There are many things that pet owners can do to make others more comfortable with their pet. Your dog may be under perfect voice control, but for everyone's comfort, always leash her, especially at rest stops. Dogs spook easily in new environments and can become unpredictable. You wouldn't want to loose a dog that bolted into traffic.
Accommodations are the most tricky part of pet travel. When pets are allowed, it is the small pet that is preferred. Anyone with a medium to large dog has a more difficult time checking into a hotel. Dawn and Robert Habgood, experts in pet travel and authors of Pets on the Go, tell us that nearly half of the pet-friendly accommodations they recommend place limits on the size of animals. This is why their guides always indicate pet-related size restrictions as well as fees.
When making reservations, be prepared to be interviewed about your pet. Practice patience and take the extra time to talk with the manager about your pet. This discussion also permits you to review the accommodations pet policies and programs with a live person. Some accommodations might ask you to sign a pet liability release form, while others just give you guidelines on pet etiquette. The best are those that offer pet treats and other special amenities to their four-legged guests, including homemade biscuits, meals, beds, bowls, sitters, beds, and much more.
Always assume that the following rules exist, unless the manager or written policies indicate otherwise: