we due to dog hairs, nothing else. We often got doggy people staying and they were grateful to find somewhere.
Thank you so much for the response and ideas! We are in the $119-150 range for a two bedroom. It’s also a very young area and the community itself has tons of dogs around.
You’ll probably find that it will be very successful, especially if you have a dog park nearby or coffee shops etc. that accept pets. If you can recommend dog-friendly places to your guests, they’ll love it.
If you allow dogs you should have an extra charge. There will be extra cleaning. You should have rules, but these can differ from place to place.
Like Jacquo I supply poop bags in a thing that clips to a leash. I also buy the $2.50 fleece throws from Walmart for them to spread on the bed and then I tell them to take the throw. I used to supply and old blanket but then I have to wash it and then it still has hair on it. Buy sticky rollers in bulk whether you end up allowing dogs or not.
Also dogs will smell the other dogs and some will want to mark in the house. This is not related to being housebroken, it’s related to marking impulse. So having them take the blanket removes one of the things the dog scent was on. You will want to buy a blacklight and enzyme cleaners for if a dog has an accident or marks. Some dogs left alone may scratch on doors or do other destructive things.
I allow dogs because it’s just one room with bathroom and I get a lot of one night guests. If someone has a dog and needs to leave it alone in the room I will offer to watch the dog in my part of the house. Sometimes this is for a fee and sometimes I just do it for no additional charge. If I were to hear a dog scratching or barking while the owner was out I would go into the guest room to stop the destruction. That’s not an option for you.
If I had a 900 sq ft space I probably would not allow dogs or I’d have such a substantial charge that it would deter many pet owners.
We have a separate dwelling for our airbnb and allow pets AFTER CONSULTATION (we’re not IB) We also ask every potential guest if they are bringing a pet. We do this so we can then ask them to confirm they have read and agree to our pet rules, before the booking is confirmed.
Our rules are:
Not on any soft furnishing or beds.
Accompanied whilst in the garden and any ‘mess’ swiftly cleared up.
If wet or muddy paws are cleaned prior to entry into the home.
No more than two pets at one time.
We also establish if they have a dog towell and provide one if not. Also have a bin outside for their poo bags (which doubles up for nappies when needed).
Mostly it works, but you’ll still get guests allowing their pets on the sofas. Very hard to police, but if we see it happening, it gets mentioned and guests apologise, but as soon as we’re gone…! We don’t charge extra for pets.
This reminds me - I once had a call from Airbnb. This was in the days when we could accept dogs. A guest had arrived in our city but had found that the accommodation she booked wasn’t up to scratch so Airbnb called me to see if I would rehouse her - just for the one night. I agreed to do so.
Only then did the Airbnb person tell me that she had not one but four dogs with her!
The most I had was three. Another time I had a woman with two cats one dog. But they were moving, not touristing. I’d like to take my dogs with me on a trip but think finding a place for three dogs would be impossible. I could travel and leave my dogs or one or two with Rover hosts but that would be so inconvenient
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We do not accept any pets and we don’t have any ourselves. Many of our guests like that. Some have allergies to pets. We don’t have to deal with pet hair, smell, poop or noise. There is a niche market for no pets, too!
I accept pets, well dogs so far.
You are of course required to accept Assistance Animals so in reality not much difference.
We accept only dogs. We offer instant book but one of the things I request when they do instant book is to notify me whether or not they are coming with a dog. We did learn that we needed to provide “dog towels” AKA towels that are old, no longer suitable for guests. It rains, there is dirt, pooches have accidents too and I don’t want them being cleaned up with our people towels. We locate them separately but very near our guest towels and have it listed in our information booklet. Our listing is a log cabin with yard space and is mainly used by weekend “un-pluggers” so we find that our guests who travel with dogs have well behaved animals. We have yet to have any problems
I request this too but most don’t do it. I think there is such a push by Airbnb for instant book that they don’t even notice that. I have no problem getting people to pay but it is usually extra work.
not if you have an allergy to them.
What if I have a health or safety concern related to assistance animals?
It’s important to be aware of the fact that the assistance animal, whether a service animal or emotional support animal, plays an important role in your guest’s ability to travel. However, if your listing includes a shared space and an assistance animal would create a health or safety hazard to you or others (e.g. allergies and pets who are unable to share space with other animals due to a safety concern), we will not require you to host the guests with the assistance animal. Please be clear and polite when communicating with guests about this. We also suggest you include information regarding any allergies or any safety concerns regarding your pets in a shared space in your listing description in order to better inform prospective guests.
I am planning to not allow dogs, even though we have one and we are hoping our guests will be ok about some neighbor dogs ocaisional barking. The main reason, is there is no fence and its possible that a coyote would come along and kill a small dog, or a red tail hawk could pick an unattended mini one up. Hopefully a hint in either of those directions will deter dog owners. But then if its a large dog we could baby sit it with in our own fenced area…
We provide poo bags. Dogs are not allowed to be left inside when owners are out. Dogs can be left alone on property upon agreement. Our town is dog friendly so people can take their dogs out with them. I don’t mind hosting dogs as we have two ourselves and I don’t have to worry about them annoying guests when their dogs can also annoy us. Last week we had a dog come in, sit on the lounge and watch TV with us. Very cute.