So there were two topics recently I responded to which a guest just the last night made me realise I still have a lot to learn. I encourage people to bring their dogs to my place. i think it gets me a lot of guests and I love dogs. Maybe 100/200 bookings with dogs, all pretty good. I had a guest about a month ago who was a dog trainer and she brought her beautiful old girl who was dying, to to stay for four nights. All very good and she said she would recommend me to her dog trainer circle. Then last week one of them booked with 4 dogs. Again all very good. This week another stayed with 3 dogs.
Most of my experiences with people with dogs have been great but dog trainers I feel very comfortable with. It was a cold wet week (winter here in Oz) so I guessed they didn’t get out much. On Friday I had a weekend booking so went down to clean up and it smelt a bit doggy. Yes I know a recent post on this topic I argued this is a non-issue. I think I was quite emphatic that dogs don’t smell! She turned up 5 hours late with her English mum. All okay but next day texted me to say that they were allergic to cats and there was a strong cat smell and they had to leave. Didn’t ask for a refund though. So (1) apropos a conversation with Dusty I actually rang up AirBnB CS and cancelled the next night so she wasn’t charged. I pointed out in my listing it does mention cats may be present if guests let them in so people with allergies shouldn’t stay. The “strong cat smell” was actually a strong dog smell which even I noticed and had tried to remove by airing the place out and using some air deodorant. Only last week I was claiming this never happens! Tomorrow I am hiring a shampoo cleaner to clean all the carpets, I was going to do this anyway.
So as someone who has huge experience with dogs Karma what is your advice? Do different dogs leave different smells? Is it seasonal? What is the best way to remove them (smells, not dogs)?