Hello, I am a host who allows pets. I do so because of my market and the niche I have crafted for myself over the last eight years of hosting. Roughly 1/3 of hosts in the area allow pets because our draw is outside recreation, namely hiking.
The majority of my guests bring pets and the overwhelming majority of those guests are trouble-free. They have been responsible and respectful of my house* and good judges of their pets’ capabilities and limitations. However, I would say about once a year I have someone who takes advantage, namely in the form of leaving their pet alone in my cottage for long periods of time.
I have played around with all kind of language to discourage that behavior and for a while I thought I had hit upon a magic phrase by saying “please show good judgement in leaving your dog alone in a strange place for minimal amounts of time” but it is clear that is no longer sufficient and leaves the door open for “misinterpretation” or actual ill-intent.
As of yesterday I updated my Pet Rule - always in the Rules, otherwise it is not enforceable by Airbnb - but I was hoping for some insight from other hosts who allow pets. (If you do NOT allow pets - and want to tell me how I should not, too, I can appreciate that, but please scroll on.)
- DOGS and CATS are welcome with a flat, per pet fee of $65. IMPORTANT NOTE: we LOVE to welcome responsible owners, but please show good judgment in leaving your dog alone in a strange place for minimal amounts of time - no longer than 4 hours. If you plan on leaving your dog longer than 4 hours you must use an off-site pet sitting service. There are highly rated Rover hosts within 15 minutes of [Name of Property] who would love to spend quality time with your dog. In other words - and a small percentage of guests have forced me to say this, but I must say it nonetheless - please do NOT use [Name of Property] as a free alternative to properly boarding your dog.
Other Pet-Allowing Hosts, what am I leaving out? Should I require guests to crate their dogs? A lot of dogs are not crate trained and I get a lot of guest with labs and retrievers and the like. Is four hours too long? Three hours seems too short. I call upon the collective Hive Mind wisdom of the forum!
*For those who don’t know me, this is my beloved second home, lovingly restored over many years. This is not an investment property. My guests love the cottage for its authentic homeyness and charm.